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Sure, it’s just the preseason, but the Eagles looked good on Thursday night.
In their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens, there was plenty of reason to continue with the optimism and excitement that has been the hallmark of lead-up to the Eagles’ 2011 season.
It doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia won 13 – 6.
Brent Celek had the game’s only touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Vick. Rookie kicker Alex Henery accounted for the rest of the Eagles’ points, netting a 35-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter and a 24-yarder in the 3rd.
Mike Vick looked sharp, going 4/6 for 74 yards. Not that it means anything, as Vick was in the game for only a hot minute, but his QB rating for Thursday’s game was 148.6. If you see that number you just have to write it because it may never happen again.
Vick’s time on the field included one of the game’s highlights, a 42-yard pass beautifully caught by 2nd year WR Riley Cooper.
Vince Young, who’s had some rocky moments in training camp thus far, showed that he is still the player the Eagles thought they signed. He showed his trademark mobility and seems to be getting more comfortable with Philadelphia’s offense. Young completed 3 of 5 passes for 45 yards.
The Eagles tried to break out more of a running game, which should be more of an option for the team due to the addition of Ronnie Brown. Brown had 9 carries for 22 yards, and Dion Lewis had 10 carries for 26 yards.
All eyes on this game were really on Juan Castillo and the Eagles defense. Skeptical as I remain about Castillo as the DC, in their first preseason outing Philadelphia’s defense made the grade. They applied constant and consistent pressure on the Ravens, keeping them from the endzone the entire game.
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