Lane Johnson, Eagles state the obvious, say team faces ‘must win’ game
Given that only five teams in NFL history have reached the playoffs after starting the season 0-3, Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson arguably was stating the obvious when he emphasized how critical it is for the team to win in its matchup Sunday against the undefeated New York Jets.
“It’s must win this week,” Johnson said, via NJ Advanced Media. “You can’t really hang your head down low and feel sorry for yourself. If you do that it’ll be a lot longer season than you want it to be. As far as this team is concerned, we’ve gotta get a win over a good Jets team. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Several of his teammates concurred with the safe assessment, including defensive lineman Bennie Logan.”We definitely don’t want to go into the season 0-3,” he said. “Even though it’s a long season. We definitely want to get back on the winning side of the ball. The Jets are a really good football team, better than they used to be. We just want to go in, correct our mistakes and start moving forward.”Cornerback Byron Maxwell, meanwhile, doesn’t like the “must-win” cliche, but nevertheless that Sunday’s game is indeed … a must-win.
“I don’t like to use that term,” he said. “When you start putting stuff like that … Every week is a must win. Every week is a championship game for me. But if you want to say that … If you want to say it, say it.”The Eagles obviously face an enviable task in trying to slow down the high-flying Jets. Given how the season is rapidly running off the rails, another loss may send the team careening of the metaphorical cliff from which the team won’t recover … and something that very likely could cost Chip Kelly, who has been noticeably surly of late, his job.(image via CBS Sports)