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Talking Points: Eagles-Rams

What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Eagles' Week 1 victory:

Talking Points: Eagles-Rams

Trent Cole (left) and Cullen Jenkins watch Jason Babin celebrate his first sack of Rams QB Sam Bradford. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Trent Cole (left) and Cullen Jenkins watch Jason Babin celebrate his first sack of Rams QB Sam Bradford. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Eagles' Week 1 victory:

DeSean Jackson’s contract situation. Those of you who thought the wide receiver’s unsettled contract situation would weigh too heavy on his mind and not allow him to give his best Sunday, well, it didn’t seem to be a problem. Jackson notched the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career, catching six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.

The offensive line. The Eagles’ still-getting-to-know-one-another unit played surprisingly well in the Edward Jones Dome. They handled the Rams’ four-man rush and really only had problems when the Rams sent more rushers than they had blockers, which isn’t their fault. They gave up just three sacks and did a good job of protecting Vick. And they didn’t have any false starts.

The linebackers. Like the offensive line, this was another pre-game concern. They struggled early, as the Rams rushed for 90 yards on their first two possessions, including a 47-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson on the Rams’ first offensive play. But they held the Rams to 3.4 yards per carry the rest of the way.

The Wide-Nine. The Eagles’ pass rush was as good as advertised. They collected five sacks against the Rams, including three by newcomers Jason Babin (2) and Cullen Jenkins (1).

The Real McCoy. LeSean McCoy had an outstanding game, rushing for 122 yards on 15 carries. Ninety-five of those rushing yards came in the fourth quarter. McCoy had a rushing and receiving touchdown.

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To read our coverage of the Eagles' win, including the report card, click here.

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