The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Eagles Big Win

By Jay Arnold and Matt Harvey

Hello Happy fans. This week I’m doing the O write-up and Harv is covering the D.

THE O

GOOD:

Overall… a whole lot of wow. I’m not positive, but I think I saw the first team offense eating cheese steaks after the first quarter. Jackson wasn’t able to finish his, but Sean Andrews helped him pick up the slack. Runyan just took Lorenzo Booker’s… I thought that was mean.

It’s pretty much taking every fiber of my being not to gush over Jackson’s performance. It was silly good. It was ridiculous good. It was good enough to make me forget about my car breaking down and almost missing the kick-off. It was good enough to make me temporarily forget about that shot-girl “Cup-Cake” at Dellilah’s on friday (props to the Philly club for recently being ranked the best strip club in America). Trust me… it takes a lot to make me forget about cup-cake. The Rams game-planned specifically for Jackson… and he still got open. WOW again.

By half-time, McNabb looked ready to break some all-time NFL records. He zipped where he needed to zipp and easily sidestepped the miniscule amount of pressure that the offensive line allowed this game. Avant hit his slants and Lewis finally20showed some of his. This is what happens when the Eagles have 2 weapons that teams worry about instead of just Westbrook. But more than that… he didn’t throw a single ball at someone’s feet. God that annoys me.

The O-line was nothing short of superb. The Rams’ D-line is the best part of their defense and there was plenty of time for Mcnabb.

Westbrook… made things look easy. He wasn’t overworked and could have been used even less.

There was absolutely no red-zone struggle. Other than Basket’s gallop, they actually dink and dunked all the way home with relative ease. Very Reassuring.

THE BAD:

Sorry for the ‘Debbie downer moment”, but there were a few passes that were caught that usually won’t be. Jackson took a few directly off the D’back’s…. ummm back… and Lewis held onto a deep one after a legitimate snot-bubble hit. We can’t really count on those to happen all year. But each catch played a huge part early on and if they went a little different, maybe the Rams hearts might have actually showed up. These were the type of catches that matter much more against good teams. The Rams were after all the 31st ranked pass defense last year.

THE UGLY:

Not gonna’ lie, L.J.’s hands were bricks this game. The third little pig could have used his hands to build a house for protection from the big bad wolf. But still some promise.

Notes:

–Kolb looked pretty solid. In some respects it’s almost unfortunate that he played that well. It’s sure to give the Mcnabb-haters (vocal minority) a little nugget of annoying truth to spew the first time McNabb has a bad game.

— Not a ton of Bo oker or Westbrook split wide. I’m thinking Andy held back a good deal of the packages for the Cowboys next week.

THE D

Ok first of all the defense played outstanding football. We got pressure through blitzing making Bulger make quick throws with a lack of timing. When Bulger was able to throw Samuel and the other d-backs were there. We had 4 sacks all by someone other then Trent Cole. We controlled the line of scrimmage from the very first play. I know this is a defensive analysis but I need to add something about the Special teams. Wow for the most part. Roca was great pinning them inside the 10 and Demps made two great covers. The one negative, Jackson needs to get moving forward on the punt returns.

GOOD: Overall pressure was outstanding and the coverage was a blanket. Asante shut down Holt. “75 % of the world is covered by water… the rest is covered by Assante.” Steven Jackson got exactly nowhere behind a solid left side of the offensive line.

Getting pressure from the left end was huge. Cole was mostly double teamed so Howard needed to perform and he answered the call. ALL the D-tackles played well. Klecko’s sack was hilarious when
I thought about the fact that we brought him in as fullback.

BAD: This is nit picking but the TE coverage was not good. He was able to get free some as was Jackson on one play. This leads me to the Ugly…

UGLY:
Was the hit that Sheldon Brown put on Jackson onthe play he got free. I could care less if Jakson popped right up that one hurt!!!!

OVERALL: AMAZING opening game by the birds. Let’s hope they can snot the C-boys the same way.

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