Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maclin Eagles' best receiver and other Inkys

Presenting the Inky's: A look at some of the highs, lows, odds and ends from the Eagles' 20-13 win over the Redskins:

Maclin Eagles' best receiver and other Inkys

Jeremy Maclin has been the Eagles most productive receiver. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff Photographer)
Jeremy Maclin has been the Eagles most productive receiver. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff Photographer)

Presenting the Inky's: A look at some of the highs, lows, odds and ends from the Eagles' 20-13 win over the Redskins:

Best premature celebration: Yeah, LeSean McCoy was ruled short of the first down on a late fourth quarter run that would have iced the game for the Eagles, but how much fun was it to see the running back giddily punch Andy Reid in the stomach after the play? Last week many Eagles fans wished they could have done the same to the coach, although with much more force.

Player of the game for the Eagles: Redskins quarterback Rex Grossmanwas awful, throwing one ill-advised pass after the other. All told Grossman tossed four interceptions, three to Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Backup John Beck was a little better, but the Redskins’ quarterback play had Washington fans fondly recalling the Donovan McNabb era.

Best apology: Michael Vick had a strange moment in the third quarter after a 31-yard scramble. Chased out of bounds on the Redskins’ sideline, he kicked a stray ball directly toward a group of Washington cheerleaders. Vick immediately put his hands over his chest in a gesture of apology and verbally said sorry after the game. “I can’t let my emotions get the best of me,” he said.

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Best stat: McCoy has scored touchdowns in six straight games matching the franchise second-best mark held by fellow Harrisburg product Ricky Watters, who set the mark in 1995. Steve Van Buren (8 in 1947) holds the team record.

Best receiver:  He was clearly the best receiver in Sunday’s game, but the case can strongly be made that Jeremy Maclin is now the best on the Eagles roster. Yeah, DeSean Jackson, that includes you. Maclin caught five passes for 101 receiving yards and now has at least five catches in each of the last five games.

Toughest luck: Rookie Dion Lewis would have had his first career touchdown when he ran seven yards for what was originally ruled a score in the first quarter. But the call was reversed, although replays appeared to be inconclusive. Lewis will have plenty of more chances to score his first touchdown. It looks like he’s taken over for Ronnie Brown as the Eagles’ second running back.

Best decision: Reid’s for tightening up the defensive line and ditching the wide-nine on obvious run downs. The Eagles held the Redskins to just 42 yards off 14 carries on the ground because, in part, the gaps across the line weren’t as large as they are in the wide-nine. No reason to go back now.

Best pass break-up: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartiedropped a would-be interception for the second week in a row but the Eagles cornerback nicely broke up a pass from Beck to receiver Jabbar Gaffney in the fourth quarter. It was about time. Now if only he can catch the ball.

Best hope for Eagles fans:That Sunday’s road win at Washington wasn’t just a victory over a subpar team with a rotten quarterback.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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