Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin doesn't believe that the Eagles overlooked the Raiders. And he surmises that it was the Eagles who beat the Eagles last Sunday, not the team in silver and black.
"We have nobody to blame but ourselves," Maclin said on Thursday at his locker. "We're going to do everything in our power to prevent that from happening again. I think we prepared right. It was one of those Sundays where nothing went right. We're going to prepare like we prepared last week, go out there and seek perfection and hopefully utilize that game plan on Monday night."
What exactly did happen? The Eagles scored 38, 22, 34 and 33 points, respectively, in their first four games. Against the Raiders, the Eagles could only muster three field goals.
"I think a lot of stuff (that happened) was because we weren't on the right page," Maclin said. "You can't take anybody for granted in this league."
Individually, Maclin came off of his amazing performance against the Bucs (6 rec., 142 yards, 2 TDs) and was held to one catch for 6 yards. And while that may have been expected with Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in the lineup, Asomugha didn't play the second half with an eye injury.
This week's challenge doesn't get any easier. The Redskins surrender an average of 16.0 points per game, good for fifth in the league.
"They're very good defensively. I think it's been their most solid part of the game," Maclin said. "I think you have to be very balanced when you play them and be able to run the ball and pass the ball efficiently."
And it's evident that Maclin will remain in the starting lineup for the near future. Kevin Curtis is visiting a specialist to get a second opinion on the knee injury that's plagued him since the preseason. The confident rookie is not feeling the extra pressure of being counted upon to deliver.
"I've said this since Day 1. It's unfortunate what happened to Kevin, but that's out of my control," Maclin said. "I'm going to do everything that they ask me to do. I'm not adding pressure on myself. Other people may think there's more pressure on me, but that doesn't really matter."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:50 p.m., October 23