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Philadelphia Eagles Will Find Motivation from Sunday’s Tough Loss

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It was a tough one to swallow for Eagles fans, a 35-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday Night at the Georgia Dome.

It was another in a long list of “would of, could of, should of” games in Philadelphia Eagles history. While the Eagles may have lost the game and Quarterback Michael Vick for the foreseeable future, they gained something as well. It was another in a long list of “would of, could of, should of” games in Philadelphia Eagles history. While the Eagles may have lost the game and Quarterback Michael Vick for the foreseeable future, they gained something as well.

They gained the feeling of a tough loss, a loss in a game they had many opportunities to win.

They gained the hurt, anger, and regret of that first loss much sooner than they may have expected.

The Eagles practically gift-wrapped the majority of Atlanta’s points. Taking nothing away from the Falcons, they capitalized on the Eagles mistakes. However, we saw first-hand how dangerous this Eagles team can be.

Now, with the first loss under their belts, they’ll have it to reflect on as the season continues. This team knows how good they are and how good they can be, you can tell by some players post-game comments. They know they should have won the game, they know they’re the better team. And this isn’t a cocky or arrogant thing, this is a clear view of what they are and an understanding of the expectations put in front of them.

We aren’t blind to the team’s weaknesses, but every NFL team has them. No team is perfect. We can all easily play Monday morning quarterback after the fact. As a fan, you have to remember that the other team is trying to win too. In a highly competitive league like the NFL, yesterday’s Indianapolis Colts is today’s Buffalo Bills. It’s a week to week, year to year battle with 31 other teams all trying to get better. With the lockout shortening training camps, OTA’s, and the free agency period, lots of teams are behind where they’d normally be. So, we have to give some things time to settle.

Michael Vick’s concussion is most definitely a worry, mild or severe it’s still a concussion. The hope is that Vick won’t miss a lot of time. Vince Young or Mike Kafka will be asked to hold down the reigns until Vick returns. With Young’s status up in the air due to injury, the duties may fall to Mike Kafka. Beyond popular belief, Kafka played well after replacing the injured Vick on Sunday night. And who knows, if Jeremy Maclin doesn’t drop the 4th down pass, we could be talking about a dramatic win.

Bottom line, the Eagles know they let one slip away. More importantly they know who is mostly responsible for the loss- themselves. There may be no greater motivator than the kind that comes from one’s self. Something every Eagles player will have an abundance of as they beginning practice this week to prepare for the New York Giants.  

Mike Santa Barbara currently covers the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers for RantSports.com. You can contact him at Mike.SantaBarbara@RantSports.com and follow him on Twitter @Mike__SB

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