Eagles, Reid left to pick up the pieces after reaching 4-7

PHILADELPHIA -- There might be no saving the Eagles this season.

The defending NFC East champions are 4-7 following a 38-20 loss to the New England Patriots that didn't seem as close as the 18-point margin. The Eagles aren't mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but it could be just a matter of time at this point.

"These last five games? I think they'll show the character," rookie center Jason Kelce said Monday. "Whenever you're facing adversity, or whenever you're put in a situation where it's tough, you don't know what the outcome is going to be for the year and everything else. I think true character. Everybody can play when you're up and when things are going well, but when you're backed into a corner, when you're down, that's when true character shows."

The Eagles don't have a lot of time to dwell on their latest loss. They have to prepare for a cross-country trip to visit the Seattle Seahawks (4-7) for a Thursday night NFL Network game.

Road games will be more hospitable than playing at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles have lost eight of their last nine games. Things were downright ugly Sunday after the Eagles blew an early 10-0 lead.

Fans started chanting: "Fire Andy!" in the third quarter, and the always-sold-out stadium was nearly empty by the end. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn exchanged words with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during the first half. DeSean Jackson dropped three passes, including two that should have been touchdowns, and the diminutive wideout appeared to shy away from contact before being benched.

"We have a lot of great players on this team, and it's hard to see us lose," defensive end Trent Cole said. "We know what kind of talent we have, so we have to pull together. It's hard. We're not going to bow our heads, we're going to keep them up and keep moving forward, go make plays, and go win ballgames."

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