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Philadelphia Eagles Give Sam Bradford and St. Louis Rams Nightmares: Fan’s Take
The Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick(notes) didn't waste much time on Sunday, Sept. 11 in proving me wrong and showing the world they might just be as good as advertised as they literally destroyed the St. Louis Rams 31-13 at the Edward Jones Dome in Missouri.
I honestly thought the Eagles would take at least a couple of games to gel into a cohesive unit, as I laid out in my most recent article you can read here, but apparently the frenzied and abbreviated training camp and preseason they went through was enough to turn them into a solid team.
So, it's time to eat some crow, and I'm serving up a heaping helping of it to myself tonight. Forgive me, Philly, for doubting your boys.
While I still won't call them a "Dream Team," Philadelphia is definitely a squad capable of making their fan's dreams come true most Sundays. The additions of Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes) seem like they're working out well as they—along with the rest of the Eagles defense—held the Rams' Sam Bradford(notes) to 188 yards and no touchdowns on 17-of-30 passing while sacking him four times; and allowed St. Louis to convert just 2-of-12 third-downs situations.
The defensive line of St. Louis, on the other hand, despite my belief they would find a way to contain Vick and shut down the potent Philadelphia offense, struggled all day; allowing the Eagles' signal-caller to rack up 285 total yards from scrimmage—including 98 yards rushing on 10 carries. They also allowed LeSean McCoy(notes) to run rampant for another 122 yards on 15 carries as Philadelphia amassed 237 net yards on the ground.
About the only thing the Rams defense could take away from this contest that was good, was the fact they lived up to their billing as a unit that can pressure the quarterback, sacking Vick three times on the day. However, none of that kept the Eagles from scoring their 31 points on the day. The line that included rookie defensive end Robert Quinn(notes), Chris Long(notes), and tackles Fred Robbins(notes) and Justin Bannan(notes) just didn't do enough to take advantage of Philadelphia's supposedly weak offensive line.
Or is it just that I was mistaken about how weak that offensive line is? I'll have to give it another week or so before I'll admit to that, but they certainly didn't provide me with much evidence in this game to support that contention. Rookies Jason Kelce(notes) and Danny Watkins(notes) certainly looked as if they belonged in the game, and the rest of Philadelphia's starters did as well.
Vick didn't have much trouble through the air, either, finding his favorite target, DeSean Jackson(notes) for 102 yards on six receptions and a touchdown. Vick finished 14-of-32 for 187 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, and while that's nothing even remotely close to the amazing, record-breaking game another scrambling quarterback named Cam Newton had for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, at least Vick's came in a win.
So, in the end Vick and his teammates made me eat some crow. However, I would like to point out that even though I felt the matchups would favor the Rams in this game, I did leave open the possibility St. Louis could find itself on the wrong end of a blowout. Apparently I should have gone with that prediction rather than the one I did; for the Eagles turned my foolhardy prognostications into nightmares.
Hut, hut, hike!
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