NFL Week #5
Monday October 10, 2010
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy celebrates his 2nd quarter
TD run with a funky dance. The 29-yard TD run extended the Eagles
lead to 17-7 over the 49ers. McCoy had another productive game,
rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries (5.1 avg.) and 46 receiving
yards on 6 catches with the one touchdown run.
The Philadelphia Phillies players celebrate their three-game sweep
of the Cincinnati after Cole Hamels throws a 5-hit complete game
3-0 shutout. They advance to the NLCS for a third straight season.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Kevin Kolb Got Back In The Saddle To |
Help Birds In Win Over San Francisco.
Don’t know if the headline is totally accurate – maybe it should be “Fool’s Gold”. On a night in
the Delaware Valley, where Philly fans had the TV remote in their hands as there was 2 games to
watch at the same time. It was probably a tough choice for most. For me, it was easy – Phils all
the way. I am a baseball fan at heart, ever since the early 1970’s. Growing up watching the likes
of Schmitty, the Bull, Lefty and Bowa – many others not named – it was a great era in team history.
They won 6 divisions, 2 pennants and a World Series Championship in 1980. But that ride ended in
around 1984-85 as those players all started to retire and then there was a bunch of seasons of
cellar dwelling or at least finishing near the bottom. In fact in 1980 – ALL FOUR TEAMS IN PHILLY
PLAYED IN THE FINALS OF THEIR SPORT!! As was noted before, you had the Phillies in the World Series,
Eagles played in the Super Bowl, the Flyers were in Stanley Cup Finals and the Sixers were in the
NBA Finals. Only the Phillies won. Anyway on a night when at least 50% of the people in Philadelphia
were watching the Fightin’s advance to the NLCS on the superb effort of Cole Hamels complete game
shutout, the Eagles were on the West Coast slugging it out with the Forty-Niners. The Phils started
at 8:07pm on TBS and the Birds started at 8:30pm on NBC.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The football game was one for the offenses as both teams racked up over 350 total yards as the Eagles
held on at the end with a 27-24 win. With Michael Vick out with a rib injury, Kevin Kolb made his first
road start of his career and ended the game with an impressive 103.3 QB rating. His final stats read;
21-for-31 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. The main offensive weapon for the Eagles is the
emergence of the young running back in LeSean McCoy. Shady as he known to his teammates, ran 18 times
for 92 yards and 1 TD run, while catching 5 passes for 46 yards, Very impressive! His counterpart in
Frank Gore managed just 52 rushing yards on 18 carries. The Niners QB Alex Smith put up some gaudy
numbers however, throwing for 309 yards (25-39), while throwing 3 TD’s, but was also intercepted
twice too. But perhaps the game was decided one very crucial play at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Eagles were up 17-10, the Eagles kicker David Akers missed on a long FG attempt of 53 yards
giving the 49ers pretty good field position. It was rookie first-round pick in Brandon Graham, who
chased down QB Alex Smith from behind and as he was sacking him, Graham twisted Smith’s body forcing
a fumble. The loose ball was picked up by an alert Quintin Mikell and he ran it for 51 yards for his
first TD return of his 8-year career. It was the kind of play that happens to bad teams – with the
loss to Philadelphia, San Francisco fell to 0-5.
In the second half however, the Eagles defense would almost giveaway the game in the end as Smith
led two TD drives that cut the lead to 27-24. If not for that last scoring drive by Kolb that ended
with another Akers’ FG, we would have been talking about overtime or perhaps worse, a loss. The game
saving INT by Trevard Lindley saved the game for Philadelphia with just 28 seconds left in the game.
OK, the Eagles are now 3-2 and tied for first place as both the Giants and Redskins won too – so all
3 teams are atop the NFC East, while Dallas continues to struggle at 1-4 after losing at home to
Tennessee, 34-27. The offense looks fine as Kolb is still a pretty good quarterback – but can he do
this every week or just against teams with a bad defense. Don’t forget last year, both starts for
Kolb were against very sub-par defenses, the Saints and Chiefs. Last week, Kolb looked bad against
a tough Redskins defense. What will happen, when he is up against the Giants or worse, the Dallas
Cowboys? Looking forward, the biggest problem for the Eagles is not the QB position, but the Eagles
young defense under control with the young defensive coordinator in Sean McDermott.
On the Niners first drive of the game – Alex Smith took his team right down the field on an 11-play,
51-yard TD drive. Kolb answered right back with a TD drive of his own which tied the game at 7-7.
Then the Eagles defense settled down for a while, forcing 3 turnovers and a missed 40-yard FG with
time expiring in the first half. The Eagles held a 17-10 lead at the half. After a rather quiet
third quarter, the Eagles defense struck big-time as the fore mentioned faithful play. After that,
it became the Michael Crabtree and Alex Smith show. And even though the Eagles run defense looked much,
much better, the Eagles pass defense is going backwards as they allowed over 300 yards and two late-game touchdowns. This defense may ultimately cause the downfall of the team as we move forward. Stewart
Bradley, still doesn’t look like himself and Ellis Hobbs, you might as well cut him now. Nate Allen
is still a rookie and new starting free safety – and well how can I explain this? But no one will
ever be able to Brian Dawkins – but going with a rookie may not be the best idea, but it is whom we
got and we will have to make the best of the situation. We’ll be lucky to win 9 or 10 games, but if
we get Michael Vick healthy again, maybe we will win seven more games and overcome some of the
defensive deficiencies that we now have.
|| San Francisco
Photos From The EAGLES Regular Season Game #5
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree scores a touchdown on a 7-yard
reception from QB Alex Smith as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson
looks on during the first quarter.
Eagles tight end Brent Celek celebrates after catching an 8-yard pass from QB Kevin
Kolb for a TD tying the score at 7-7 with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson, center, celebrates after a pass
interception as safeties Nate Allen, left, and safety Quintin Mikell, right, look
on during the second quarter.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball on a 29-yard touchdown
run as 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer, right, chases McCoy during the
49ers QB Alex Smith, top, goes flying over Eagles DE Brandon Graham after fumbling the ball
during the 4th quarter. The fumble led to 52-yd return for a TD by safety Quintin Mikell.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis celebrates after his 7-yard TD reception
from QB Alex Smith during the fourth quarter.
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a
one-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith late in the fourth quarter.