Coming off the high of a win in Carolina, the Eagles returned to Philadelphia for their home opener against the high powered Saints. They would be without Donovan McNabb and the fate of their offense would rest in the hands of Kevin Kolb, who was starting his first regular season game in the NFL.
Kolb had turnover issues, but if you put that aside he performed very well for a young quarterback starting his first game. He threw just shy of 400 yards and kept the Eagles in the game for the first half. Things blew up early in the second half and the Saints never looked back. It was a tough loss and the scoreboard made it look really ugly. The most upsetting thing to me was the performance of the defense. Drew Brees was able to do what he wanted and made the Eagles pay dearly. They also gave up far too many yards on the ground.
In a two week span the Eagles went from an extreme high to an extreme low and the first onslaught of questions surrounding the team started. No one knew if the Eagles would perform more like they did in the first week or second week. Kevin Kolb did a decent job but he turned the ball over too many times for everyone to be happy. We wondered how long the Eagles would be without McNabb and if Kolb would be able to win games if McNabb couldn’t play.
Looking back now, it’s a little easier to take the loss as the Saints will be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. The team played sloppy but the Saints were no pushover team. Looking ahead in the schedule the Eagles had another home game in their sights, this time with a much easier opponent but still many questions floated around.