Unless something changes in a hurry, this feels more like an 8-8 season than a third consecutive trip to the playoffs.

The Eagles said what sounded like all of the right things after Sunday’s dismal 17-9 home loss to the Seahawks.

Though they dropped to 5-6, the Birds have a favorable remaining schedule with the Giants twice, Dolphins next Sunday, Washington and a Dec. 22 showdown with the 6-5 Cowboys at the Linc.

Defeat the four beatable foes and Dallas and the Eagles would win the NFC East with a 10-6 record.

“We got to really just find a way to put a complete game together when all three phases are playing at a high level and a level we expect in order to win,” said safety Rodney McLeod. “We got five games to do that. We going to get it done.”

While McLeod’s optimism is admirable, there are two problems with that plan.

First, with the way the Carson Wentz-led offense is playing right now, winning those other four games is far from a sure thing despite all three teams being 2-9.

Second, the Cowboys throttled the Eagles 37-10 on Oct. 20 at AT&T Stadium and figure to be a handful for Doug Pederson and company.

“We ain’t quitting on ourselves,” said defensive end Brandon Graham. “The real fans don’t quit on us. … We got five opportunities that we can realistically make happen.”

Being without right tackle Lane Johnson, receivers DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and running back Jordan Howard certainly had an impact on the offense’s atrocious outing. Losing Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks to illness in the first quarter didn’t help matters.

Fill-in rookie right tackle Andre Dillard was benched at halftime, resulting in fill-in right guard Halopoulivaati Vaitai moving to right tackle and seldom-used second-year pro Matt Pryor playing right guard in the second half.

Regardless who is up front, Wentz and the other skill-position guys have to make plays. Going 4 for 12 on third down doesn’t cut it.

Former AAF receiver Greg Ward, who had two offensive snaps on his NFL resume prior to Sunday, spent a lot of time in the slot and had more catches (five) in the first half than rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside (three) accumulated in Arcega-Whiteside’s first 10 games. He also was better as a punt returner than Boston Scott because he fair-caught the ball numerous times inside the 20-yard line rather than allowing it to bounce closer to the goal line.

Wentz’s inaccuracy was inexplicable and maddening, and resulted in repeated boos after drives ended in incompletions or one of the Eagles’ five turnovers (three lost fumbles, two interceptions).

“Offense, obviously, (was) just not good enough with the mistakes, the turnovers, the (lack of) execution,” Pederson said. “Just not good enough to win.”

You’ll get no disagreement here.

“With the fans kind of being upset and all of that, you just have to keep your cool and stay focused on the game,” said safety Malcolm Jenkins. “At every point in this game, we were in it. Regardless of what happens, we just got to slow it down and take care of the football.”

The Eagles have produced a total of nine points in the past 6 3/4 periods going back to last week’s 17-10 home loss to the Patriots.

While New England and Seattle possess excellent defenses, there’s no excuse for managing just three points Sunday until a relatively meaningless 2-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to tight end Zach Ertz with 20 seconds remaining.

The Birds’ defense limited two high-level offenses to 17 points apiece yet it wasn’t enough to win even one of the games.

“We’re going to learn from this (and) turn the page real quick,” Wentz said. “We have six days to go out and practice, work our tails off and go get a ‘W’ on the road.”

They don’t have a choice.

While the Eagles were also 5-6 a year ago before winning four of their last five to secure the final NFC wild-card spot, it seems like a stretch to expect history to repeat itself.

Unless something changes in a hurry, this feels more like an 8-8 season than a third consecutive trip to the playoffs.

Tom Moore: tmoore@couriertimes.com; @TomMoorePhilly