** DETROIT --The Eagles' offensive line suffered a big blow early in the game, as starting left tackle Jason Peters was sidelined with an ankle injury. Initially deemed questionable to return, Peters never made it back into the game. With all the uncertainty up front, the Eagles' offense, particularly the running game, was never able to get going in Detroit.
Without Ryan Mathews, who missed his second straight game with a concussion and groin injury, the backfield of DeMarco Murray, Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles was held to just 68 yards on 25 carries. Thursday's game was another frustrating performance from an offense that is built on the foundation of a strong running game.
"It's not one guy or one position," Murray said after the game. "It's the entire team and we have to continue to get better. At the end of the day you have to look yourself in the mirror and come to work every day and work as hard as you can and control what you can control."
Murray finished with 30 rushing yards on 14 carries as the Eagles fell to Detroit, 45-14. After another difficult loss to swallow, Murray and the Eagles have seen their record fall to 4-7 ahead of next Sunday's game against New England.
"At the end of the day, we need to continue to get better," Murray said. "We know where we're at. We know who's in the game. We know who's playing and no one is playing at a high level. When you lose like this, all 11 guys in all three phases of the game aren't doing what you're supposed to do. At the end of the day, it's up to the players to go out there and fight."
Murray also echoed the sentiments of his other teammates after the Thanksgiving loss, saying that now is no time to point fingers or assign blame. It's a chance to learn from the mistakes.
"We're just going to learn from it and continue to try to work hard and bust our tails and go from there," Murray said. "I have confidence in the players in this locker room, this coaching staff and this team. The season isn't over. No one is looking to give up and throw in the towel. I think that's the wrong mindset to have. Obviously it's frustrating to play like we have the past two weeks. We just have to continue to come to work every day and fight."
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