The Eagles have lost four of their last six games and three in a row at home. They’ve fallen two games off the pace in the NFC East and the hottest team in the NFL is laying in wait in New Orleans.
It’s bad, and it could very well get worse very quickly for the Super Bowl champs.
So where do they go from here? Is there anything left to play for? Is there still hope?
Here’s a sampling of answers to that question from the locker room:
Zach Ertz: “We just have to believe, despite the evidence. The evidence says we’re 4-5 and we’re not as good as we thought we were going to be coming into this year. But we can’t lose the faith of being brothers, playing for one another, and being a family. I know that if we’re able to put a full game together for 60 minutes with the offense playing well and the defense playing well, I feel like we’re one of the better teams in the NFC. But it just hasn’t happened yet. The evidence says that we’re not a very good football team, but I think we just have to maintain that faith in one another. There’s still seven games left, we still play the Redskins twice, and we play the Cowboys another time. Is it going to be easy? Heck, no. It’s not going to be easy, but we have to believe despite the evidence.”
Malcolm Jenkins: “I think you’re not allowed to look at the big picture at this point. It’s just taking pride in the work that you do every single day. Whether it’s your preparation, the way you practice, that’s all we can afford to look at at this point. There is no big picture. It’s just one day at a time, taking pride in your work, and we will figure out the rest later.”
Chris Long: “The door’s not closed, but we’ve certainly dug ourselves a nice hole. This is the NFL, you don’t play well, you get beat, period. A team that’s 4-5, you don’t stick together that can go south real quick, but I believe in these guys, the character in this room. Last year at this point we were lighting the world on fire and this year I don’t think we’re much different a team but the record is very different and that’s because of a few little things here and there and that’s the difference between winning and losing in the NFL. Rightfully so, a lot of people are going to say the sky is falling but the players can’t have that attitude.”
Carson Wentz: “We have a lot of veterans, lot of leadership. And like you said, like Coach said, and I’m going to keep echoing the same thing, we all have to look in the mirror. What can we do differently? Where can we be better? And we realize a lot of people are going to want to write us off at this point and now it’s just time to play ball and try and go shock some people.”
Jason Peters: “We still have it, we’re just coming up short. We lost four games (by a total of) 15, 16 points. It’s little stuff. That’s the difference between this year and last year. (I tell my teammates), ‘Don’t go in the tank. Don’t listen to the negativity. Just come to work, and let’s finish.’ We’ve got the Saints next week. Tough opponent. But we’re going to be ready for them.”
The Eagles are now two games behind the Redskins in the NFC East with seven games to go.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction engine, the Eagles have a 26 percent chance of reaching the playoffs, a 23 percent chance of winning the NFC East and a 1 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.
That sounds a little high.
They still have to deal with the 9-1 Rams, the 6-3 Texans and the 8-1 Saints this weekend in New Orleans. Not to mention the 6-3 Redskins twice. And a Cowboys team in Dallas that just beat them in Philly.
But it’s really not the time to play scoreboard. That will come when the Eagles start winning games again. If that ever happens.
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