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Jason Kelce Believes Eagles Have Many Areas to Improve After Huge Loss to Dallas Cowboys

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Jason Kelce Believes Eagles Have Many Areas to Improve

Following a 33-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys (10-3) on Sunday at AT&T Stadium,  the Philadelphia Eagles (10-3) are now looking up at two leaders ahead of them after falling into second place in the NFC East and fifth in the NFC Playoff race.

Trailing the Cowboys at this point in the season isn’t what the Eagles wanted, but as far as the NFC East Division is concerned there’s no need to panic.

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If Philadelphia wins its remaining four games it will also secure the division title for the second year in a row.

But that’s not going to be an easy task after the Eagles have had several areas of their game exposed these past couple of weeks.

“There’s a lot more to correct in losses like these and we just gotta go back to work,” center Jason Kelce said following the loss to Dallas.

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He also acknowledged the need for wins moving forward saying, “We got some games left. We’ve got a lot of work to do, no doubt about it.”

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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (68) and offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) and center Jason Kelce (62) walk off the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This latest loss to the Cowboys is a big one. Stacked on top of the defeat handed to them by the San Francisco 49ers (10-3) in Week 13, Philadelphia has been outscored 75-32 in December.

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The fact these blowouts have come against the two biggest games of Philly’s regular season is only a coincidence Kelce says, and there’s a much more fixable reason why the team has stacked two bad performances together.

“We just didn’t play up to the standard. We’ve played a lot of high-profile games here before and executed well,” Kelce said. “I don’t think it’s the magnitude, I mean these are good teams and you can’t make mistakes against good teams. We’ve done far too much of that.”

The Eagles left each game leading in penalties and are -2 in turnover margin in the losses as well.

Whether it be critical errors to kill their own momentum or failure to capitalize on opportunities presented by the other side, Philadelphia is off to a terrible start in the most critical month of football.

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Entering the playoffs this way isn’t going to be good for anyone, and as other teams look to copy successful parts of the 49ers and Cowboys game plans, the Eagles will find themselves having to face their weaknesses more moving forward.

Fixing it, like Kelce says, is going to take a lot of hard work and determination.

If people outside of Philadelphia start to count the Eagles out, however, they may find themselves realizing their time of death announcements came prematurely.

When it happens, if it happens, this is the way it is going to happen. This is how the Eagles will end their season—logging a flat, listless effort sometime in January because of a sagging, plodding defense and an anemic offense that suddenly lost its explosiveness.

The Eagles did not lose as ugly as the previous week against San Francisco, though they were handled just as easily by the Dallas Cowboys on national TV Sunday night, 33-13, at AT&T Stadium.

The Eagles have now dropped out of first place in the NFC East, falling to No. 5 in the NFC playoff race with a 10-3 record, matching Dallas, now tops in the NFC East, and San Francisco, which now tops the NFC based on its victory over the Eagles last week.

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