After last night’s win the Eagles improve their record to 4-2 and set themselves up for a big battle with the New York Giants on Sunday. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but then again it wasn’t the Oakland game either. The Eagles showed us some good things but at the same time some not so good things. The Giants are coming off two straight losses and you know they really want to come in to Philly and give us a beat down. With the way we’ve looked the past two weeks, this is a real possibility. However, I know the Birds will be getting up for this game because I know everyone realizes the importance. With that being said, lets take a look at some of the positives and negatives of last nights win.
Will Witherspoon – What a great debut for this guy. An interception for a touchdown and a forced fumble. We all heard that this guy could make plays and he showed it immediately. His run defense isn’t the greatest but when you make plays like you did, you tend to overlook it. It wasn’t terrible, but you can tell the guy’s natural position is not in the middle. Overall, I was pleased with how he played.
DeSean Jackson – We’ve come to expect big plays out of this guy and he just seems to consistently deliver. His big play ability is just nuts. I definitely didn’t expect him to go the distance on that end around but that is just the type of talent he is. His double move for that second touchdown was also very nice.
Defensive pressure – These guys were getting to Jason Campbell all night and you could tell that towards the end when he was getting knocked down, he just didn’t want to get back up. Trent Cole has been a monster all year and recorded two sacks last night while the defense as a whole recorded six. Sean McDermott decided to blitz the hell out of Campbell and it was pretty effective. If Campbell didn’t duck Sean Jones when he came through the middle, he may not have finished that game. This is exactly the type of pressure the defense needs to get on Eli Manning next week, because we all know when he starts to get rattled he makes dumb mistakes.
Offensive line – For the second week in a row I was disappointed with the play of the line. Their protection just wasn’t to the level that it needs to be and they really need to get it together as they’re facing a really talented front seven next week.
Donovan McNabb – He just hasn’t looked crisp lately. He only completed 15 passes last night and showed us a lot of his throwing the ball into the ground tendencies. I think the guy can play at a very high level, he just isn’t right now. It may have to do with the lack of protection he’s getting, but I feel like even when he gets protection, he’s not delivering the ball very well. He needs to tighten it up.
Brian Westbrook – He obviously wasn’t trying to get hurt, but the fact that this guy can’t seem to ever stay healthy is extremely frustrating. If it’s not one thing, it seems to be another. Westbrook is the type of player the Eagles can’t afford to lose right now, especially with the upcoming schedule they have.
LeSean McCoy – He was kind of catapulted into a larger role than expecting due to the injury to Westbrook but he’s not playing at the level he needs to be playing at. Again, he was missing blocking assignments and scaring me to death with the way he was carrying the football. If he continues to carry the ball like that, he is going to turn it over. It’s that simple. The coaching staff really needs to emphasize ball protection with him before he makes a big mistake.
Michael Vick – Does anyone else feel like this is just a giant waste of time? The guy hasn’t done anything. I know he doesn’t get a ton of opportunities each game, but when they do put him in I am starting to question myself why. Sure it was nice to see him complete a five yard pass and a nine yard run, but it just seems like who cares. I hope they have something up their sleeve with this guy and can get me back supporting the move, but right now it just seems dumb.
Tight end coverage – It aggravates me that I have to list this every week but here we are again. Chris Cooley came out on the first series and immediately started catching balls then had to leave the game due to injury. This seemed like it would be beneficial for the Birds but sure enough his replacement, Fred Davis, enters the game and just keeps up the pace. I don’t even know what to say anymore.
Offensive production – You score on two 50+ yard plays but other than that can only put up two field goals against the Washington Redskins? That’s just sad. They were terrible on third downs again going just 4-15. They just aren’t executing at the level they should be. They have so many weapons on this team and just can’t seem to get it together.
I feel like I’ve been ranting a lot here but despite winning the game, that was not a very good effort put up by the Eagles. It isn’t the kind of confidence you’re looking for going into a matchup with the team who is on top of your division. The Eagles have a short week now and need to look at a lot of film and figure out how they can execute at a higher level.