"I don't think I'm going to silence them (his critics) until I get a couple of Pro Bowls under my belt," he said. "Because guys like Thomas and Pierre-Paul have been there before me. I hear that all the time. I'm definitely embracing it. It's cool. As long as I keep working, I know I'm going to be that guy that I believe I can be."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's a lot of intelligent people in the world, but there's not a lot of wise people in the world. I think Ted has wisdom. He's that wily old sage veteran in the room that we can really bounce a lot of ideas off." - Head coach Chip Kelly on tight ends coach Ted Williams.
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--ILB DeMeco Ryans already has played 927 snaps, which is more than any other Eagles defensive lineman or linebacker. He's on pace to play 1,296 snaps, which would be more than 200 more than he's ever played in his career.
--LG Evan Mathis has taken every offensive snap this season. He and RG Todd Herremans both have taken every snap. Rookie RT Lane Johnson has missed just one. C Jason Kelce has missed just five.
--WR DeSean Jackson has caught 64.2 percent of the passes targeted for him this season. That's a career-high.
--RB Bryce Brown, who had two 150-yard rushing games as a rookie, is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry this season. Thirteen of his 58 carries have been for losses.
--QB Nick Foles has thrown a club-record 233 straight passes without an interception.
--DL Clifton Geathers didn't practice Wednesday, though the Eagles said it was not injury-related. It's not known whether he will practice Thursday or play Sunday.
--S Earl Wolff's injured knee still hasn't healed. He didn't practice Wednesday and almost certainly will miss his third straight game Sunday.
--LB Najeh Goode did not practice Wednesday. He injured his hamstring in Sunday's win over Arizona. He is not expected to play this week against the Lions. Goode is the top backup at inside linebacker.
--TE Zach Ertz was a full practice participant Wednesday despite being listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury.
--WR Jeff Maehl did not practice Wednesday. He suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against Arizona and it's not known whether he'll be cleared in time to play against the Lions this week.
GAME PLAN: The Eagles have nine sacks in the last two games. They don't expect to get a lot of them Sunday against the Lions' Matthew Stafford, who has been sacked just 15 times all season. But they hope they can get enough pressure on him to force him into some mistakes. Stafford, who is second in the league in passing yards, has 14 interceptions, 10 in the last five games.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Eagles CBs Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams vs. Lions WR Calvin Johnson -- Fletcher and Williams did a good job last week on Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. But the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson has been unstoppable the last month-and-a-half.
--Eagles Gs Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans and C Jason Kelce vs. Lions DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley -- Suh and Fairley are the straws that stir the Lions' defense. Mathis, Herremans and Kelce are one of the league's top interior line trios. This is strength against strength.
--Eagles TE Zach Ertz vs. Lions FS Louis Delmas -- Delmas is the Lions' best defensive back, but Ertz is a tough matchup for any safety.