There's only one thing the Eagles can do after a 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – learn from it and move on.
The correctional period will be a short one, however, as the Eagles will be boarding a plane to Detroit on Wednesday before playing the Lions on Thanksgiving. In order to be prepared for Thursday, the Eagles will be back to practice on Monday, a day they usually have off. It's a very short turnaround, but as players in the locker room attested to, perhaps it's best that the focus has to shift ahead so abruptly.
"I'm so happy we have the short week," linebacker Brandon Graham said after the game. "I'm so happy because now I'm focused on the Lions. Today was one of those games where you're just like 'Wow, what happened?' We'll make the corrections tomorrow, but I'm so happy we have a short week. We've got to go to Detroit and win on Thanksgiving to get this bad taste out of our mouths."
"It definitely helps because you get this corrected, get the mistakes cleaned up and just get ready for Detroit," added nose tackle Bennie Logan. "After a loss this embarrassing, it's good to have a short week so you can't have the whole week to dwell on it."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travled to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in their pre-Thanksgiving matchup. View the full gallery here...
The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez to wide receiver Josh Huff, but things quickly toppled for the Eagles. Tampa Bay compiled 521 yards of total offense, Jameis Winston threw touchdown passes to five different targets and the Eagles fell to 4-6 on the season.
"We can't dwell," said tackle Lane Johnson. "If we keep dwelling, we'll keep getting kicked in the teeth. We're getting ready for Detroit on Thursday. They're a team that's kind of like us. Their backs are against the wall and they're looking to get some momentum going, so it's going to be a dogfight between us and them.
"Anything we do from now on needs to be positive and we need to start winning some games."
Obviously, this isn't where the Eagles though they would be 10 games into the season. As they look to turn things around, the Eagles can only take things one game at a time, and it starts on Thursday.
"You really just have to evaluate yourself after games like this to see where you stand as a person and as a player and just correct your mistakes and clean it up and get ready for Detroit," said Logan. "That's the only thing you can do. Evaluate this film honestly and evaluate yourself."
"As competitors, mature competitors, you have to move on," defensive coordinator Bill Davis explained. "You have to put it behind you, find out what you did wrong, and why you did it wrong and not repeat the mistake. That's the key right now. Not repeating that performance.
"It's probably good that we're playing Thursday again, but we have to move on. It forces you to move on quicker."