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Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (10) celebrates after scoring on a 46-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson says Eagles need support from fans, not boos

The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-5 and tied for first in the NFC East, tough if the season ended today the Cowboys would win the head-to-head tie breaker. Despite being 5-5 and contending for a play off spot, the Eagles have yet to win a game at home, and that has drawn some boos from the home crowd.

“[We need] everybody in the stands really encouraging instead of the opposite,” Jackson said, via Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “Trying to get that energy to be on our side. I feel like it’s against us sometimes.”

“Going into the game sometimes, when you’re three minutes into a game when you hear boos and things like that, that’s kind of crazy to hear,” Jackson said. “[I would] never blame that for the reason you’re losing, because you’re a professional athlete and you’ve got a job to do go out there and win a game. Within our locker room, there’s no game where we feel we don’t have a shot to win a game.

“We already have to beat our opponent. Now we’re trying to fight our fans. That energy to help us go out there and help us [get an] interception, delay of game penalty, whatever it is, we need them on our side, not against us.

“Can’t blame anybody but ourselves for losing a game. As long as we have that energy to help us go out there and win, that’s all we need.”

The biggest impact Jackson is worried about is on the younger players. He even encourages fans to boo him instead of some of the younger players. Jackson has been known for some on-field antics and this is some veteran leadership he is displaying.

“For myself, I understand it, being here six years,” he said. “I could understand where the frustration comes from and why the fans are the way they are. But to the younger guys, I don’t think they really understand the ins and outs of why it is we’re getting booed and the frustration and where it’s coming from. I’ll take the booing. Let them boo me. But don’t boo the younger guys.”

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