For the Eagles, it's now or never

Ed Benkin
December 05, 2019 - 8:03 pm
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) is brought down by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Eagles still control their own playoff destiny, but they are out of second chances.

The Eagles are looking to move past an embarrassing loss to Miami, in which they gave up 37 points against one of the worst teams in the NFL. Despite the defeat, the Eagles still have their playoff fate in their own hands.  

If the Eagles win their last four games, they will win the NFC East. All four of their remaining games are against division rivals. 

Two are against the Giants and the other two are against the Redskins and Cowboys. 

Tight end Zach Ertz knows there is still a golden opportunity for himself and his teammates, but he understands the Eagles must take their game to another level.

"We're a team that's 5-7," said Ertz. "That's not exactly where we want to be. It's not about talent in this league, it's about operating at a high level, executing when you need to, and playing your best when your best is needed. The good news is there's four games left and we control our own destiny. Honestly, at the end of the day, that's all you can ask for in this league."

The first step was the work on the practice field on Thursday. Quarterback Carson Wentz says the team is focused and looking forward to their game at the Linc on Monday night against the Giants.

"We always turn the page," Wentz said. "The second you get on the grass and get back on the field, it seems like you're just playing ball again. You could just feel the upbeat and the energy. At the end of the day, where we're at isn't where we want to be at this point. At the same time, we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We're excited to put the rest of it behind us and go play some games."

A message was sent by Doug Pederson on Thursday as the players had a rare late season practice in full pads. It was also part of Pederson's statement about the leaders on the team stepping up this week.  

Lane Johnson is one of those leaders who recognizes the sense of urgency.

"You've just got to set the example," said Johnson. "It starts in practice. You can feel sorry for yourself or you can pick it up and get going. That's really it. It's not over complicated. The message is simple and it's really about an intensity you bring to practice and an intensity you bring to a game."

The players have shown their full support for Pederson. 

One of those players was Brandon Brooks, who said his coach still rules with an "iron fist," but that the players will go wherever he leads them. For Brooks and the rest of the Eagles, it's time to either get back on track or face the prospect of missing the post-season.

"It's just kind of a gut check," Brooks said. "At this point, it's enough talking. All this about we need to do this and we need to do that. We know exactly what we need to do, we need to do it."