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Morning Roundup: Dallas provides perfect chance for Eagles to bounce back

A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown

Before you dive into today's Morning Roundup, presented by DraftKings, don't forget to check out the following:

• Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro responds with his 6 immediate takeaways from Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Owen Boyle's game recap provided the ups and downs in real time.

What was the message in the locker room after the game?

"Stay focused" is what veteran defensive end Brandon Graham said in the locker room following Sunday's loss to the 49ers.  

That is all the Eagles can do.  

Going 1-0 each week has been the mantra over the past few seasons and it remains the same even after a loss.  

"The good thing about the regular season is you take a loss, but we get the chance to line up and play another good team next week," defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said.  

That team happens to be the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys, who have won four games in a row. 

The Eagles will look to bounce back going into Dallas Week. 

"I know that we are going to give our best shot in practice this week," Graham said. "We are going to keep working. We are 10-2. Alright, let's get it. The main goal is winning every week." 

Even after Sunday's 23-point home loss to the 49ers, the main thing is still the main thing.  

At his locker, wide receiver A.J. Brown was asked how long it takes for him and the team to get over a loss of this magnitude.  

"You have no choice," Brown said. "We have a big opponent coming up next week on the road against Dallas. You have to put your big boy pants on, not everything is going to go your way every single time. We have to focus on Dallas, clean up the mistakes, and continue to grow." 

This is not the first time the Eagles have suffered a tough loss this season. 

In Week 6, they turned the ball over four times in a 20-14 loss to the New York Jets.  

There was no moping around. Once that clock hit zero, the focus shifted to the following week, where the Eagles beat a high-powered Miami Dolphins offense.  

The scene was almost identical on Sunday. As soon as the game ended, it was about looking ahead to next week and how they will respond against the highest-scoring team in the NFL.  

"The thing I do know about this team, that makes us so special, is the way that we respond," Cox said. "We will take a break, come in and fix things, and get ready for the next game."  

After the only other loss this season, the Eagles won five straight games, including wins over the Dolphins, Cowboys, Chiefs, and Bills, all top teams in the league.  

The Eagles will once again look to string consecutive wins together coming off a loss, and it all starts in Dallas on Sunday Night Football. 

"Nothing is changing in that process," Jalen Hurts said. "Keep the main thing the main thing. Staying true to who we are and learning from it. Win, lose, or draw, it's always a deep, deep, dive into what we can be better at. Looking ourselves in the mirror and responding to the mistakes that we made and also to the successes that we had." – Written by Owen Boyle

It's a clash of two of the NFC's top teams as the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles host the 8-3 San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the 2022 NFC Championship Game. It appears that these squads are on another playoff collision course with the Eagles leading the charge in the NFC East and the 49ers comfortably ahead in the NFC West. The Eagles could clinch a playoff spot for a third straight season with a win and some help.

Jalen Hurts: 'We were trying to keep fighting'

On the Eagles' last offensive play of the third quarter, quarterback Jalen Hurts scrambled up the middle on a third-and-8 play. He was tackled hard after a 5-yard gain by linebackers Oren Burks and Fred Warner.

Hurts left the game briefly as he was evaluated for a concussion. After he was cleared, he returned on the sixth play of the ensuing drive, which ended with Hurts tossing a 2-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith.

"Obviously, it was an assessment in that moment," Hurts said of exiting the game. "Everybody was doing their jobs and doing their roles. I was able to come back when everybody felt that I was ready to.

"It wasn't about showing anybody anything. It was more so that the game was not over. We were just trying to keep fighting."

Hurts finished with 298 yards passing and was the team's leader with 20 rushing yards. His 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter was the 100th total touchdown as Hurts became just the sixth Eagle to reach the milestone.

News and Notes

• Wide receivers A.J. Brown (8 rec., 114 yards) and DeVonta Smith (9 rec., 96 yards, 1 TD) combined for 17 catches, 210 yards, and a touchdown. For Brown, it was the 7th game of 100-plus yards this season, tying Terrell Owens in 2004 for the most in a single season in team history. Smith continued his recent hot streak. He's had 95-plus yards in 4 of the last 5 games, with four touchdowns in that span.

• Linebacker Haason Reddick's first-quarter sack was his team-leading 9.5th of the season.

• Kicker Jake Elliott was perfect on two field goal attempts (26 and 39 yards) to tally 7 points on the evening. He has converted a career-high 91.3 percent of his field goal attempts this season.

• Punter Braden Mann has been outstanding of late. Since Week 6, Mann is averaging 51.7 yards per punt (3rd in NFL). He has also registered a 44.3 net punting average in that span (6th in NFL). On Sunday, he averaged 50.7 yards per punt, placing all three inside the 20-yard line.

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