Patterson: ‘We’re not going to give up’

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, seen here sacking Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy in a preseason game, has faith the team can rebound despite a poor beginning to the season. — PHOTO/EAGLES MEDIA RELATIONS

Defensive tackle believes team can recover from 1-4 start

 

Mike Patterson, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, knows his team hasn’t played well over the last month. The Eagles are 1-4 heading into their NFC East matchup with the host Washington Redskins on Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m. (Fox TV Channel 29). It seems as if the last three weeks were must-wins for the Eagles.

But this game really looks like a must win for them. They need to halt the four-game losing streak if they have any chance of salvaging the season. Patterson feels the team will be playing with a lot of confidence against the Redskins.

“We have a lot of faith,” Patterson said. “We still have a lot of good players here. We feel like we can turn things around most definitely. We’re not going to give up.”

The Eagles had a lot of trouble stopping the Buffalo Bills’ running game. Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards on 26 carries in Buffalo’s 31-24 victory against the Eagles. The Redskins (3-1) are in first place in the division behind quarterback Rex Grossman (83-of-143 passes for 989 yards and 6 touchdowns) and running backs Tim Hightower (67 carries for 233 yards), Ryan Torain (19 attempts for 135 yards) and Roy Helu (24 carries for 126 yards). Patterson thought the Eagles played better against the run in the second half of last week’s contest.

“Everybody knows how we felt at that time,” he said. “I’m just hoping we can feed off of that. Everybody was out there working. The defense was getting some stops. The offense was moving the ball. It was a good feeling right there. We just have to build on that. The Redskins have a big running game. We have to work hard and go out and stop it.”

Patterson, a 6-foot-1, 300-pounder, is one of the team’s best runstoppers. He has 14 total (10 solo) tackles this season. He realizes teams could test the Eagles defense on the ground.

“That’s how it is every game,” Patterson said. “That’s just how teams are. They’re going to continue to run on a team if they feel like we can’t stop them. I wouldn’t doubt it if they came out and ran three times in a row. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. It’s going to be a big game for us, too.”

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Eagles. The team dubbed as the “dream team” has really struggled to finish games. They’ve had a lot of turnovers. The team has given up big leads. In spite of these shortcomings, Patterson remains focused on the task at hand.

“You just have to think about the positive things,” he said. “If you keep on thinking about the negative things, all the bad things will come up. You just have to think about the positive things. There was a period of time in the second half we were able to stop them. Our offense was able to score. These are the things you have to look forward to.”

 

Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com

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