Quarterbacks looking beastly, great defensive schemes, players stepping in and making plays, special teams not looking inept, backup offensive tackles looking like NFL players….these are a few of my favorite things. If you can’t stand the fact that I ripped off a song from a musical and it didn’t rhyme, sue me. The Eagles had a fantastic Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. Let’s take a quick look at what we learned, starting with the positives.
- Two weeks, two games, two impressive starts from Kevin Kolb. The QB controversy is in full swing again now that Kolb has shown up. With the exception of two throws I can’t find any faults in his game. The one was the INT (Tipped by a defender, had Kolb led Celek a little more he would’ve gotten the completion). The other was a forced pass along the outside. Past that….I have nothing negative to say. Great game by Kolb.
- LeSean McCoy is not only an excellent ball carrier and receiver, he showed a knack for pass protection this game. He was in on many blocks, chipping defenders and being a crucial piece to Kolb getting a ton of time.
- Speaking of pass protection, let’s give it up for King Dunlap. Last week I bashed the heck out of him and he turned around and put together a nice performance against John Abraham. It wasn’t perfect by any means but he got the job done and done well.
- Jeremy Maclin did an excellent job of consistently getting open. He ran great routes and made life easier on Kolb.
- Prior to getting hurt, DeSean Jackson was tearing it up. Who says Kolb can’t get him the ball?
- I got to give the offense kudos as a whole for not caving when Jackson was hurt. He was clearly a huge part of the game plan yet without him they still ran the offense very effectively.
- The offense responded very well to pressure after the Falcons kicked a FG to narrow the score. How did they respond? An 83 yard TD from Kolb to Maclin. Not bad.
- The defense forced a three and out on the first drive. On the first play Michael Turner was stopped for no gain by Ernie Sims. On the second play they stopped him after a two yard gain. On the third play, Stewart Bradley came flying in and sacked Matt Ryan for an eight yard loss. That is how you start a game.
- It’s obvious that this defense can stop the run when that becomes their focal point. This season they have shut down three elite running backs in Maurice Jones-Drew, Frank Gore, and Michael Turner.
- Great heads up INT by Samuel. Good to have him back in the lineup.
- Trent Cole continues to prove why he’s not only the best player on our defense….but the best player on our entire team.
- Last week I said that Bradley looked good. He looked great this weekend, accounting for 8 tackles and a sack. What didn’t show up in the stat line is that he looked very good in coverage against Tony Gonzalez.
- The LB core as a whole really looked excellent. Is it coincidence that they’ve started playing this well when Moise Fokou was put in the starting lineup? You tell me.
- Return man Jorrick Calvin had a 44 yard punt return that he nearly broke for six. No one can truly replace Jackson but we could do much worse than Calvin.
- Akers had great distance on his kickoffs.
- Rocca did an excellent job of putting the ball deep in the Falcon’s territory.
- Normally I am very harsh towards Andy Reid. This weekend he simply out coached Mike Smith. The Eagles came in with a solid game plan and executed it to perfection. Well done Andy.
- Also need to give credit to Sean McDermott. The defense played what was easily their best game of the season and much of that was due to the scheme.
- Celek continues to drop easy passes. His head is just not in it.
- Disappointed in the lack of running game success. However, I suppose when you can pass at will, why stop?
- The Falcons receivers, namely Roddy White and Michael Jenkins, were able to toast the secondary for 182 yards. That’s too much yardage to be given to two players.
- While Bradley did an excellent job on Gonzalez, the defense did allow him two TD catches. Luckily for us one of them came in garbage time.
- David Akers just had a bad day. I don’t believe it’s anything to worry about. I was very happy to see Reid give him one last shot at the end to get some of his confidence back.
- After watching the game twice, I honestly have nothing here.
Great game by the Eagles my friends. Let’s enjoy it for one more day and then turn our focus to the Tennessee Titans. And by that I mean I’ve already started my research for the next game. I have a problem.