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Wobbly Eagles Ahead at Half

The Eagles' offense definitely was missing something today through most of the first half against the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe DeSean Jackson. Definitely a spark, some chemistry in the passing game. Jeremy Maclin for several series, after a tough hit at midfield by Adrian Wilson caused him to head for the locker room for tests on a shoulder, the Eagles said.

Wobbly Eagles Ahead at Half

The Eagles' offense definitely was missing something today through most of the first half against the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe DeSean Jackson. Definitely a spark, some chemistry in the passing game. Jeremy Maclin for several series, after a tough hit at midfield by Adrian Wilson caused him to head for the locker room for tests on a shoulder, the Eagles said.

Jackson, of course, is inactive today because he missed a Saturday special teams meeting. The wideouts, especially during the time Maclin was out, looked woefully unprepared for the spotlight, and quarterback Michael Vick was inacurrate, missing Brent Celek by a mile on an early bomb. No defender was anywhere near Celek at the time.

But the Eagles got a defensive touchdown for the second game in a row, Asante Samuel picking off John Skelton and going 19 yards to break a scoreless tie. Then the Cards, who missed two field goals in the first half, drove 84 yards on 10 plays and a penalty, Larry Fitzgerald catching a 10-yard Skelton pass for the tying TD.

But former Cardinal Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie's first kickoff return went for 29 yards, out to the 30, and the Eagles drove 70 yards in 10 plays, plus one penalty, to take a 14-7 halftime lead on LeSean's McCoy's 1-yard run with 17 seconds left. McCoy has at least a touchdown in each of the nine games this season, a franchise record.

Vick was nine for 18 for 75 yards at halftime, and had run three times for 39 yards. McCoy had gained 34 yards on 8 carries. Skelton was 8 for 18 for 111 yards.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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