How Eagles are preparing for another tough road trip

Eagles coach Doug Pederson and the team are preparing to take another tough, long road trip this weekend to host the Arizona Cardinals.

Pederson said Thursday that the Eagles are “trying to be a little bit more consistent” than last year when they were at 2-3 and lost at home to the Arizona Titans.

The Eagles have not won since beating the Saints on Sept. 26, 2018.

But the team has won three straight and five of six against the Cardinals, which are 2-2 this season and 0-3 overall.

The game was set for 1 p.m.

(ET) and will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Peder said he wants the team to have a “good energy.”

He said the team is looking forward to playing “the Cardinals, who are coming off of an amazing season, the best record in the NFC East and the best defensive unit in the league.”

The Eagles played their final game of the regular season Thursday night at Philadelphia, where they lost 34-10.

The team has gone 4-2 since the bye week.

The teams last meeting was a 27-21 victory for the Eagles in Week 12.

Peders offense has been better with Carson Wentz on the field, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt and 5.2 YPA.

Wentz is averaging 7.1 YPA, his third-best total in his career.

Pedersen said the Eagles offense has to be better in general when playing on short field.

“We’re not going to get away from the field on the short field,” Pederson told reporters.

“The guys have to be able to play on the long field and we have to do a better job of creating turnovers.

We can do that better on the shorter field, and that’s going to be the challenge.”

The team will be without safety Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) and cornerback Brandon Boykin (ankle), who are both on injured reserve.

Pedering said he was surprised by the news that Jenkins will miss “a few games” but did not provide further details.

Pedered said the two players will be “very well rested” and said Jenkins is “a great athlete.”

The Rams have been without cornerback Tavon Austin, who was suspended for the first four games of the season.

Pedernas coach is a longtime Rams assistant and has been with the team since 2011.

Pedenson has not had a long-term injury.

He had the Eagles on their best start in a decade in 2017 and has posted wins in each of his last three seasons.

The Rams beat the Seahawks 38-13 on Oct. 8, 2018 and defeated the Panthers 31-17 in Week 10.