Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday, October 27, 2008 ·


The Eagles looked sharp coming out of the bye on Sunday, beating the Atlanta Falcons 27-14 in Philadelphia. On a weekend filled with Philadelphia dominance (the Flyers home and home sweep of NJ, the Phillies Saturday/Sunday WS wins, and Penn State kicking OSU's ass), the Eagles let the city know that, "Hey! We exist too!"

Offense:
Brian Westbrook was amazing in this game. He showed that he is completely healthy now and just as dangerous as he has ever been. He couldn't be touched most of the game. Westbrook finished the day with 167 yards rushing on only 22 carries with 2 TDs. He also added 6 catches for 42 yards.

Donovan McNabb was solid as well, completing 19/34 for 253 yards and no TDs. He also ran the ball 6 times for 25 yards, including a 12 yard scamper and a 3 yard QB draw for a TD.

Kevin Curtis made his season debut with 3 catches for 45 yards. He is slowly starting to get up to speed with play and soon will make this receiving corps very dangerous for McNabb. DeSean Jackson continued his good play as he 3 passes for 72 yards.

Grade: B+

Defense:
The unit was good again. They held Michael Turner to 58 yards on 17 carries. One of those runs was 22 yards, their only mistake. The held the Falcons to 77 total yards on the ground. They didn't allow Matt Ryan to get into a rhythm at all as they sacked him twice, hit him hard some more, and forced him to throw 2 bad interceptions to Asante Samuel and then Lido Sheppard late in the 4th.

Stewart Bradley played another amazing game as he stuffed Turner on a lot of his runs. Chris Gocong and Darren Howard got the sacks for Philly.

Grade: A

Special Teams:
They played excellent. The return game wasn't that great but Akers kicked 2 field goals and the unit forced Adam Jennings to make a key mistake in the 4th. Details of that will follow. The held the Atlanta returners to an average of 17 yards per KO. and help Jennings to 20 yards on 4 tries. Sav Rocca also pinned Atlanta deep on their 2 with a punt that bounced straight up in the air on the 1.

Grade: A

Eagles best number: 209 (number of yards by Westbrook from scrimmage)

Eagles worst number: 55 (yards of the TD pass from Ryan to Roddy White in the 1st)

Eagles best play: Matt Ryan threw a fade in the end zone to White and Sheppard got in front of White and out jumped him for the interception and touch back.

Eagles worst play: The 55 yard pass to White in the first.


Turning point: After coach Mike Smith called his last time out with 2:30 left to save time, the Eagles punted. Returner Jennings decided at he last second to not catch the ball and it looked like he muffed the punt. The refs ruled it a muff and the Eagles recovered. After replays showed that Jennings did not touch the ball, Smith could not challenge because he spent his last timeout to save 30 seconds. The play did not occur under the 2 minute warning and therefor a bad call gave the game to the Eagles.

3 stars:
Offense: Westbrook
Defense: Sheppard
Special Teams: the coverage unit and Rocca

Eagles play next week 4:15 @ Seattle

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