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Maclin: We're Better Than That

CHICAGO -- Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was asked at his locker about how upset his counterpart DeSean Jackson was following Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field.

Jackson had just two catches for 26 yards as the Bears focused on taking him out of the offense. At other times, when Jackson could get free, he and quarterback Michael Vick were unable to connect for a variety of reasons.

Maclin finished with four catches for 47 yards including an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Maclin, too, was upset with Sunday's end result. He went as far as to say that the Eagles should not have lost to the Bears.

"I'm frustrated right now. We let a team beat us in my opinion we're better than," Maclin said. "I'll say it even after we lost to them."

Maclin's touchdown was the only successful red zone conversion in five trips. The Eagles had to settle for a David Akers field goal on the other four tries. If one of those field goals is a touchdown, the plane ride from Chicago to Philadelphia is a happy one for the Eagles.

"We started off being one of the hottest teams in the red zone. Now, we're settling for three and that's not acceptable," Maclin said. "As a unit, we have to go back to the basics."

The Bears' ability to take away the deep ball was similar strategy that, Maclin said, the other three teams that beat them this season - Green Bay, Washington and Tennessee - were able to execute.

"When you look at the four teams that beat us, they all had a similar strategy," Maclin said. "They're not going to let us run by them. We've done it way too many times."

The Eagles have this tough loss to swallow and a very short week to prepare for Thursday night's showdown at home against Houston.

"This is not going to tear us apart of whatever. We've built a very good thing here," Maclin said. "We just have to build upon it and continue to move forward."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:15 p.m., November 28

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