What about Westbrook?

What we're talking about after the Eagles' loss to the Giants:

1. What happened to Westbrook?: The Eagles’ bread-and-butter running back touched the ball just 16 times and was held to 2 yards per carry by the Giants’ defense.

2. The run defense: The Giants gashed the Eagles for 219 rushing yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. It allowed the Giants to control the ball for nearly 40 minutes.

3. DeSean Jackson, the ultimate weapon: On the Eagles’ second offensive play, the Eagles had the rookie take a direct snap from center Jamaal Jackson. He ran 9 yards for a touchdown on the play. Jackson rushed for 24 yards on three carries, the other two coming on end-arounds. He also had four catches for 61 yards.

4. Streaky McNabb: The Eagles’ quarterback threw three touchdown passes, but also had a costly interception that set up a Giants score. He completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the first time this season.

5. Short yardage woes: The Eagles, who have been plagued by short-yardage problems all season, failed to convert a crucial 4th-and-1 near midfield with just less than 2 minutes to go in the game, that would have kept their final drive alive.


* The Eagles offensive line did not allow a sack against the Giants, who entered the game with a league-leading 30 in 2008. It marked the fourth time the Eagles did not allow a sack this season.

* Defensive tackle Mike Patterson registered his first career interception, returning it 21 yards and setting up an Eagles touchdown on the first possession of the game. Patterson also recovered a fumble, making him the first Eagle to pick off a pass and recover a fumble in the same game since Michael Lewis on Dec. 28, 2002, at the Giants.

* Defensive end Trent Cole now has 29.5 sacks in his Eagles career, tying Jerome Brown for 13th place in team history. The Eagles have now registered at least one sack in each of the past seven games (eight of nine overall in 2008)