Is Sunday a must-win game for Eagles?
Chip Kelly's Eagles take a three-game losing streak into the Meadowlands on Sunday against the winless Giants. (AP)
It was only a few minutes after the Broncos had scored their final points in a 52-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spoke about how important the next few days would be.
“If we come out and we’re hanging our heads feeling sorry for ourselves, then I’ll say we didn’t have any progress or growth,” Kelly said in Denver. “[If] they come back to work on Tuesday, then I’ll be excited about this group as we move forward. I really believe they will.”
So far, so good.
Kelly said Wednesday he really likes the way his team has bounced back after allowing half-a-hundred points to the Broncos. Denver’s 52 points are the third-most the Eagles have ever allowed, the most in 41 years.
The Eagles trailed by as many as 39 points before backup quarterback Nick Foles threw a late touchdown pass to Jeff Maehl.
“They were great yesterday,” Kelly said Wednesday morning. “There were actually a lot of guys in on Monday, that’s their day off.
“I really like this group, I really like their mindset, I like their attitudes, you like being around them. They work extremely hard. So I was really pleased with how they came back yesterday.”
The Eagles have lost three straight going into their game Sunday against the winless Giants at the Meadowlands.
Kelly was blunt Sunday night in Denver discussing the effect a blowout loss can have on a team, especially one with so many young players who’ve never been through anything like this before.
Three days later, Kelly apparently likes the resilience he’s seen.
“Again, we told them, now we’ve got to continue that,” he said. “We’ve got to build upon it. We just can’t take a step backwards.”