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Birds, DJax Crushing KC

The Eagles bounced back from last week's loss to New Orleans, with a 34-14 victory over the Cheifs at the Linc.

Birds, DJax Crushing KC

The Eagles bounced back from last week's loss to New Orleans, with a 34-14 victory over the Cheifs at the Linc.

With much of the attention on Michael Vick before the game, Vick finished 0-for-2 passing and had one carry for seven yards.

 

Updating: Eagles now up 34-7 after Brent Celek's sixth catch of the day went for 35 yards right down Broadway for a TD. The Chiefs' bizarre gameplan -- handing off on third and 10 -- is only fueling the carnage. Celek has 104 receiving yards.

Now we have a Jeff Garcia sighting, with 4:40 left.

Previously: Eagles now up 27-7 in the fourth, with the Chiefs still trying to run the ball and throw the occasional short pass ... not a productive catchup strategy, but it will get the Linc faithful home for dinner earlier.DeSean Jackson 6 catches for 149 yards, and he's the first Eagle to catch 60-yard-plus TDs in successive games since Mike Quick in 1985.

Previously: Eagles up 24-7 at the half after a 29-yard David Akers field goal. Guess absolute perfection in the red zone is a lot to ask; looked like normally surehanded Jason Avant could have had that third-and-6 pass from Kevin Kolb, on the 5 for the first.

Some halftime stats: Kolb 15 for 22 for 211 yards and a 114.0 passer rating. Michael Vick 0 for 2 as a passer, with 1 carry for 7 yards. LeSean McCoy 11 carries for 49 yards. DeSean Jackson three catches for 117 yards, Brent Celek 6 for 54.

Annnddd ... Larry Johnson 7 carries for 3 yards. Yikes.

Earlier: Well, Andy Reid decided to wake up the Chiefs by going for it on fourth and a long one from the Kansas City 44. It helped the Chiefs that Reid's playcall was a slow-developing Kevin Kolb rollout to the right, Kolb's pass getting blocked by Mike Vrabel.

The KC offense took that bit of good fortune and embarked on a 6 play scoring drive, capped by a very nice fade TD to Mark Bradley from the 13, over Ellis Hobbs.

But the Birds needed just one play to restore their 14-point cushion, when DeSean Jackson got inside Maurice Leggett and the safeties seemed to be running in sand. Sixty-four yards later, it was 21-7.

Earlier: The Eagles backed the Chiefs up, got the ball on a punt at Kansas City's 48, and scored 8 plays later on a 5-yard LeSean McCoy run, McCoy taking the snap as a shotgun quarterback. Four of the plays in involved some sort of Wildcat-optiony-trickery stuff. McCoy, starting for Brian Westbrook, made a breathtaking cut to his right on a run from the 19 to the 5, to set up the score.

After a Kansas City three-and-out and a punt to the Birds' 27, another touchdown drive began, this one going 73 yards in 6 plays, only one of the snaps not involving Kevin Kolb as QB -- Michale Vick handed off to McCoy.

The big strike was a 43-yard pass from Kolb to a wide-open DeSean Jackson, Jackson showing no ill effect from the groin injury he suffered last week. Kolb scored on a keeper on third and goal from the 1. Two-for-two in the red zone!

Earlier: One of the problems the Eagles had last year was that even though Brian Westbrook was hobbled much of the season with knee and ankle trouble, Andy Reid seemed reluctant to use other backs or in any way lighten Westbrook's load.

This season, the Birds seem to be taking a different approach. Westbrook, listed as "questionable" Friday with an ankle sprain suffered last week against the Saints, is not active today against Kansas City. Second-round rookie Shady McCoy is getting his second start.

All week, even though Westbrook did not practice, the upshot from the team was that he seemed fairly likely to play.Reid talked Friday of Westbrooks ankle swelling subsiding. But with the bye week looming, maybe Reid decided two weeks rest for his franchise back would pay dividends down the road.

The open date also might have figured into the much less surprising decision to deactivate Donovan McNabb (rib). Kevin Kolb, of course, is the starter there. WR Kevin Curtis, listed as "doubtful," along with McNabb, is inactive, and will be replaced in the starting lineup by first-round rookie Jeremy Maclin. Reggie Brown is active for the first time this season.

The Eagles are fully activating three QBs -- Kolb, Michael Vick and Jeff Garcia -- meaning they will be short a special-teams player but won't have to worry about which QB plays when, as they would if they had designated a third quarterback.

Also inactive are S Quintin Demps, LG Todd Herremans, DE Jason Babin, CB Dimitri Patterson and OL Mike McGlynn.

 

The most surprising inactive for the Chiefs is WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring).

Stay tuned.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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