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.