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Eagles live up to hype in opener

Jason Babin AP

On paper, the Rams’ pass rush should have posed problems for Michael Vick and the Eagles.  In reality, Philadelphia cruised to a 31-13 win.

Here’s what we learned:

1. Michael Vick’s rushing ability makes up for so much. He rushed for 98 yards, often turning a potentially big sack into a first down.  It wasn’t always a sharp passing day for Vick (14-for-32, 187 yards and 2 scores), but it ultimately didn’t matter.

Again and again, Vick escaped pressure and he made a handful of deadly throws. (DeSean Jackson dropped a potential 80+ yard score.) Vick didn’t see the blitz coming a few times, which could be an issue in the future.

2. This game could hurt the Rams for a while because of all the injuries.  They don’t have a true replacement for Danny Amendola.  Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson are even more important, but their injuries don’t appear as serious.

3. The young kids aren’t quite ready in Josh McDaniels’ offense.  Sam Bradford misfired often.  Rookie tight end Lance Kendricks dropped a couple key passes.  Mike Sims-Walker only had one catch. When Amendola went down, rookie Greg Salas replaced him and killed a key drive with a drop.  The Rams still had a chance to win at that point.

4. The Eagles’ trouble spots (linebacker, offensive line) showed up at times.  But their calling cards — Vick and the secondary — dominated so much it didn’t matter.  Other than a long Nnamdi Asomugha penalty, the Eagles cornerbacks played great.  There wasn’t much separation.

5. I’m expecting a monster year from LeSean McCoy. He finished with 137 yards from scrimmage and two scores.  DeSean Jackson had 102 yards and a score on six catches.  They are racing each other for contract extensions.

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  1. mataug says: Sep 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    Just too many drops. But being in the NFC West, the drops won’t be as costly…

  2. turk2875 says: Sep 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    Let the hating begin………..
    Honestly though, the o-line didn’t look bad through out the game. The only time they seemed to really struggle is when the Rams sent CBs and Safeties on the blitz. They’ll get that fixed. The linebackers still worry me, Cadillac Williams had a good game, and the first play speaks for itself. All in all a good all around game, but they still have some work to do.

  3. jh500 says: Sep 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    btw, DeSean dropped two passes that would have been a TD. Too many penalties. Little to no protection. But still, Vick>Peyton Manning.

  4. johnnyb216 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:01 PM

    Against the rams.

  5. brewcrewchamps says: Sep 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    Did anyone count how many passes the rams dropped? I lost track after 6 or 7 or 14 or so…..

    Eagles didn’t make me think “Wow these guys are good” once either. Vick is a well below average ball-thrower.

  6. trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    My favorite team –

    Whoever is playing the Eagles.

  7. runtheball says: Sep 11, 2011 5:05 PM

    14-32 will not beat GB, NE, Balt, SD, NYJ, or Pitts. They will not win come playoff time.

  8. iknowitallandmore says: Sep 11, 2011 5:05 PM

    Well at least ONE Pennsylvania team looks like a winner.

    The steelers got clowned all over the field and the Ravens made each Steeler their
    personal b!tc*hes.

    Eagles look like legit contenders

  9. j972 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:05 PM

    Actually, the Eagles are nothing but pretenders.

  10. heywoodjablome says: Sep 11, 2011 5:07 PM

    After a rough start, the Birds put it together and never looked back.

  11. dmq13 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:07 PM

    Now lets get Atlanta so we can get some people like Skip Bayless to shut up!

  12. sundayisthebestday says: Sep 11, 2011 5:09 PM

    The Eagles beat a very injured Rams team that they should have beaten anyway. Don’t believe the hype.

  13. ny82jy says: Sep 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    Im still not sold. I watched the game and steven jackson was running it all over them until he got hurt. But the main reason is that they beat the Rams who are nothing great. They have a ton of potential but i need to see them play a better opponent. Next week against Atlanta should be good. They will be home and looking to redeem themselves from the terrible game they had.

  14. Little Earthquake says: Sep 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    Packers would have won that game 49-0.

  15. jimmytwotimes says: Sep 11, 2011 5:15 PM

    This web site should be called EFT Eagles Football Talk, are you kidding me EAGLES live up to the hype ! Steven Jackson would have had 300 yards if he was in the game ! They were handed a touchdown when Bradford put the ball on a kicking tee to be returned for 7 ! This site has a heavy Philly connection somewhere !

  16. coys10 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:18 PM

    I guess you did not watch the game Rosenthal. LeSean McCoy was 11 for 27 with 8 minutes to go. If you look at McCoy so many of his yards are late in the game.

    They played the Rams and the game was 24-13 with the Rams driving in the fourth.

    Watch the game before writing a dumb article like this.

    A good team beats the Eagles today.

  17. geniusfan says: Sep 11, 2011 5:18 PM

    The Eagles were very good in this game if Desean doesn’t drop two TD’s it could have been a lot worse for the Rams.

    The O-line was fine the only issues were bad blitz pickups by Jason Avant and why there wasn’t a RB in the backfield to help on blitzes I’ll never know.

    The LB’s were the real trouble spot in this game bad reads over-pursuing etc. They improved as the game went on but it has to be better.

    I don’t know what people want from the Eagles good teams like the Steelers and Falcons got dominated and the Eagles were impressive. I’ll give up some rushing yards for six sacks any time.

    Honestly Sam Bradford didn’t even try throwing outside the numbers the Eagles corners shut down the Rams.

  18. greymares says: Sep 11, 2011 5:19 PM

    The truth is the Eagles didn’t play very well and won an N.F.L. game by 18pts that must be a pretty good football team. Haters beware your in for a long season.

  19. umbra7 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:19 PM

    I love how people are making excuse. Rally Sundayisthebestday? That’s moronic. The Rams got beat. They lost. DeSean dropped two passes that would have been TD’s. The team isn’t perfect, but no one I have seen this year is perfect either. The Eagles will be just fine. And they have a explosive running attack to boot.

    Matthews is a problem spot. The Eagles Pass Rush is crazy, and that is WITHOUT blitzing. They will be fine. Anyone saying otherwise is a pure hater.

  20. jucam1 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:19 PM

    I love the hate, all of you picked the Rams right, now it’s injuries, and the Rams stink, and “they didnt look that good”. You’re all scared… Birds played a C+ game and killed the team u haters said would beat them… No one in thos division is even clise, and come playoff time they’ll match up well with GB… So suck it with ur hate

  21. lunarpie says: Sep 11, 2011 5:21 PM

    WOW! I guess they are going to the SB now, right?!?! They beat the Rams, one of the worst in the league teams last year. Vick was running all over the place and if he keeps it up, will be injured AGAIN. Kafka will be the starter…lol

  22. fatfreddystubbs says: Sep 11, 2011 5:21 PM

    Your analysis missed the most glaring weakness, one that Eagles fans are way too familiar with: Delay of game penalties, and burned time-outs (one on first down on the first play of a drive to avoid a delay penalty).

    One big debate in Philly for over ten years was whether it was Andy or Donovan (or whoever that was playing QB) that was more responsible for bad clock management, delay penalties, burned time-outs.

    It obviously didn’t come back to bite them against a Rams team that couldn’t catch the ball, but it will against good teams.

    But to give the Eagles credit, LeSean McCoy might not be able to make it to appearances on time (or at all), but that kid is really frickin good. It’s not even yards after contact with him, it’s changing direction on plays that look blown up and getting something out of nothing.

  23. discosucs2005 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:24 PM

    “It wasn’t always a sharp passing day for Vick”

    I didn’t know sharp passing days existed for Vick.

  24. norcaleagles says: Sep 11, 2011 5:29 PM

    BREWCREWCHAMPS, Hate all you want, but Lesean McCoy and Michael Vick will have you saying “boy those guys are good” all year long. Below average ball-thrower?? Vick was on point with most of his passes today, including a couple of great throws to Desean that were dropped. Im sure I cant convince a hater to stop hating, but honestly, check the numbers and the ratings for Eagles games. They are a good team and people do want to watch them play. Vicks stats would have looked way better if Desean could have held on. Maybe Desean should take some lessons on how to be a better ball catcher by watching some game film of your chin!! LOL. I know that was childish, but its still funny!

  25. herlies says: Sep 11, 2011 5:31 PM

    They did?

  26. jucam1 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:34 PM

    No one said SB you hater, im just tired of this dumb envy and hate… The Eagles arent apologizing for winning Free Agency, which means nothing any way. Two days ago everyone said they would choke and were overated and the Rams would win…. All of a sudden the Rams suck and we should have won by 50… It’s a long season… The Birds will be good, might be great or might not be… Until then shut your hating off!

  27. typicaleaglesfan says: Sep 11, 2011 5:34 PM

    The penalties and timeouts come from a rookie center not being able to play in a dome. The lb’s scare me. The secondary was good. The officiating was awful. The line will gel and get better. Next week will be tough unless the falcons play like they did against the bears.

  28. youngdavid74 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:36 PM

    Lived up to the hype. You’ve got to be kidding. Lots of mistakes by the Rams. Far from dominating.

  29. trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 5:37 PM

    Did I just read someone write that Vick is better than Peyton? Did I?

  30. theblowedone says: Sep 11, 2011 5:39 PM

    LOL at ALL you HATERS who said Eagles would LOSE ! Now all of the sudden, the Rams suck, theyre injured, worst team ever, bla bla ETC. You all look like little kids trying to get out of a “caught” situation. Looks like the Eagles wont be a disaster like you had all hoped, and now your sore about it! Too funny watching you haters make excuses for why they WON! LMAO! Go Eagles! How bout them Stillers??? haha

  31. jimmytwotimes says: Sep 11, 2011 5:41 PM

    The Eagles are the only NfL team afforded 5 preseason games !

  32. profootballwalk says: Sep 11, 2011 5:50 PM

    One of the -Seans should have to change his name. I recommend Wally.

  33. vikescry1 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:52 PM

    jh500 says:
    Sep 11, 2011 4:59 PM
    btw, DeSean dropped two passes that would have been a TD. Too many penalties. Little to no protection. But still, Vick>Peyton Manning.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————– are you really saying vick is better than peyton? ok, this year cuz peyton isn’t playin… obviously someone who doesn’t know football.

  34. offkiltereagle says: Sep 11, 2011 5:55 PM

    trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    My favorite team –

    Whoever is playing the Eagles.

    ——————————————————————————————–

    Then you’re going to be disapointed at least half the weeks of the season, because there is no way this team goes any worse than 8-8. I do have concerns about the Eagles run D. However, I feel once this team gels any team that comes in their path has an L coming.

  35. nooneyouknow says: Sep 11, 2011 5:55 PM

    Uh Oh…. Eagles are going to the Super Bowl now…smh

  36. herlies says: Sep 11, 2011 5:56 PM

    Boy these Eagle fans sure are sensitive.

  37. cleverbob says: Sep 11, 2011 6:00 PM

    Good tune up game for the Birds. Good thing they were given a fifth preseason game to get everything sync’ed up.

  38. justanotherdummy says: Sep 11, 2011 6:05 PM

    Plus the Phils beat the Brewers 3 out of 4, and did it playing the junior varsity guys. The eagles may or may not pan out, but the Phils are going back to WS, and that is all that really matters anyway.

  39. cursivel says: Sep 11, 2011 6:10 PM

    I agree with @runtheball when he says going 14 of 32 won’t win games in the playoffs. Thats true. However when you amass 200 rushing yards, then it won’t be that much of a big deal. Besides this is the Eagles, a passing team. Mike Vick will hasve better passing days I’m sure of it. @Coys10, a good team wouldn’t have beaten the Eagles today cause all of the “good teams” or teams being talked about like ATL and PIT got trounced, and SD is struggling with the Vikings at home. Three teams all the “experts” are talking about as SB favorites. The linebackers need to grow faster, and the O-line improved as the game went on. They can get pressure with their D line and not blitz and that always bodes well. So it was a good victory, they need to take notes of what the Bears did today to control the Falcons O and they should be in line for 2-0.

  40. fatfreddystubbs says: Sep 11, 2011 6:15 PM

    “The penalties and timeouts come from a rookie center not being able to play in a dome.”
    ————————————————-

    So when they were out of timeouts in the 4th quarter against the Packers in the playoffs, they were playing in a dome? funny, I thought it was at the Linc!

    I don’t see how you can see terrible clock management and burned timeouts throughout the entire Andy Reid era and blame it all on a rookie center in a dome. The rookie center part didn’t help, but it sure as hell didn’t start today.

  41. packerbacker12 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:16 PM

    “The O-line was fine the only issues were bad blitz pickups by Jason Avant and why there wasn’t a RB in the backfield to help on blitzes I’ll never know.”

    Don’t go on blaming the other players now. Based on the PFT article, it was the great and almighty Michael Vick’s job to pick up the blitzes.

  42. nocryinginbaseball07 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:16 PM

    lunarpie says:
    Sep 11, 2011 5:21 PM
    WOW! I guess they are going to the SB now, right?!?! They beat the Rams, one of the worst in the league teams last year. Vick was running all over the place and if he keeps it up, will be injured AGAIN. Kafka will be the starter…lol
    ____________________________________________

    Nobody said we were going to the SB! That’s just your fear showing.
    First game of the season; Eagles played better than the other team, and that’s it! Go enjoy your own team’s game! …….oh……unless they lost. Sorry.

  43. geniusfan says: Sep 11, 2011 6:17 PM

    The Eagles are going to allow some rushing yards this year that’s a given with the wide nine. However the trade off is a five sack performace against a talented Rams offensive line with great bookend tackles in Saffold and Smith.

    In todays NFL you can give up rushing yards and win handily. Remember the Colts in 2006? They had an all time bad run defense and still won the Super Bowl.

    No team is perfect the Eagles aren’t going to dominate every facet of a game but after a sloppy first half they really put it together and played well.

  44. seabreezes51 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:25 PM

    Will Merrill Hoge ever pick the Eagles to win this season?

  45. thefiesty1 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:27 PM

    How did that happen with VY deactivated? I thought he was ON the Dream Team. Ha!

  46. sdw2001 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:29 PM

    I see the haters are in full swing. That said, I don’t know that I would have written the headline this way.

    The Eagles played well overall for the first week. The OL started VERY shaky, as did the linebackers. The penalties were not encouraging….exactly how they were last year.
    However, they settled down. Once the Rams and their crowd’s adrenaline levels calmed down, the better team took over. Pretty much what I thought would happen. And LOTS to work on for next week.

  47. umbra7 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:34 PM

    geniusfan, I wish there were more posters such as yourself, that talks actual X’s and O’s…and not B.S.

  48. umbra7 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:36 PM

    packerbacker12 , Avant missed a Blitz pick up dude. He missed it. That not blaming…it’s WHAT happened.

  49. kevpft says: Sep 11, 2011 6:49 PM

    Simple fact, the Eagles played a ho-hum game and got very lucky with all the Rams injuries and mistakes. Don’t even think about playing off a win over a team that loses so many key starters as anything but good luck. The Eagles whiners here would be defending their team with the exact same excuses if the shoe was on the other foot.

    The Pats went 14-2 last year, and Falcons 13-3, and both whiffed in the playoffs when their weaknesses were exposed. Anyone who thinks Green Bay and New Orleans, at the very least, aren’t ready to do that to the Eagles is high as a kite.

    Eagles fans, your team is a good team. But with the Pats and Falcons in mind, and an empty SB trophy case, you are a long, long way from having anything at all to crow about. Be honest, take a fluky win, and look ahead realistically.

  50. groundpounder95 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:55 PM

    Everything looked good today for the birds…only problem was when i kept seeing the new center tripping over his moobs during shotgun formation.

  51. umbra7 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:03 PM

    kevpft, you don’t get lucky. That’s stupid nerd Fanasty football talk there. They won…period.

    That’s a lame excuse dude. Stop making them. I don’t see any reasonable Eagles fans saying SB because of this win. It’s one game…but they WON that game. And it’s just as stupid to talk about them not doing something.

    Writting it off as Lucky is moronic and just as dumb as someone saying SB [which no one is really saying].

  52. geniusfan says: Sep 11, 2011 7:07 PM

    “Don’t go on blaming the other players now. Based on the PFT article, it was the great and almighty Michael Vick’s job to pick up the blitzes.”

    True haha. I mean if a blitzer is coming untouched from a QB’s blindside how is he suppose to “pick it up” ? I don’t care if it’s Tom Brady back there there is no way to recognize something like that. That was a poor formation and a horrible mistake by Jason Avant.

  53. abninf says: Sep 11, 2011 7:13 PM

    Hell the Redskins look better than the Eagles.

  54. kevpft says: Sep 11, 2011 7:15 PM

    So, umbra7, I guess all those Rams injuries and mistakes were due to the skill of the Eagles? Give it a rest, dummy.

    Did I say somewhere that the Eagles didn’t win the game? You’re so busy being defensive that you’re imagining things. The Eagles won the game, and I’m putting it into perspective. It’s a joke to see all these Eagles fans crowing when the other team’s main offensive weapon, starting corner, and other key players went down in fluky injuries. The Eagles won a game which dumb luck made imperative to win, and they did nothing but fulfill the most basic requirements of their luck, which included a lot of mediocre aspects of their play.

    But if you can’t even swallow a “have some perspective” message, you show yourself to be the prototypical hyper-sensitive Eagles homer.

    “You don’t get lucky”…

  55. johnnyb216 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    Like I said earlier. It was against the rams. Certainly a team that this years self proclaimed “dream team” should have easily beat even if the rams were at full strength which theyre not. It’s pretty funny to see eagles fans believe that this is all the confirmation they need. Pretty sure the quarterback of a dream team would need to complete more than 42% of his passes against a marginal defense. Call me when they beat a real contender. Too bad they don’t play the packers. If Vick can’t play any better than that, they would get their a#$es whooped even worst than they did last year

  56. dkeyser says: Sep 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    I dont really care about the Eagles, dont love them, dont hate them, but that being said, i dont think they match up with high powered offensive teams like the Packers and Saints.. Teams that can run the ball, have good pass catching TE’s and RB’s. Guys that can work the middle of the field and take advantage of the LB’s… And the o-line has to be of slight concern. If they dont watch it Vick wont get up from one of those blitz hits. I’m amazed he got up from the sack/fumble play..Once he gets pounded a few times he starts to get happy feet and then he makes mistakes..Eagles fans better hope they get this fixed or Vick will be one hurting fellow come midseason

  57. jh500 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:43 PM

    vikescry1 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:52 PM

    are you really saying vick is better than peyton? ok, this year cuz peyton isn’t playin… obviously someone who doesn’t know football.
    —————————————————–

    You can deny it all you want, but Vick is better than Petyon Manning. Manning would have broken his record of 6 interceptions in one game, and he would have been sacked 10 times. Look at the moves Vick had to do to prevent getting sacked. Vick>Manning. Eagles are winning the SB.

  58. The Shoeman says: Sep 11, 2011 7:50 PM

    Those Eagles sure are … GOOD!

    and wait . . . since the haters say they stink . . .

    they will just get better . . . and B E T T E R !

    EAGLES > all haters . . . LOL

  59. nocryinginbaseball07 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:50 PM

    Of course we need confirmation! Our team’s practically all new. We need confirmation, just like any other team’s fans…..ONE GAME AT A TIME. It’s not the Birds’ fans frothing at the mouth on this thread. Just go away and let us be cautiously optimistic about winning our first game, for crying out loud!

  60. deenice810 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:53 PM

    The Rams were over matched in this one. As for the Eagles they’re a work in progress. O-line is still shaky, LB’s still too small and Andy Reid still hasn’t figured out that you really don’t have to use all of your timeouts in the first 20 minutes of the game.
    Still a good win.

  61. umbra7 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:54 PM

    No idiot [kevpft] it’s called making a mistake and not Executing. Luck has nothing to do with it. That’s some stupid nerd talk, I have never played Football crap.

    What you are doing is making a lame excuse. It’s one game…there is no reason to put anything into perspective after ONE GAME. They won…and not they are moving on to the next game against the Falcons. Why would anyone need perspecitive after one game? I mean it seems like you are worried or bothered that they won. So you make excuses that are dumb and when you get called on it…you say oh you are senitive? LOL

    It’s the game of football. No team is exempt from the things you list. YOUR Perspective [which is stupid] or luck has nothing to do with it. It one game. The Eagles are not perfect and are flawed just as every other team in the NFL.

    The real dummies talk about lucking into winning a game. Losers makes excuses and blame things on luck also.

  62. alchopwn says: Sep 11, 2011 7:56 PM

    It’s a little too early to crown anybody but you can’t deny that the Eagles were the better team today. Sure they weren’t perfect, but they sure were effective.

  63. tigrrrr says: Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    Nice completion percentage Vick! Just a matter of time before you get run out of OUR NFL.

  64. jh500 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:43 PM

    tigrrrr says: Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    Nice completion percentage Vick! Just a matter of time before you get run out of OUR NFL.
    ———————————————–

    Why do you post on EVERY Vick article? Why are you obsessed with a stranger? Being a stalker isn’t a good thing. Hopefully you get a life.

  65. cleverbob says: Sep 11, 2011 8:52 PM

    tigrrrr says:
    Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    Nice completion percentage Vick! Just a matter of time before you get run out of OUR NFL.
    ————————————————

    Keep holding your breath. Which team do you own again?

  66. drew05 says: Sep 11, 2011 9:16 PM

    My Iggles didn’t play too well…

    but, w/o defensive penalties on 3rd down, they win this game by 30+…

    It was very obvious the team in green was the better team…one game at a time, Falcons are next!

    E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!

  67. dd393 says: Sep 11, 2011 9:17 PM

    Ok, so the Dream Team beat up the little kids on the playground. Pretty soon they’ll be up against the big kids. Let’s see what happens then before we anoint them.

  68. dawkattack says: Sep 11, 2011 9:55 PM

    @umbra Tell Those Bums. For One None Of You All Could Hold The Jockstrap Of A Practice Squad Player. Get A Life And Kill The Jealousy

  69. everybodyhitswoohoo says: Sep 11, 2011 9:57 PM

    Watching the people who are really mad about this article is funny. The people painting Rosenthal and this site as a bunch of Eagles slurpers is equally hilarious, because 90% of the articles written about them since FA ended was about how they’re struggling at whatever position, and because Rosenthal definitely picked the Rams to win this game.

    But I’m sorry that you’re going to have to revise the Eagles obituaries that you all wrote back in the second preseason game, and that you added onto after that first run today by Jackson.

    The Eagles played far from their best possible game and still blew the Rams out of the water. This team is only going to get better.

  70. edukator4 says: Sep 11, 2011 10:01 PM

    when you say vick is better than manning you lose respect from any intelligent person who knows football. you may have quality points but they become ignored based on that statement.

    to the guy who said he watched the game and said that jackson was running all over the eagles until he got hurt is a liar. you didnt watch the game or youd know jackson carried the ball once. sure it was a big run for a td but thats not running all over a team.

    the eagles are good people, we all knew they would be so why argue?

  71. tigrrrr says: Sep 11, 2011 10:55 PM

    Mind your own business jh5, i can say what i want. Especially when its true!
    Get a life yourself… If you know how.

  72. rodericksilva says: Sep 12, 2011 12:08 AM

    The Eagles played the team that was on their schedule and beat them 31-13.

    The haters are coming up with reasons why they should get credit for it.

    I hope they look this bad every week.
    continues.

  73. rodericksilva says: Sep 12, 2011 12:13 AM

    The Packers are the Champions and should be favorite to win it all.

    Truth is I think the Pack caught a lot of breaks last year that would have changed everything (including 2 missed FG by a Pro Bowl kicker).

    I’m sick and tired of hearing how great they are.

    We did our job this week; which was to beat an up and coming Rams team in a tough dome environment.

  74. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Sep 12, 2011 1:19 AM

    Until that defensive TD, I thought the rams moved the ball really well against eagles d. 2nd half was all eagles. It was the first game, birds shook the rust off and by the third qrtr looked like they now have some momentum. the icing on the cake was watching eli’s face as he was getting sacked and romo choking as usual. Overall today was a great day of football haha

  75. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 12, 2011 7:51 AM

    Hey, it wasn’t a great game, the Eagles didn’t look like SB champs and they had a lot of bad plays. On the other hand, they won, which is something that 16 teams won’t be able to say tomorrow, and their weak areas weren’t as horrible as some predicted. Next week will be tougher, so we’ll see what happens.

  76. macjacmccoy says: Sep 12, 2011 12:57 PM

    Potential sack… I dont know what game people were watching… The Eagles Offensive Line played good. They had miscues and let guys go free a few times but other then that they played much better then everyone predicting. A lot of the pressure on Vick was created by him. He would have a solid pocket but wouldnt step up into it or he would go outside of the blocks.

    He was hit 12 times all together, but I say at least half of those were created by Vick scrambling into trouble.

  77. macjacmccoy says: Sep 12, 2011 1:29 PM

    ny82jy says:
    Sep 11, 2011 5:13 PM
    Im still not sold. I watched the game and steven jackson was running it all over them until he got hurt. But the main reason is that they beat the Rams who are nothing great. They have a ton of potential but i need to see them play a better opponent. Next week against Atlanta should be good. They will be home and looking to redeem themselves from the terrible game they had.

    Most of your comment was respectable and actually seemed to have a little insight but then you showed the troll that you are.

    Running all over them? He played 1 play. If you actually watched the game instead of just acting like you did, while really only looking at a stat line or watching a highlight, you would know that. That’s such a fake troller thing to do. To just see some numbers and then to go comment on it like you know what happened.

  78. nekelund says: Sep 13, 2011 11:36 PM

    Eagles fans need to check themselves before they start planning the Super Bowl parade route. They were struggling mightily against the run, even after Steven Jackson left the game (then returned, then left again). The Eagles didn’t open the game up until the second half, Vick couldn’t pick up the blitz and was barely mediocre throwing the ball. If he has to face a team whose pass rush and linebacking corps can limit his ability to run (like the Packers or the Bears), Vick could end up getting hammered like he was against the Redskins last year.

    That said, the cornerbacks and LeSean McCoy played well. I am interested to see how the Eagles fare against a higher-caliber, or at least less injury-plagued, opponent. It should be an interesting season for Philly.

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