Sunday, September 25, 2005

Eagles Game-Day Quick Hits

Donovan McNabb is hurting, there is no question about that. Judging from early reports, this is something that he will fight through all season. The Eagles were calling it an abdominal strain and TV called it sports hernia. Take your pick.

David Akers also is hurting and his right leg will not improve unless he takes some time off. With every kick Sunday, he was in more and more pain. But he came through when the Eagles needed him most. (No, not the opening kickoffs.)

Jeremiah Trotter was a defensive rock in the middle with 10 tackles, all unassisted, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Linebacker Dhani Jones, who struggled on the Raiders first drive, missing a tackle and blowing a pass coverage, came back strong with eight tackles.

Mike Patterson, who got the start when defensive tackle Darwin Walker was put on the inactive list with a thigh contusion, finished with three tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble.

The Eagles run defense held Raiders running back Lamont Jordan to 19 yards on 16 carries for an average of 1.2 yards.

While Brian Westbrook was running forward for 68 yards on 13 carries, Lamar Gordon was going backward. He had one carry for -1 yard. But he did have three receptions for 19 yards.

Raiders receiver Randy Moss had touchdowns in his first two games for the Raiders, but he was kept out of the end zone against the Eagles.

Here is something you don't hear very often: "He's a tough guy. They call him a kicker, but he's not a kicker. He's a football player." Mike Bartrum on Akers.

The Eagles offense is best in the league after three weeks.

It didn't look good in the beginning when the Eagles started the game with penalties on the first four plays. Three on the kickoff and one on the first Raiders play from scrimmage.

You have to wonder why Donovan is throwing 52 times if he has something wrong with his abdomen/groin/chest, etc.

Forget that. Here's why. Said McNabb after the game: "I'll just continue to work at trying to find ways around it. This is a type of game that when you talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and the struggle of getting to our goal, which is the Super Bowl."

Back to Brian: Westbrook had his best game from the line of scrimmage with 208 yards rushing and receiving. It was his best game since Oct. 19, 2003 against the New York Giants when he had 223 total yards, including 67 rushing, 11 receiving, 84 on punt returns and 61 on kickoff returns.

Did you notice that Eagles had a two-minute offense. They don't get to use it much.


At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who to blame more for yesterdays close loss- Reid or Akers. If the Eagles went and signed a kicker this week fully knowing that Akers was one misstep away from not being able to kick, why didn't they dress him yesterday? Was it because Akers lied about how ready he was or was it Reid not wanting to short himself in another position? I can't tell you how sick to my stomach I felt when the Raiders tied the game and I knew if we had a healthy kicker, we wouldn't have had to drive for a TD. Akers was courageous and I firmly believe in Reid's ability to coach, but somehow there was miscommunication on that team when Reid turned in his playing roster. One more note: PAY WESTBROOK!!!! His 200 yard game couldn't have come at a better time (against L. Jordan). Also, when McNabb and Akers were hurting, B-West took the team on his back and won the game.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger That Dude said...

ive always supported management in their contract issues, but yesterday is a good example why they need to come closer to Bwest's demands.


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