Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys is undoubtedly a hard pill to swallow. On a day that the Eagles held the Cowboys offense to just 13 points and knocked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo out of the game midway through the third quarter, the Eagles just couldn't get anything going offensively, resulting in a frustrating divisional loss.
It may not be easy, but according to what the Eagles said after the game, the key now is correcting mistakes and moving on before taking the field in the Meadowlands next Sunday against the New York Jets.
"We've got to get it figured out," said head coach Chip Kelly. "We let a really good defensive effort go for naught because we didn't do what we needed to do offensively and that we need to stick together as group and get this thing figured out. … We better show up this week because it's not going to get any easier for you. We've got to come back and get ready to go to work on Tuesday and get ready to play the Jets"
This is the first time in Kelly's tenure that the Eagles have started 0-2, but the Eagles did go through a difficult two-game stretch in the middle of the 2013 season, and that ultimately turned the Eagles' season around.
"We were here two years ago," Kelly said. "We lost 17-3 to the Cowboys and then we lost 15-7 to the Giants, and then we went 7-1 down the stretch. I think we just kind of went back to basics. It's still a fundamental football game, but we'll evaluate everything. We evaluated everything then, and fortunately for us, we straightened things out, but if we can't run the football, we're not going to win many football games."
After bringing in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews to a backfield that already possessed a talented runner like Darren Sproles, the run game was thought to be the cornerstone of the Eagles' offense this season, but through two games that hasn't been the case.
According to center Jason Kelce, it all starts up front.
"Right now, it doesn't matter who the running back is," Kelce said. "We're not doing anything up front to be able to give him an opportunity. We've got to get this fixed up front – blocking schemes, assignments, whatever it is, we've got to get this fixed.
"We've got to get back to practice, continue to get repetitions and continue to try to get it fixed. We'll go back to the film to see exactly what they were doing. We have a good idea of what they were doing from being on the sideline, but we'll continue to get repetitions in practice and we'll get this ironed out."
While the Eagles' offense struggled to move the ball for most of the afternoon, the defense provided a bit of a bright spot, keeping the Cowboys' offense at bay for most of the afternoon. According to defensive coordinator Bill Davis, there's still plenty of room for improvement, but it's clear that progress was made from the opener in Atlanta.
"I absolutely (saw an improvement in technique)," Davis said. "The overall corner play was better. Game one showed us where we started, game two showed us where we improved a little bit and what we need to still keep fixing, and then game three has to be better."
Starting 0-2 isn't what the Eagles had in mind, but veterans like Malcolm Jenkins and Byron Maxwell, both of whom have Super Bowl experience, know that this is when the Eagles need to come together as a team, learn from their mistakes and make the necessary adjustments.
"Stuff happens, but this is what you train for," said Jenkins. "This is adversity, but it doesn't mean that anything is over. This is obviously not how we wanted to start. It's something that we have to fix, and that's on all three phases of the ball, offense defense and special teams, to get it corrected if we want to do anything."
"We need to stay positive and not point fingers," said Maxwell. "We've got to come together as a team."
The Eagles faced the Dallas Cowboys in their 2015 home opener at Lincoln Financial Field. View the full gallery here...