Oh those tricky special teams plays. Andy Reid did it again with
an opening game onside kickoff just like last year's opening in
Dallas. Once again, it was Dameane Douglas who recovered the ball.
And then for only the second time this year, the Philadelphia
Eagles would score points on their opening possession of the game.
During the second game against the Cardinals, it was Brian Mitchell
who ran back the opening kickoff for a 94 yard touchdown. This time,
the results were not the same, but just as important. With a little
luck and a missed call by the officials, Donovan McNabb led the charge
down the field to help set up a David Akers' 24-yard field goal and
early 3-0 lead.
Donovan McNabb was sharp and deadly after last Sunday's disaster
at the Vet. McNabb completed 18 of 26 passes for 269 yards, 2
touchdowns and 1 interception which was of no fault to McNabb.
His 69% completion rate was his highest this season while he also
scrambled 7 times for 43 yards. McNabb also threw deep, completing
4 passes of more than 25 yards, one more than he managed in the
last 6 games. His longest pass was only a short 10 yard pass out
on the flats to Duce, who took the rest of the way for a 46 yard
touchdown in the second quarter. That gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead.
McNabb also engineered a 9 play 58 yard drive late in the first half
to set up the second of 3 FG's for David Akers. This time he connected
from 33 yards out. He also kicked a 38 yard FG in the fourth quarter to
end the day's scoring which also gave the Eagles a 23-10 lead.
Donovan McNabb's most impressive drive came on their second possession
in the second half. He led them down the field on an 11 play 71 yard
touchdown capped by a 1 yard touchdown pass to Tony Stewart. It was his
first career touchdown catch in the NFL. Some of the key plays on this
drive included a 21 yard pass to Todd Pinkston to open the drive, a 13 yard
pass to Freddie Mitchell, a 15 yard scramble by Donovan himself and lastly
a 23-yard pass interference call on ray Crockett against James Thrash. The
Eagles were in control from start to finish and allowed the Chiefs a total
of 208 yards throughout the game with many of those coming late in the
4th quarter. The Eagles held pro-bowl tight end Tony Gonzales to only
4 receptions for 28 yards and no touchdowns. Though the Eagles only had
2 sacks, they forced quarterback Trent Green to throw the ball away
many times to avoid more sacks. Of the two sacks, Corey Simon had 1 1/2
sacks to up his season total to 6. To top it off, the Eagles defense has
only allowed 4 rushing touchdowns all year long. The Eagles beat a bad
Chiefs team who commited to many errors for a bad team to remain
competetive in this game. But give the Birds credit, they did not allow
Kansas City any margin for error as the Philadelphia played a sound game, both
offensively and defensively to improve to 7-4 on the season and 5-0 on
the road. They will also remain in first place till at least next week.