Thursday, July 2, 2015

Eagles-Falcons: The Morning After

TALKING POINTS

Eagles-Falcons: The Morning After

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TALKING POINTS

What we're talking about after the Eagles' victory over the Atlanta Falcons:

1.  A dogfight in the East. With Sunday’s win and the Cowboys’ loss to the Giants, the 8-4 Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead with the Cowboys heading into Sunday night’s game at the Meadowlands against the 7-5 Giants.

2. No DeSean, no problem. Even though he was missing big-play wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Donovan McNabb still managed to average 9.52 yards per attempt. Jeremy Maclin had his fourth straight game with at least 4 catches and at least 60 yards. Little-used Reggie Brown had 2 receptions for 64 yards.

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3. Vick’s Atlanta return. Michael Vick had a successful homecoming to the city he used to own. Completed both his pass attempts, including a 43-yarder to Reggie Brown, and scored his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run.

4. Still sluggish in the red zone. The Eagles continued to have problems inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. They converted just 1 of their first 4 red-zone trips into touchdowns. They are 10-for-24 in the red zone in their last 8 games.

5. More takeaways. The Eagles forced three more turnovers Sunday, running their season total to 28. They converted all 3 of them into touchdowns, including Sheldon Brown’s 83-yard interception return for a TD. Brown and Asante Samuel have combined for 12 interceptions, becoming the first pair of Eagles defenders with at least five interceptions apiece in the same season in nearly two decades.

NUMBERS TO PONDER

 * The Eagles scored on their first possession of the game for the seventh time in 12 games. They’re 6-1 in those seven games.

* The Eagles committed eight penalties against the Falcons. It’s the fifth straight game they’ve been flagged for at least seven penalties. They have 40 penalties in those five games.

* For just the fourth time this season, the Eagles didn’t have any givewaways. They have a plus-15 turnover differential in their eight wins and minus-3 in their four losses. Sixteen of their 20 interceptions have come in their eight wins.

* Donovan McNabb has started seven of the Eagles’ eight wins this season. In those seven games, he has a .648 completion percentage, is averaging 8.27 yards per attempt and has thrown 13 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. In the three losses that he’s started, he had a .557 completion percentage, a 7.22 yards-per-attempt average and 3 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions.

* The Eagles converted their only third-and-1 opportunity. They are just 14-for-21 on third-and-1 this season and 7-for-13 in the last five games.

* In their eight wins, the Eagles have held opponents to a .560 completion percentage and 5.30 yards per attempt. In their four losses: .685 and 8.87.

UP NEXT

The Eagles, having broken their Sunday night football jinx, head to the Meadowlands to face the Giants in a key NFC East showdown. The Giants are coming off a 31-24 victory over Dallas on Sunday that might have salvaged their season, as Sam Donnellon writes in today's Daily News.

"This football team’s chips are pushed all the way in," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "There isn’t any turning back for us, man. We know we have a tough road ahead and it starts with Philly next week. They embarrassed us down there and we have a lot to prove and I think we will be completely engulfed in the next team this week and focus on them. Hopefully we can just come out, get this crowd behind us again at home, and have a repeat performance."

PROGRAMMING NOTES

For Domo's report card from the Eagles-Falcons game, click here.

Ed Barkowitz chats Eagles at 1:30 p.m. here on philly.com. You can leave your questions now.

Check back later for updates from Andy Reid's day after news conference.

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