Giants, Eagles aim to get back on winning track

Through five weeks, the season hasn’t gone as planned for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, who are each riding two-game losing streaks.At 2-3, the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles have lost three of four since winning the opener, and their offense has yet to click despite the return of starting quarterback Carson Wentz.The Giants (1-4) have had their own issues on offense (just ask Odell Beckham Jr.), though they topped 30 points on Sunday for the first time since the end of 2015.Despite the poor starts, both teams remain in workable position in the struggling NFC East entering their Thursday night meeting at East Rutherford, N.J. All four teams in the division, including the 2-2 Washington Redskins and the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys, lost in Week 5.”None of it matters if we don’t go out and win,” Giants nose tackle Damon Harrison said Tuesday. “No matter what the other teams in the division are doing, we still have to handle our business.”New York nearly did so last week, but Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano snuck a 63-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired. The crushing 33-31 loss left the Giants more excited than normal to play on a short week, embracing the opportunity to wash the bad taste out of their mouths.”This probably would be the first time where I would ever not be upset about the turnaround,” Beckham said of playing Thursday night. “Coming off a tough loss like that, you just want to get back out there.”On the other side, coach Doug Pederson sees an opportunity for the Eagles to stem the tide and regain the attitude they had during their magical 2017 season. Like his approach as a play-caller, Pederson wants his team to remain aggressive amid the setbacks.”When you lose a couple of games, you tend to sort of crawl back into a shell just a little bit,” he said. “That’s the wrong mentality. Our mentality is that we’re going to continue to grow, full steam ahead, continue to grow as a team, collectively as a group and try to get that swagger back.”

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