Cary Williams was benched late in the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. (USA Today Images)
Cornerback Cary Williams said the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings Sunday was good for the team because it knocked them back to earth after five consecutive wins.
“I’m glad we lost,” Williams said.
Williams, benched by defensive coordinator Billy Davis late in the game after he was called for unnecessary roughness deep in Vikings territory, didn’t speak after the game, but he was at his locker Tuesday and had plenty to say.
Williams said the Eagles had gotten overly confident during their five-game winning streak and needed to be humbled.
“It definitely knocked us off our high horse,” Williams said. “We thought we were good. We thought we were going to be able to just go into Minnesota and win and those guys were going to lay down.”
The Eagles went into Minneapolis in first place, 8-5 overall and 5-1 on the road with a five-game winning streak. The Vikings were 3-9-1.
It was the first time the Eagles had lost to a team with five fewer wins than they had since December 2010, when the 10-4 Eagles lost to the 5-9 Vikings at the Linc in the notorious Joe Webb game.
“It definitely served as something that was kind of bittersweet at the same time,” Williams said. “It was sad that we lost, the bitter part, but it was sweet that we lost at the end of the day. Because it helped humble us.
“We didn’t want to go into this week thinking that we were invincible. It was great that they were able to knock us off.”
The Eagles remain in first place, thanks to the Cowboys' blowing a 23-point third-quarter lead over the Packers.
An Eagles win Sunday against the Bears at the Linc combined with a Cowboys loss to the Redskins, or an Eagles win over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 29, would give the Eagles the NFC East title and their first playoff berth since 2010.
“We learned from the experience, we’re going to get better, and we’re looking forward to the challenge that Chicago presents,” Williams said. “And we’re going to go out there and play tough, Eagle football.”
The Eagles certainly looked like a team that was taking the Vikings for granted.
The Vikings scored on four of their first five possessions and had a 24-9 lead less than three minutes into the third quarter.
The 48 points are the ninth-most ever scored against the Eagles and the most scored against the Eagles’ defense since a 49-21 loss to the Broncos in 2005 -- Terrell Owens’ final game as an Eagle.
The Vikings' 21 fourth-quarter points matched the ninth-most the Eagles have ever allowed in a fourth quarter.
During their five-game winning streak, the Eagles won in Oakland and Green Bay, had defeated a division opponent and had beaten two teams with winning records.
The five wins were by an average of 14 points. That gave the Eagles a false sense of confidence, Williams believes.
“We won five games in a row,” Williams said. “It’s a chance to [feel] positive about ourselves, feeling good about ourselves. They knocked us off. It was good that they knocked us off. We don’t feel overly confident. We can’t feel overly confident in these situations.
“I’m glad we lost. It was what it was. We needed to get knocked off so that we could reevaluate what we got going on here, in my perspective. And we need to get better.
“You can’t win every game, and sometimes when you get successful, sometimes you may take a couple plays off or you may do whatever. I’m not saying that we did that, I’m just saying we didn’t play our best football. They knocked us off.”