Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Eagles aim to forget unforgettable game
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- On Sunday, the Eagles were talking about how that snow-blown 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions was a game to remember.
By Tuesday, it was just another game to forget.
“Short memory,” quarterback Nick Foles said. “Ron Jaworski said it best. You've got to have amnesia. You've got to be able to just forget about it and move forward.”
The Eagles have put Sunday's come-from-behind victory in the snow over the Lions behind them.
Foles has talked all season about his personal “24-hour rule” for putting games behind him, win or lose.
“I deal with the emotions of the game after the game and then Monday,” Foles said. “Monday night, I'm thinking about my next opponent, how I'm going to approach the week, what I want to work on and get better at, what do I think are their strengths. You really just forget about the last game.”
That is a little more challenging this week. The excitement of Sunday's comeback win in the snow had barely started receding when the Dallas Cowboys took the field against the Chicago Bears Monday night. When that game was over, the Eagles held sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
“I didn't even watch the game,” tight end Brent Celek said. “I don't have TV. But I woke up this morning, I was excited.”
“It's a good position to be in,” wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. “We feel good about that, but there's still three games left in the season. It's the NFL. There are great teams out there fighting just as hard as we're fighting.”
The Eagles are one of the few teams in the NFL that practice on Tuesday. It is part of Chip Kelly's program designed to aid rest and recovery each week. It also serves to force the Eagles to turn the page on the previous game more quickly.
“Honestly, I never really liked it,” Jackson said. “But you've got to buy in and do what you've got to do. That's one of the challenges. I do miss going into the locker room Sunday and saying, 'See you Wednesday.' But here we are in December and we're fresh and ready to go out there and get the soreness out.”
All coaches emphasize taking one game at a time, but Kelly's “one-week season” approach and emphasis on each day's to-do list has kept this team focused. The challenge this week isn't just the nature of Sunday's win, but of next Sunday's opponent.
For the first time since they were 3-3, the Eagles have the much better record. They are 8-5 while Minnesota is scuffling along at 3-9-1. This would be a perfect setup for a team to let down.
“There's nothing really in our sights other than playing Minnesota,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “Our guys have done it and displayed to us in the last few weeks that they can do it, so it's just hit the reset button and let's go.”