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Vick: We're Going To Be Very Motivated

Suffice it to say that the Eagles were not too pleased Sunday night in the aftermath of a 31-26 loss to the Chicago Bears. It was a game the team felt it should have won, and it was certainly one that would have been a whole lot different if not for a costly red-zone turnover at the end of the first half.

Michael Vick has shouldered the blame for that interception, and explained Monday that his first loss with the team as the full-time quarterback was a tough experience.

"We expect so much from ourselves, and experiencing my first loss with these guys while playing a full game, we kind of took it to heart," Vick said. "We just have to understand that we're going to win together and we're going to lose together."

Vick and his teammates weren't the only ones who were visibly upset following the loss Sunday night. It was reported that head coach Andy Reid was as upset as most players had ever seen, something the team's quarterback fully understands.

"I think it was due to the fact that we had an opportunity to win this game," Vick said. "We had an opportunity to go up on the goal line, and we didn't capitalize. You just can't make mistakes down there in the red zone. I totally understand why (Reid) was upset.

"We had that one right in the palm of our hands…it just hurts us that we let (coach) down."

Of course, the time to move on has come and gone. With Houston coming to town in 72 hours, the team must quickly regroup and prepare for a Texans team that's full of playmakers (that includes Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson, who was not suspended by the NFL Monday).

Vick said that while the loss was tough to swallow, it will only drive them further as they take the field Thursday night.

"I don't think we're necessarily going to be an angry team but we're going to be very motivated," Vick said Monday. "Nobody likes to lose in this league. We expect a lot out of ourselves as a team and (Sunday's game) was very disappointing. We just want to bounce back as quick as we can. We wish we could play the game today if we could."

They can't play tonight, but Thursday will be here soon enough.

-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 6:00 p.m., November 29

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