Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big Bobble Changes Game

Michael Vick will be the third quarterback and is scheduled to be in uniform and on the sideline today.

Big Bobble Changes Game

Update: The Titans capped off a 27-point fourth quarter with a 41-yard interception return by Chad Finnegan to make it 37-19. The Eagles drop to 4-3 and head off to their bye week before a Nov. 7 meeting with Indianapolis.

Earlier: It just keeps happening. The Eagles can't get to Kerry Collins anymore and they can't cover Kenny Britt, who apparently is wearing the cloak of invisibility as he stands alone in the secondary for easy catches over and over again. Britt's 16-yard TD just gave the Titans a 27-19 lead with 5:03 left in a game the Birds were dominating.

Earlier: The Eagles still can't cover Kenny Britt, and now they're losing, thanks to a 42-yard reception by Britt that set up a 38-yard field goal. The Eagles were winning this game easily, but they literally are fumbling and bumbling it away. And I hate it when people use the word "literally."

Earlier: The Eagles seemed about to take complete command of the game, first and goal from the Titans' 3, when DT Jason Jones came right up the middle and hit Kevin Kolb as he was turning to hand the ball off. The ball bounced away from LeSean McCoy, into the center of the line, where Tennessee's Alterraun Verner recovered.

Seventy-four yards later, the Titans kicked a field goal to make it 16-10, Eagles. The Titans' points were made possible when Eagles blitzers were deemed to have impinged on the neutral zone, causing a false start on third down.

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the Birds quickly got the three points back, anyhow, on a 28-yard David Akers field goal set up by a 41-yard Jorrick Calvin kickoff return. It's 19-10, Birds, but it should be more.

Annnnd now it's 2. Eighty-yard Kerry Collins bomb to Kenny Britt, the only dangerous Tennessee receiver, Nate Allen spinning like a top. It's 19-17.

Earlier:  At least David Akers is back on the beam. He just hit his second 46-yard field goal and his third overall, for a 16-7 Eagles lead, off the opening drive of the third quarter, which went 47 yards on 9 plays. Eagles still dinking and dunking, but productively.

Earlier: The Eagles took the lead back on a TD set up by a 37-yard double reverse wide reciever pass, Kevin Kolb being the wide receiver. Jeremy Maclin took the wildcat snap, handed to LeSean McCoy, who pitched back to Kolb, who seemed to have Riley Cooper alone deep. But the ball hung in the air forever, and Cooper ended up diving in front of Alterraun Verner, the first NFL corner named after an SUV. Cooper made an amazing catch at the 5. On third and goal, he caught the TD pass on a crossing route, his first NFL TD.  Birds up 10-7. Now it's 13-7 on a 46-yard David Akers field goal at the end of a mystery drive, when a malfunctioning clock left everyone watching wondering  how much time was left until Ed Hochuli finally made an announcement.

Earlier: Kerry Collins was in the process of being sacked again when he hurled the ball downfield incomplete on third and 10 from the Eagles' 45. Collins didn't know it, but by getting the throw off, he was saving a touchdown drive. Ref Ed Hochuli discerned that Juqua Parker's tackle of Collins constituted unnecessary roughness, because Parker didn't let go of the QB when he released the ball.

Collins then hit WR Kenny Britt over Ellis Hobbs for a 26-yard TD and a 7-3 Titans lead.

The drive began when Collins fumbled the ball away to Parker, but Kevin Kolb threw a terrible, balloon-ball pick, on the first play after the fumble.

Earlier: The Eagles failed to score on their first drive for the first time in the three weeks, but given the early state of the Tennessee offense, there didn't seem to be a lot of urgency. Kerry Collins, quarterbacking with a torn tendon on the middle finger of his passing hand, according to a Fox report, certainly looks it.

The Eagles finally took a 3-0 lead with 12:09 left in the second quarter on a 25-yard David Akers field goal, ending a 14-play, 45-yard drive.  Kevin Kolb hasn't been able to set up well enough to complete balls deep; he overthrew the one where he seemed to have time.

Birds have a Quintin Mikell pick and are doing a good job on Chris Johnson, who has 27 yards on 4 carries but aside from a 12-yarder, really hasn't hurt them. Tennessee is running on third and long, not getting first downs.

We're seeing a fair amount of Chad Hall, in the absence of DeSean Jackson.

On Mikell's pick, Michael Vick took a penalty for getting in the way of an official at the sideline.

Earlier: Michael Vick will be the third quarterback today for the Eagles against Tennessee and is scheduled to be in uniform and on the sideline. 

That should avoid a repeat of last week when Vick was the third quarterback but not in uniform and remained in the locker room to get treatment, the Eagles said. 

DeSean Jackson (concussion), Brodrick Bunkley (elbow)  and Jason Peters (knee) are inactive, as expected.

Also inactive, Clay Harbor, Jerome Harrison, Trevard Lindley and Keenan Clayton. Harrison has been inactive for both games since being acquired from the Browns in a trade for Mike Bell. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday he had a package of plays for Harrison, who is trying to learn the offense on the fly, but apparently the team decided it needed Joique Bell up for special teams.

With Bunkley out, the Eagles will again have only three defensive tackles on the active roster, although coach Andy Reid did not seem concerned about that when asked Friday.

“You saw that worked last week, where we’re rotating other guys in there according to personnel groups so we’ll continue to do that," Reid said. "So what looks like they’re playing the whole game, there’s a rotation going on and they are getting a blow in there to catch their breath and so on.”

For the Titans, Kerry Collins will start at quarterback, with Vince Young as the backup. Young did not practice all week with knee and ankle injuries suffered against Jacksonville on Monday.

Also, wide receiver Kenny Britt will not start following a nightclub brawl late last week, but is expected to play. Rookie Damian Williams will get the start.

 

 

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