Sunday, September 10, 2006

Encouraging First Act For Eagles

HOUSTON -- Even considering the opponent, there were plenty of positives to see in the Eagles' opening 24-10 win over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Houston looked like a Super Bowl contender in the game's first series, and then reverted to appearing more like, well, the Texans, the rest of the game. The Texans scored on a 25-yard TD reception by Eric Moulds to culminate a 10-play, 77-yard drive.
That constituted Houston's major highlight of the day.
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb spread the ball around, hitting seven different receivers. McNabb looked confident and didn't panic after getting off to a slow start. Donte' Stallworth showed he could be the deep threat that the Eagles sorely lacked.
Remember, about two weeks ago, people were still talking about Todd Pinkston as the Eagles' chief deep threat. Stallworth is no doubt rejuvenated by being with a playoff contender. He will stretch the field and give others better opportunities.
And the Eagles ran the ball 30 times and even averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry.
After that opening drive, the Eagles defense played took control. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson used two different defensive lines and both performed admirably.
hosting best running threat was quarterback David Carr, who was running for his life most of the second half.
Now again, this was against a Texans team that went 2-14 last year and will struggle to get to the five-win plateau this season.
Still, it was an encouraging performance, especially as Stallworth continues to digest the playbook. What kind of chemistry will Stallworth and McNabb have after one month, two months, and longer?
Next week the Eagles face a legitimate playoff contender in the New York Giants. That will be a real test, but it doesn't mean the Eagles shouldn't be encouraged by their performance.
A win on the road in the NFL, regardless of the opponent, should never be taken for granted. Especially for a team coming off a 6-10 season.


At 7:21 PM, Blogger Wolfstreeter said...

As a true Eagles (Philly)fan the win in Texas was great but I'ts a long season and I'm not quite ready to name the Birds Super Bowl contenders just yet. The way I see it is the Secondary is very suspect and the Running game still leaves a lot to be desired. So, as in true Philly Fan style, time will tell.

At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think next week versus the Giants will be a good indicator of what kind of season the Eagles will have this season. No one is talking about the Eagles O-line, which full of ornery mammoths. If they can keep the pressure off of McNabb against the Giant's D-line, very good things are in store for the Eagles this year.

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone here remember Rich Kotite? How about Marion Campbell? Ray Rhodes? Anyone remember the days when William Frizell roamed the secondary? How about ol' John Booty? You must remember Antone Davis - you can't forget him, can you? I know you still have Mike Mamula stored somewhere in your brain. What about that guy named Renfro? When Michael Irvin galloped across the Eagles secondary as he swatted little green dwarves aside with ease?

It makes the wins taste better.


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