Take some good with some bad. That’s the best way of describing the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 win over the New England Patriots in the second week of the NFL’s pre-season.
The good, of course, is that Philadelphia finally won a game against the always-hated Pats’. Along with jumping over that barrier (I don’t care that it’s pre-season), the Eagles also uncovered and clarified where the talent on this team really is, and it should help trim down the roster when the time comes. The bad news, as painful as it may be, is that Michael Vick left the game after just a mere six-plays with another fear-striking rib injury.
So, with that in the forefront of everyone’s mind, let’s clear it up now — Vick’s going to be fine.
All the x-rays, MRI’s and everything else that he did came back negative. It’s really nothing more than bruised ribs. There is no immediate reason to panic. Not yet.
However, Vick’s injury does bring to light the issue of his overall ability to stay healthy. That broad topic has been talked about more by experts than any other revolving Philadelphia this off-season — Vick staying healthy is paramount to the success of this team. And it’s 100% in fact. If for any reason whatsoever #7 isn’t playing for an extended period of time, this team is not going to win games, and it certainly won’t be competing for a Super Bowl.
The other fact is that Vick has played in only two pre-season games and has left both within the opening drives with injuries. The first being his thumb and the latest being his ribs. This sort of stuff won’t fly once the regular season starts, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andy Reid bench Vick for the remainder of the pre-season just to be safe. His health is the key to this team’s success, and with the rough start thus far, the Eagles likely won’t be taking any more chances.
All that being said, here are some quick thoughts from the Eagles win over the Patriots:
Nick Foles.. Again!
This kid has to be given the second-string role over Mike Kafka. For the second consecutive game, Foles has lit-up the opposing defense with beautiful throws and excellent awareness. His only mistake was an interception that was nothing more than a simple rookie mistake. Without a doubt, Foles explosion into relevance has been the highlight of Philadelphia’s pre-season, and if he continues to play the way he has, I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Kafka lose his job.
Mychal Kendricks.. Bingo!
It’s a relief to see it — the Eagles have a linebacker that knows how to play the game of football. Mychal Kendricks has been as good as advertised, showing excellent instincts and a great motor. He will have no issue landing a starting job to play wing-man to DeMeco Ryans (another linebacker that knows how to play, believe it or not). I don’t want to call anything too early, but I am seeing flashes of greatness in Kendricks, and given the right opportunities, he could be dynamite in Philly.
One of my favorite picks of this draft was Marvin McNutt. I loved the kid in college and thought that he could either totally replace Jason Avant or at least be the long-term solution when he leaves. Thus far, McNutt has been nothing but disappointing. He has failed to make any impact in either game, and at this point in time, I don’t see him making the roster. It also doesn’t help his case that undrafted rookie Damarius Johnson is playing like a Pro-Bowler.
Flashbacks, anyone? This was the one really negative takeaway I had from this game, as the Eagles were killed by senseless penalties. Everything from holding to roughing the passer was called against Philadelphia, and it was the type of stuff that generally loses games. Luckily, Tom Brady and co. were not playing, or the final score might have been severely different. But these type of mistakes simply can’t be allowed to happen if Philly wants to win close games moving forward.
Stanley Havili Making the Cut?
There was much debate on whether the Eagles should or would keep a fullback on the roster this season — and it looks like those that were saying the team should were right, as it appears that Stanley Havili will make the team. No promises, but I have a gut feeling and several other experts around Philly think so too.
Reid vs. Jenkins
Don’t take this too seriously. The media really blew the entire thing out of proportion. That simple.
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