Safety Brian Dawkins picks up a fumble during the 2nd quarter. He
became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, recover a
fumble, intercept a ball sack and catch a touchdown pass all in one game.
He is becoming the Donovan of the defense and hopes to score
it big in the bank soon.
Philadelphia Eagles' Stat Of The Week |
The Eagles have scored 140 points in their first four games. That's the biggest
season-opening total in club history. They're on pace to put up 560 points, which
is 57 more than the Rams' league-leading of 503 last year. The Eagles already have
passed the ball 158 times and run just 105. That is a 632 pass pace. The club
record is 606 in 1984. The Eagles won their third straight game to improve to
3-1, their best start since 1996. They have also now won 5 straight home games,
their longest winning streak since they won 8 straight in 1995.
Eagles' Get Off To A Rocky Start, |
No Problem With Houston Texans
After two big wins against two divisional rivals, the Eagles were bound for a letdown.
You can thank the good Lord that this week's opponent was the expansion Houston
Texans. Texan's quarterback David Carr was chased all game long, but still threw 2 TD
passes, both against all-pro Troy Vincent. Troy was later quoted as saying,
"Sometimes you get the bear. Sometimes the bear gets you. Then sometimes the bear gets
you and you still win by 18 points." That's how the game went all afternoon. Even
if Vincent was victumized twice, it was really David Carr who was victum of circumstances.
The Eagles' defense held Houston's passing game to 189 total net yards all game
and they sacked Carr seven times. But it was Brian Dawkins' game to shine. Only
days after Donovan McNabb signed the contract of a lifetime, it was Dawkins who
had a very special game. He became the first player in NFL history to record a
sack, recover a fumble, intercept a pass and catch a pass for a touchdown all
in the same game. For his efforts, he was named NFC defensive player of the week.
By the way, Donovan McNabb was named NFC player of the month for September.
In this first ever meeting between the Eagles and Texans, it was 2 special teams
plays that figured heavily into victory for the Eagles. First off, with the Birds
winning 20-7 and 11:33 left in the 3rd quarter, the Eagles were set to punt from
their own territory. The snap went directly to Brian Mitchell who called for the
audible with Brian Dawkins the primary receiver. On the play, Mitchell took the
ball and rushed to his left. Just as the defense converged on him, he flipped a
short little pass to Dawkins who ran away from the field for a 57-yard touchdown.
Later on in the fourth quarter and the Eagles clinging to a 28-17, the Eagles
were once again forced to punt. Sean Landetta booted the ball inside the 5-yard
line where it appeared headed towards the endzone. Instead, it was rookie corner
Sheldon Brown who grabbed the ball and flipped it back just as he was to cross
the goal line. Ike Reese caught the ball, but his momentum was carrying him into
the endzone also. But at the last possible second, he flipped it back to Julian
Jones who was standing on the one yard line and he downed it right there. The
Eagles defense stiffened and forced Houston into 3 plays and a punt. The Birds
had a short field and quickly drove down the 57 yards for the game clinching
TD and a 35-17 Eagles win.
But in the end, it was Donovan McNabb's play which led to a nice 38 yard pass to
James Thrash with only 4:52 remaining in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. The
Texans rush forced McNabb from the pocket. He ran to his right and found Thrash
downfield for about 12 yards. But on the play, Thrash reversed fields as a wall
of Eagle blockers led him on an end around to the left and straight into the endzone
for the game's final points. The Eagles defense once again forced 3 turnovers on
the day and now lead the entire NFl with 14 total. On offense, it was Duce Staley
who led the Eagles attack with 62 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He became
the first Eagle rusher to have 2 rushing TD's since October 4, 1988. In that
game, Charlie Garner had 2 TD's in the 4th quarter of a 41-16 loss to the Broncos
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES