Eagles have short turnaround this week

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Helping on the play is Eagles defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (52). (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
November 30, 2010 7:11:19 AM PST
Less than 20 hours after a tough loss, the Philadelphia Eagles were back on the field.

They have no time to rest this week.

The Eagles (7-4) play host to the Houston Texans (5-6) on Thursday night, so they had to recover quickly and get back to practice Monday following a 31-26 loss at Chicago.

"We have to get ourselves right in a short period of time, so that's what we're going to do," coach Andy Reid said. "We have to toughen up, and we have to roll. We have to get ourselves in the right frame of mind."

Players normally have off Mondays and Tuesdays, giving them a chance to watch film and heal the typical aches and pains that go with playing games. But that will have to wait until Friday this week.

The Eagles also can't dwell on the mistakes that cost them a win against the Bears. They just have to find a way to correct those problems in a couple days.

"It's difficult to move on, but you have to do it," quarterback Michael Vick said. "You can't go back and play the game again. It's hindsight now. We have to move forward. Short-term memory is going to be very important for this football team."

The Eagles are finishing a stretch of four games in 17 days that began with a 59-28 victory over Washington on Nov. 15. Vick, who hadn't played regularly since 2006, was sacked four times and took several hard hits against the Bears. But he downplayed the possibility that he's wearing down physically.

"It does not have any affect at all on me. After this game, I felt better than I have the last three," Vick said. "So, body wise, I feel good. I've just got to go back and correct the small things. It's a short week, so we have to forget about this one, and move on."

Vick threw for 333 yards and ran for 44 in the loss to Chicago. His streak of 240 consecutive passes without an interception was snapped when a tipped ball was picked near the goal line. It was one of four times the Eagles were inside Chicago's 10 and didn't get a touchdown. They settled for field goals the other three.

"We just beat ourselves," Vick said. "Plays that we can make, we just don't make them. So many opportunities that we had that we didn't capitalize on, and we just have to get better, starting with me."

The Bears had success taking away Philadelphia's big plays. They generated a lot of pressure rushing only four linemen, and dropped seven guys in coverage.

That forced Vick to throw more short passes over the middle and dumps and screens. DeSean Jackson was held to just two catches for 26 yards, though he appeared to pull up with a defender approaching and dropped what should've been a touchdown pass that forced the Eagles to settle for a field goal.

"Well, they are trying to take away the deep ball, and they've been doing a fairly good job of doing that," Vick said. "The thing we have to do is try to figure out what we can do and do it better. We'll get him going again. He just can't get frustrated. He has to understand that there are professionals on the other side of the ball, too. And, we have some good coaches, and we're going to make it work."

Defensively, the secondary struggled against the Bears. Jay Cutler threw four touchdown passes and the turnover-prone quarterback wasn't intercepted. The Eagles played without Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel and backup Ellis Hobbs, who is out for the season with a neck injury.

"It wasn't a bunch of 30- or 40-yard passes," cornerback Dimitri Patterson said. "It was missed tackles and a lot of short routes. It wasn't that they were targeting the secondary. They were playing it safe. We just didn't tackle. All those 15-, 20-yard gains came off missed tackles."

Despite the loss, the Eagles still lead the NFC East. The Giants also are 7-4, but Philadelphia currently holds the tiebreaker.

Notes: DE Juqua Parker (hip) and WR Riley Cooper (knee) didn't practice Monday. Samuel (knee) was limited.


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