Philadelphia defeated the St. Louis Rams 31-13 in a win that was unsettling in some respects, but showed promise in others.
The most unsettling and glaring issue from the game? Say it with me now: The o-line.
Mike Vick had an impressive outing on his feet today, reminding everyone why he is worthy of the Eagles’ investment in him. We are lucky to have him as our quarterback. His mobility and agility are part of what make him so dangerous. But when he has to be on the run for his very life, that’s a problem.
And that happened far too often today.
Vick’s passing accuracy was off this game, throwing 14 of 32 for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for 97 yards.
One of the more encouraging aspects of today’s game is the fact that the team broke out and seemed to have some commitment to the running game. This is something Eagles fans have been screaming for for years. And besides, until the offensive line strengthens, this option should be a way to keep Vick healthier for longer this season. LeSean McCoy rushing for 122 yards and 1 touchdown.
In the passing game, DeSean Jackson did his darnedest to make the case for a new contract. He totaled 102 yards for and also had one touchdown.
The other big issue for Eagles fans heading into the season is the linebacker corps, as well as the giant question mark that is Juan Castillo’s leadership as defensive coordinator. While the defense allowed the very first play of the game to get in the endzone, they didn’t allow that to happen at any other time during the game.
The defense made some big plays, with Juqua Parker’s run (perhaps better described as a stroll at the end) into the endzone solidifying the Eagles’ momentum in the game.
The defensive line inflicted a ton of pain on Rams QB Sam Bradford, with Jason Babin scoring 2 sacks, and Darryl Tapp, Cullen Jenkins, and Trent Cole each netting a sack each on young Bradford.
CSNPhilly’s Reuben Frank nicely summarized the ugliness of the win:
“This was certainly an ugly win. The Eagles allowed 154 rushing yards, though just 56 after the first quarter. Vick was sacked three times and hit several other times. The Eagles committed eight penalties for 91 yards, although a couple of them – namely a pass interference on Nnamdi Asomugha down to the 1-yard-line – were ridiculous.”
Here’s hoping that the Eagles learn from their mistakes and continue to get better as the season progresses.
Next stop: Atlanta.