The Eagles improved to 3-1 on Sunday as they picked up another win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was a game everyone expected the Eagles to win so the 33-14 score came as no surprise. The Eagles did a lot of things right but also had some areas they can improve upon. Let’s take a look at some of the positives and negatives from Sunday’s game.
- The return of Donovan McNabb. You would never know this guy was playing with fractured ribs that aren’t 100% healed yet. It only took him two plays to get the Eagles in the end zone. Not only did he throw the ball well, but he also was able to run when necessary and took a few hits and keep on playing. I was very happy with the way he played.
- Big game for Jeremy Maclin. Maclin had six receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He got another opportunity to start and showed everyone what he’s capable of. If he continues to play the way he did, the Eagles are looking at an unstoppable one-two punch with him and DeSean Jackson.
- Brent Celek. He didn’t have a flashy 100-yard game like in his last two games but he still looked good. He recorded 58 yards on four receptions and still proves to be a big target who is hard to take down. The hurdle move over Ronde Barberwas amazing.
- Defensive Line. They held the Bucs to 85 rushing yards and held Cadillac Williams to only eight yards on 10 carries. Not only were they stuffing the run, but they were in the backfield all day. They only had three sacks but were making Josh Johnson run around all day.
- Key interceptions. The Eagles had two interceptions in the red zone to prevent the Bucs from putting points on the board. They had three interceptions but it was nice to see them force turnovers when they were really needed.
- Run blocking. The Eagles couldn’t get anything done in the run game on Sunday. They were held to 76 yards on the ground and 30 of those yards came on long scrambles from McNabb. The running backs didn’t have any holes to run through.
- Wildcat offense. I don’t understand what the Eagles are trying to do with Michael Vick anymore. Many of the times he was brought in today, he was split out as a wide receiver and used as a complete decoy. They were able to run the ball decently when in the formation; however, it wasn’t in the way I imagined. Vick has yet to prove anything yet.
- Tight end coverage. The Eagles are still struggling to cover the tight end. They did play a good one in Kellen Winslow; however, they have got to improve here. Winslow had nine receptions for 102 yards and scored two touch downs. Sean McDermott has really got to study the film this week and try to work on that.
- Bend but don’t break defense. This has been something the Eagles have done for years. They let teams drive down the field, then seem to turn it on when they’re in the red zone. Johnson threw two interceptions that killed drives. Good quarterbacks won’t do this; the defense has got to tighten up.
It was a good win for the Eagles; however, there are many things they can take away from their performance. It’s important that they keep improving so when they get to the division games in their schedule they are really ready to turn it on.