Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

November 22, 2018 at 1:34 am.

–Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins raised a ruckus this week with comments saying he thinks the team may have quit against the Saints.

“I didn’t feel like as a team that we had a lot of fight,” he said. “I think that when a team jumps on you like the Saints did, and things get rolling, you find out a lot about yourself. You’re going to get blown out regardless. You either get blown out swinging or blown out laying down. And I think you had a little bit of both.

“Not to say that there aren’t guys playing hard, or that they aren’t giving it what they’ve got. It’s just that we need every drop of that at this point, and we’re going to demand that from the top of the roster all the way to the bottom.”

The Eagles have scored just 21 points in the first quarter all season, which is the fewest in the league. Fourteen of those first-quarter points came against the Giants.

“We just have to catch a rhythm early in a game,” said tight end Zach Ertz. “I feel if we do that, we’ll be able to execute the rest of the game at high level. We have to catch a spark early on offense. We have to score points in the first quarter. That is the bottom line. That is the big thing from this entire season I take so far. We have to score points in the first quarter. I’ve been saying it for 10 weeks now and hopefully it comes true this week.”

–The last interception the Eagles had – and they have just four – was against New York on Oct. 11.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 — That could be the number of wins it will take to win the NFC East this year. There is a realistic shot that could happen, but the magic number may be nine.