PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Chip Kelly was wondering how his team would respond after Sunday's 50-23 loss at Denver.

He was hoping they'd bounce back rather quickly and start getting ready for their showdown with the New York Giants.

He got his wish on Wednesday.

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Any lingering disappointment and embarrassment seemed to be gone by the team took the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex.

 "I really like this group," Kelly said. "I like their mindset. I like their attitudes. You like being around them. I think they work extremely hard. I was really pleased with how they came back. But I told them that now we've got to continue it. Now that we've built upon it, we can't take a step back."

Playing the Giants next definitely helps.

There's nothing like a showdown with one of your biggest rivals to get the competitive juices flowing again.

"I'm looking forward to it and I know a lot of the other guys are, too," Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said. "It's always a real competitive game, no matter what the records are when we play."

Both teams have struggled so far this season. The Eagles are 1-3 and have suffered three straight defeats. The winless Giants are off to their first 0-4 start in a non-strike year since 1979.

But both are still in contention in the NFC East. The Eagles are currently tied with Washington for second place in the division, one game behind Dallas. The Giants are just two games back.

"Both teams have had pretty rough first quarters (of the season)," former Eagles and current Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said in a phone interview. "But the good thing is that everyone else in the division has had a rough first quarter, too. If you look at the other divisions in the NFC, we could very easily be in a worse situation. But we still haven't gotten our first win and that's a big problem."


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