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Eagles look for an edge at home as Atlanta visits

Having lost two in a row and four of their last five games, the Eagles are desperately looking forward to some home cooking.

Having lost two in a row and four of their last five games, the Eagles are desperately looking forward to some home cooking.

With every NFL team having played at least eight games, the Eagles are one of only four with an undefeated home record.

The Eagles are 3-0 this season at Lincoln Financial Field. The other unbeatens at home are Houston (5-0), Kansas City (4-0) and Seattle (4-0).

So when the Eagles (4-4) host the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons (6-3) on Sunday, they will look toward the Lincoln Financial Field faithful to give them that extra edge.

"It's a huge advantage for us," defensive end Connor Barwin said about playing at the Linc. "Crowd noise makes a huge difference on defense, making opposing teams go on a silent count."

Of course the home field wasn't so much of an advantage last season when the Eagles were 3-5 at the Linc.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins says it's up to the Eagles to keep the fans involved.

"The home field is what you make of it," Jenkins said. "When you give your fans something to cheer about, that is usually when the advantage comes out."

This year there has been plenty to cheer about at home, where the Eagles have outscored Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Minnesota, 84-23.

"For whatever reason, our defense has played really well this year at home and given the fans the opportunity to get behind the team," Jenkins said. "When the fans get really loud, it gives us that advantage, that momentum that we need sometimes."

The Eagles have trailed at home this year for a total of 13 seconds. That came in the second quarter when Minnesota took a 3-0 lead on Blair Walsh 48-yard field goal.

Josh Huff, who has since been released, returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

That immediately got the Eagles, not to mention the crowd, back into the game.

"I think a lot of [the home success] has a lot to do with our crowd and the way they fill the stands and the noise and making it hard for opponents to come in here and play," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

Jenkins said that when the Eagles get a lead and the fans' vocal cords hit the highest limit, he can see the impact it has on the opposition.

"When [the opponents] do make a mistake, they hear it, and they feel it a little more," Jenkins said. "You can almost feel that pressure, and it is not on us. It is on the other team, so it is definitely something psychologically that plays a big role in the game."

Despite this year's success, it won't be easy for the Eagles on Sunday. Atlanta is 4-1 on the road, losing, 26-24, at Seattle, where the Eagles have to play next week. The Falcons have won at Oakland, New Orleans, Denver and Tampa Bay, so they know what it's like to go to a difficult venue and come out on top.


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