Donovan McNabb readies to throw a pass during action as Warren
Sapp is poised to tackle the QB from behind. McNabb finished the
night throwing for only 148 total passing yards, 62 of which were
thrown in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Philadelphia Eagles' Stat Of The Week |
James Thrash's 47-yard run in the first quarter was the longest ever
by an Eagles receiver. the previous long was a 37-yarder by Charles
Smith in 1975. Troy Vincent's second-quarter interception was his 40th
of his career and his 26th as an Eagle, sixth most in Philadelphia
Nightmare Number Two Comes Alive |
As Bucs Open New Eagles' Stadium.
What more can be said. This was a monumental embarrassment! This was
also another total domination by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oh yeah,
they are also last year's Super Bowl Champions. The Bucs came to town
to spoil our opening of the Linc and they succeeded. They left town
laughing all the way back to Florida. They must also think that
repeating should be theirs for the taking. Though eight months apart,
the last game at the Vet and the first game at the Linc (alias, Lincoln
Financial Field) produced the same pathetic results with the Eagles on
losing end in both games. At least last year, the Eagles came out and
played well scoring 10 points. They just simply withered away in last
year's NFC Championship game. Anyway, the results were both the same.
As Chad Lewis stated, "We've got the loudest crowd in the NFL, a great
new stadium. To come out here and not score any points in our own place
on opening day on Monday Night Football, that's extremely disappointing."
The final score read 17-0, but it really felt like 49-0.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
What made the loss feel even worse was not what the Bucs winning the
first ever-real game in Lincoln financial field, but all the injuries
sustained by the Eagles during the game. All-Pro Brian Dawkins suffered
a serious foot injury and may miss some significant time. Bobby Taylor
left the second quarter also with a foot injury. Later on, Brandon
Whiting left during the third quarter with what is being called right
hamstring spasms. The Eagles had already lost both rookie defensive
linemen drafted out of the University of Miami (FL). Now this! Now
back to the action. Donovan McNabb looked very average again as he
looked to revenge last year's NFC Title match against the Bucs. Well,
he started the game completing only 1 of 7 passes for 1 yard. With less
than 2 minutes in the game, he still only had 90 total yards throwing
the ball. Pretty pathetic? He finished the first half with 50 yards
passing on a 9-for-20 effort. His final stays read: 16-for-36 and
148 yards, 1 INT 1 fumble lost and 3 sacks. Tampa added the whip cram
and cherry on top halfway through the fourth quarter when Brad Johnson
completed a pass to DT Warren Sapp, who rumbled for 14 yards and a big
first down. His catch was longer than any of the receivers on the Eagles.
It was also his first career reception in the NFL. His catch set up the
last touchdown which completed the Bucs scoring and a 17-0 win.
Remember last year when Joe Jurevicius caught that short pass and ran it a
long way downfield to setup the Bucs first TD in the NFC Championship? Well,
this game, he scored both of Tampa's TD's. First, a 13-yarder in the second
quarter and then he had a 7-yarder while tiptoeing along the sideline in the
fourth quarter. The Eagles had a chance to go up early with a short FG by
David Akers. Except, Andy Reid called for the fake field goal and Koy Detmer
passed the ball to rookie LJ Smith. The ball fell harmlessly to the ground
off his fingertips. After that, it was all Tampa bay. Brad Johnson led the
way, completing 27 of 36 passes for 238 yards and 2 very important touchdowns.
The only bright spot was the Eagles' rush defense. They held Michael Pittman
to 35 yards on the ground on 8 carries and Michael Alstott to 23 yards on 12
carries. But Philadelphia only gained 121 yards and if you subtract James
Thrash's 47-yard run and McNabb's 55 yards on 5 scrambles, the Eagles only
rushed for a total of 18 yards. What! Yes, 18 lousy yards by every running
back combined!! That really sucks!!! There is nothing more to say.