Reid, Eagles trying to solve late collapses

If only the Eagles could play three quarters. There’s a good chance Andy Reid’s squad would be 7-1, instead of 3-5.

Following Monday night’s 30-24 loss to Chicago, where they blew another fourth-quarter lead, the Eagles have now been outscored 24-60 in the game’s most critical quarter. That is a 36-point differential, which is the worst in the entire NFL.

“We’ve got to do a better job in the fourth quarter,” Reid said. “Some of it’s penalties, putting ourselves in a bad situation, and other parts are making sure that we get the right plays in to allow the players to execute.”

When asked if his team was soft, the coach simply replied, “No.”

Whatever the Eagles want to pin these losses on, time is running out on their fading playoff chances.

They get Arizona (2-6) on a short week, this Sunday at the Linc, before traveling to the NFC East-leading Giants (6-2).

Translation: It isn’t getting an easier.

“The only thing we can do is take it one game at a time and try to learn from our mistakes,”

quarterback Mike Vick said. “I know with myself, take a more aggressive approach and maybe study a bit more, do some things differently, try to find a way to go out and be the football player I know I can be.”

While many continue to write them off, the Eagles remain confident and insist that doubt hasn’t crept into their locker room.

“Yeah, there’s still an opportunity, man. There definitely is,” wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said. “We have a small room for error now, so we have to go out there and take care of business.”

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