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Morning Roundup: Eagles must take a 'look in the mirror' after Dallas defeat

The Eagles are back in Philadelphia after Sunday night's disappointing 37-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Doug Pederson meets with the media at noon. We will carry that live on the Eagles app and our social media channels. Molly Sullivan will recap the day's news and notes on Eagles 360 presented by Xfinity. The Eagles kick off Buffalo week with a 3-4 record set to hit the road for the third straight week against a surging Bills team that is 5-1 after a 31-21 win over Miami.

1. Doug Pederson: Time to 'look in the mirror'

The Eagles fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter after two turnovers led to Dallas touchdowns. The Eagles woke up and cut the deficit to 14-7, but the slow start was too much to overcome. It's the sixth time in seven games that the Eagles have trailed by double digits this season.

"After a game like this, we all have to kind of step back and look in the mirror," Pederson said. "Especially myself. It starts with me. This is one of those games that I take personal from that standpoint. We didn't play well. That's personal on me, so I've got to get that fixed.

"We had two fumbles to start the game, which led to 14 points. That's hard. Against good football teams, that's hard. You can't do that, miss tackles, things like that. There's just things we look at that we have to fix and we've got to fix them in a hurry and we'll take a hard look at that in the next couple of days."

When asked if this was the worst loss of his Eagles tenure, Pederson said if it's not No. 1 it would be No. 2.

2. Spadaro's four key takeaways from the game

"We just got embarrassed on national TV," defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. "That's just the truth. We got embarrassed and they kicked our (butts), if you want to know the truth."

Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro explains how there isn't just one reason for the team's struggles. It's in all three phases of the game.

Spadaro wrote, "Where do the Eagles go? They're certainly not out of the race in the NFC East, but Sunday's trip to the 5-1 Bills is going to be anything but a picnic. The team that played Sunday night at Dallas is not even close to the team the Eagles thought they put together in the spring and summer, and while injuries have crippled a team that played without wide receiver DeSean Jackson, left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan, linebacker Nigel Bradham, and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Avonte Maddox in the secondary, the Eagles just weren't competitive with what they brought to Texas with a chance to take control of first place in the division on Sunday night."

3. Carson Wentz: 'We can get these things fixed'

Carson Wentz had an off night with three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles) in Sunday night's loss, but he is not going to allow one game to define the entire season.

"We didn't show up," Wentz admitted after the game. "They beat the crap out of us and we've got to be better. But like I said, I'm confident that we'll get things fixed. This is a ticked off group. We're going to rebound from it."

One of the reasons for Wentz's struggles might be summed up in the tweet below.

4. Jalen Mills notches interception in return

The highlight of the game was cornerback Jalen Mills going up in the end zone for an interception of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. After just one week of practice, Mills returned for his first game since October 28, 2018 in London against Jacksonville. Mills started and played 64 snaps on defense.

5. Dallas Goedert experiences highs and lows in loss

Coach Pederson won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball for the first time since 2016 to spark the offense and help the team get off to a faster start. On the opening drive, tight end Dallas Goedert caught a short pass over the middle, turned upfield, and had the ball stripped by Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith. The Cowboys scored on a 20-yard touchdown run by Tavon Austin and the rout was on.

Goedert, though, did rebound, as he led the Eagles with four catches for 69 yards and his 28-yard touchdown reception briefly got the team back in the game.

"I put our team in a really tough situation," Goedert said. "But it's a part of football. Obviously, I don't want to let that happen again. I need to be more careful with the ball. He made a great play maybe. Maybe I was a little careless. I don't know.

"It's pretty disappointing. On prime time, we went out there and got our (butts) kicked. So, that's pretty embarrassing. I guess we have two choices after this. We can go forward, grow as a team and use this as motivation. I think that's what we're going to do. I'm over this game, ready to go play again next week."

6. Defense has no answers for Elliott, Prescott

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was "very shocked" at Sunday night's outcome.

"That is not what we do. That's not our defense, that's not how we do things around here," Cox said. "We have to fix it. We are running out of time right now. We have to fix it now with the guys we got. We can't make any excuses. We have to get our stuff together."

The Eagles allowed Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott to gain 111 yards on the ground to become the first individual player to gain 100 rushing yards since ... Elliott in Week 14 of last season.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 21-of-27 for 239 yards with two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and an interception. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had five catches for 106 yards.

"What are we going to do? How are we going to respond? Are we going to tank? Because this is going to define our season," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "If you start believing in one game, you are in the wrong business. We are 3-4. They are 4-3. Next week, we win, they lose, we are 4-4 together.

"I have seen this thing play out so many different ways. We get healthy, we get people back, we will be all right. We just have to keep this belief system. We can't worry about what the outside noise is talking about. Forget the outside noise. They are not doing any of the stuff we are doing. We just have to go out here and play. We can't worry about nothing."

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