The Philadelphia Eagles prevailed Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 13-6. Despite the low score displayed by the team, they really looked dominant over the Jon Harbaugh led Ravens. The Eagles looked much more organized than the opposition, and really showed the value of good coaching. This makes for a good argument that the two biggest signings were Jim Washburn and Howard Mudd.
At quarterback, Michael Vick came in and looked great throwing 4 for 6 with 74 yards and a touchdown pass to Brent Celek. He posted a quarterback rating of 148.6, which is astounding, almost the maximum to what you can go.
Vince Young showed exactly what he needed to show, a command of the offense. He threw 3 for 5 for 45 yards in a small time frame, but really showed his worth in the run game as he scrambled away from pressure to make a great run for a first down, and to make a deep pass to Chad Hall on the run in perfect form.
While many praised Mike Kafka, I’ll say this. Mike Kafka did some nice things, had some good runs, a couple of nice throws, handled pressure decently. Mike Kafka does not have an NFL arm. Maybe it is a lack of confidence, but his interception was horrendous. He didn’t prove that he has a strong enough arm to make a living in the NFL.
Jerrod Johnson had maybe two or three series, and the guy didn’t show much. He actually embarrassed himself by sliding out of nowhere for a huge loss, I’m assuming he slipped.
LeSean McCoy didn’t get much time (which is a good thing), but Ronnie Brown and Dion Lewis showed a lot of talent. On Ronnie Brown’s first five plays from scrimmage, he touched the ball five times with four solid rushes and one nice catch and run.
Dion Lewis’ stats did not show how well he played. He ran for 26 yards on 10 rushes, but looked very shifty and good while doing it. He also did a nice job picking up the blitz, which was a major concern with his size.
Graig Cooper got a little bit of time, and had one nice run of eight yards, but looked not so good other than that.
There wasn’t much to see at fullback in this game. The only thing of note was that Owen Schmitt blocked well, but we all knew he was good for that.
At receiver, Chad Hall really stood out. He had five catches for 82 yards including a 32 yard reception on a beautiful throw by Vince Young.
Riley Cooper reeled in a 42 yard bomb from Vick to finish his day, that is all you needed to see out of him.
Johnnie Lee Higgins was disappointing as he didn’t get to return a single kick or punt. He also only had one catch which went for six yards.
Out of anyone, Chad Hall made the strongest case to make this team.
Starter Brent Celek had one catch which went for 3 yards and a touchdown. He is too valuable to play too much so it was good to sit him after his moment of glory.
It was disappointing that Clay Harbor was so invisible, I expected him to be a factor being a pass catching tight end and knowing the system. If the Eagles only keep two tight ends, he is not making the case to make the team.
On the flip side, making the case for himself was Donald Lee. Lee blocked well, while reeling in three catches for 31 yards.
The offensive line looked much improved from last year. All the starters did their job, and got out. All the newcomers such as Danny Watkins, Jason Kelce, and Ryan Harris looked solid playing the longest out of any of the potential starters. Watkins did have one where he let his man right by him.
Jason Kelce adapted well to the zone blocking scheme, especially on one play where he faded back and took a man rushing off the left side.
A man who did not make a case for himself was former starting center, Mike McGlynn. McGlynn looked lazy and unable to keep his man in front of him.
Austin Howard looked decent on run plays, but was horrific on pass plays. He looked easily beatable with a speed rush, where he got beat a few times, one for a major sack.
Fenuki Tupou and King Dunlap were the only ones who suffered injuries on the team all night.
At defensive tackle, Derek Landri stood out. He had a sack, and quite a few hurries on the QB. Also, Anthony Hargrove had a few hurries from the interior.
Not many key players played tonight at this position, at least none worth noting.
The defensive ends were the highlight of the night for the birds, combining for five sacks among them. Two of the sacks were made from my defensive standout star (check twitter) Darryl Tapp.
The other sacks came from Trent Cole, Philip Hunt, and Daniel T’eo Nesheim who each had one. Even if the others didn’t get sacks, they were rushing the QB all night, forcing both Flacco and Tyrod Taylor to not get comfortable in the pocket.
No one from the linebacker position stood out. Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney, and Moise Fokou got little playing time, and were invisible while out there.
The only player that is deserving a mention is Keenan Clayton. He didn’t do much but he broke up a few passes in coverage and had a couple of tackles.
The corners provided terrific coverage and held the Ravens passing offense to 206 yards and forcing two interceptions. Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played well in the limited time they had. Curtis Marsh who has received tons of hype already played decently. He didn’t allow much in coverage.
The safeties had a big night starting with two interceptions by Jarrad Page and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Page’s interception was brilliant because it was in the red zone and picked it off at the two yard line. Jarrett’s pick was a classic example of being in the right place at the right time.
All the safeties played well tonight, and there are no complaints about any of them.
Alex Henery didn’t get to show off that boot of his, but converted both field goals attempted. One from 24 yards, one from 35 yards.
Chas Henry punted four times, three of which going for touchbacks. The first touchback was not his fault, as the coverage should have saved it from going in the end zone. He showed off a strong leg, expect for the one punt where he was pinned inside his own 20.
Overall, the Eagles played a good, well organized game, and showed their superiority over the Ravens. While it is early, it shows that good coaching means a lot in the NFL.