NFL Week #2
Monday September 21, 2009
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes in the second half.
Brees had a big game Sunday as he completed 25 of 34 passes for 311
passing yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 INT. His QB rating was an
impressive 118.6. His counterpart in Kevin Kolb also had big numbers
even with 3 INT's he threw, 2 late in the 4th quarter. Kolb threw for
391 passing yards (31-51) and 2 TD's.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Eagles Kevin Kolb's 391 passing yards are the second most in NFL history by
a QB making his first NFL start, and the most in 61 years. The only QB to throw
more yards in his first start was Jim Hardy of the Rams, who passed for 406 yards
in a 27-22 loss to the Chicago Cards at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 31, 1948.
Akeem Jordan's INT made him the first Eagles' linebacker with interceptions in
consecutive games in 14 years, since William Thomas had two against the Giants
on Oct. 15, 1995 and one against the Rams on Oct. 29 (after a bye week). The Saints
421 total yards are the most against the Eagles in a home opener since the Bengals
had 431 in 1988. Eagles TE Brent Celek caught 11 passes for 104 yards. The 11
catches are the 9th-most in franchise history and the most by a tight end since
Nov. 19, 1989, when Keith Jackson had 12. Lastly, Darren Sharper's INT - with
a 97-yd return for a TD - was his 57th of his career, most among active players.
Drew Brees Leads Saints Offense To, |
Convincing 48-22 Victory Over Eagles.
The Eagles 2nd round pick from the University of Houston finally got his chance. Kevin
Kolb in his third year now had a career day as he completed 31 of 51 passes for 391 yards.
Well, maybe not a career day yet as it was just his first start in the NFL. But he sure
looked damn good as the Eagles QB Sunday. I personally did not have too much faith in his
ability until that 3rd-and-2 play 9:13 minutes into the first quarter. Just before the
Eagles third offensive play, we saw the Saints QB Drew Brees masterfully move the Saints
right through the Eagles defense, as the linebackers could not cover the tight ends. The
still hated Jeremy Shockey caught three passes for 27 yards and Danny Thomas caught the
first pass of the game for an 11-yard gain. Brees marched the Saints 74 yards in 8 plays
with the quarterback finding Marcus Colston open for a 15-yd TD. Well back to Kolb; he
struck right back with a 71-yard bomb to second year sensation DeSean Jackson and just
like that, the game was tied at 7. The rest of the half remained pretty close as the
Eagles were down just 17-13 at halftime.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
As I said, Kolb was not bad, but still made a few mistakes, but by then this game was
just about over anyway. He did have 3 INTís, but they were basically irrelevant to the
outcome. To me, his biggest mistake came in the second quarter with the Saints ahead
10-7 as the QB led a nice 15-play, 68-yard drive. The Birds were set to take the lead
as they had the ball first-and-goal at the 10. Kolb could not get the ball closer than
the 5-yard line before facing 4th down. An Akersí 23-yard FG made 10-10. A golden
opportunity wasted. That was when the defense and mostly special teams mistakes started
the Eagles in the wrong direction. Just after the 2-minute warning, the Eagles defense
forced a punt and Philly would get the ball back with plenty of time for the offense to
try to take the lead. Except that Jackson fielded the punt from his 2-yd line. If he
would of just left the ball go, it would have bounced into the end zone for a touchback.
His decision ended with 2 penalties as the receiver returned the ball to the 31-yard
line. So Philadelphia started at the 3-yard line instead. The Eagles offense failed to
get a first down and a Sav Rocca punt (49 yards) gave the Saints excellent field
position at their 46-yard line. Two long passes to Reggie Bush (29 yards) and Marcus
Colston (25 yards) and the Saints had a 17-10 lead. But somehow, Kolb led the team in
just 43 seconds into FG position, where David Akers booted a 32-yard FG as time expired.
The second half started out with disaster as Ellis Hobbs fumbled away the kickoff.
Brees attacked like a tiger. Throwing an 11-yard TD for a 24-13 Saints lead. Two plays
after the Eagles got the ball back, linebacker Scott Shanle picked off a Kolb pass and
Drew Brees was back in business. He quickly made it 31-13. Later in the third quarter,
Hobbs made up for his mistake partially with a nice 68-yard kickoff return. Kolb took
full advantage of the teamís good field position and found Jason Avant open on the back
of the end zone. That made it 34-20. The Eagles got the ball back, but a 1-yd run by
Westbrook and two incompletions later, the ball was back in the possession of New
Orleans. All game long, the field position was always in the Saints favor. Time after
time, the Saints started at mid-field. This time was no different and 6-plays later,
Reggie Bush ran one in from 19 yards out on a misdirection play and the Saints were
marching on to victory with a 41-20 lead. You cannot give a really good QB field
position where he only has Ĺ the field or less to score. Special teams made sure
that the Saints would good field position all game long. The Hobbs fumble and Kolbís
first INT in the third quarter put the Eagles to rest as Brees converted Eaglesí
gaffs into 14 quick points. Just as the Green Bay game a few seasons back, the
Eagles gave away free points to a team that does not need any extra help. The
defense did not attack as they did last week against the Panthers. There was no
real answer to how to stop these high-powered Saints, thus we are now 1-1 again
to start another season with Andy Reid as head coach.
|| New Orleans
Photos From The EAGLES Regular Season Game #2
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, right, pulls in a touchdown pass
as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel defends in the first quarter.
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson pulls in a pass which leads to
a 71-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Kolb in the first quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson races to the endzone after catching
a 71-yard TD pass from Kevin Kolb. The TD pass was Kolb's first career NFL TD pass.
The first quarter play also tied the game at 7-7.
Eagles QB Kevin Kolb reacts after throwing a TD pass to
wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the first quarter.
Eagles DE Trent Cole celebrates after his first quarter sack of Saints
quarterback Drew Brees.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, from bottom, is tackled by Philadelphia
Eagles' Juqua Parker, Macho Harris, and Darren Howard after Brees fumbled in the
Saints running back Mike Bell dives into the end zone for a
touchdown as Eagles safety Quintin Mikell defends in the third quarter.
Eagles wideout Jason Avant makes a diving catch on a 3-yd touchdown pass from QB Kevin Kolb
late in the third quarter.