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Miles Sanders shakes off rust in season debut

Panic will understandably fill the streets of Philadelphia after the Eagles fell to 0-2 thanks to a 37-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

But that hysteria will not make its way to running back Miles Sanders, who told reporters after the game that he firmly believes that the Eagles are capable of digging themselves out of this early hole.

After all, he dug himself out of his own hole Sunday, as he fumbled the ball to the Rams on the third play from scrimmage. The Rams took advantage of the extra possession by jumping out to an early lead that they never relinquished.

But Sanders shook it off and finished the day with 131 yards from scrimmage on 27 touches and a touchdown, proving Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Duce Staley right when he said Sanders is capable of carrying the load out of the backfield.

Sanders received his heavy workload despite having missed almost all of Training Camp and the season opener with a hamstring injury. Sanders admitted that his conditioning was an issue Sunday, but despite some early rust, he still looked to be in top form against destructive defensive tackle Aaron Donald and the Rams.

But even with his productive day, the Eagles' offense scored fewer than 20 points for the second straight week, far below what was expected of a unit that features an abundance of speed and athleticism. For Sanders, though, getting back into the win column is not a complicated process.

"All it takes is resiliency," he said. "Coach Doug (Pederson), he always talks about that. That's exactly the type of team we are. We had a lot of setbacks last year and despite all the stuff that happened last year, we still made the playoffs. I still think anything is possible. It's still early in the season."

"Where do the Eagles go from here?" will be the question asked on sports talk shows on an everyday basis until next Sunday's game against the Bengals. Will they fight their way out of an early deficit, or will they sink even lower? If the former is going to happen, getting the ball to No. 26 has to be among the highest of priorities.

"We just got to get back to being us and stop doing too much and just play Eagles football," Sanders said.

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