Sunday, November 29, 2015

Eagles-Browns Up-Down Drill

The Eagles' 17-16 win over the Browns Sunday was a truly dreadful affair, one filled with many errors from both teams. So the up-down drill after the first game is filled with many down arrows.

Eagles-Browns Up-Down Drill

Eagles´ Kurt Coleman loses his helmet trying to stop Browns´ Trent Richardson. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles' Kurt Coleman loses his helmet trying to stop Browns' Trent Richardson. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles' 17-16 win over the Browns Sunday was a truly dreadful affair, one filled with many errors from both teams. So the up-down drill after the first game is filled with many down arrows.

 – Brandon Weeden had a rough first NFL start. The 28-year-old rookie quarterback was the best defense for the Eagles. He overthrew several open receivers, failed to recognize a few more and also tossed fourth interceptions. His passer rating was 5.1. You read that right.

 – Vick, Michael. He wasn’t as bad as Weeden, but the Eagles are in trouble if Vick keeps playing this way. Big trouble.

 – The Eagles, as a whole, were as sloppy as a two-year-old at dinner in the first half. But the offensive line was the most egregious. The unit couldn’t block a thing. King Dunlap, Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce were all called for holding. Has the loss of Jason Peters affected the chemistry up front that much?

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 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had excellent position on Travis Benjamin when Weeden tried to hit his receiver down the right sideline. The cornerback timed his defense perfectly and notched his first interception as an Eagle. Rodgers-Cromartie added another in the third quarter.

 Kurt Coleman meet Trent Richardson. The Eagles safety was plowed over by the Browns rookie running back. Coleman was hit so hard by Richardson on a nine-yard second quarter run that the safety’s helmet popped off. To be fair to Coleman, his feet weren’t set.

 – Coleman was active all game, though, and had two interceptions, the final one icing the game.

 – Akeem Jordan is one of the Eagles’ unsung heroes. The linebacker made two excellent open-field tackles on punt coverage.

 Jason Babin missed all of the preseason with a calf injury, but he didn’t miss a beat, recording his first sack of the season in the third quarter. The Eagles defensive end may frustrate as a run stopper, but Babin has tallied 31-1/2 sacks in his last 33 games.

 – The replacement referees were very active in a game that wasn’t very clean for either team. There are almost always complaints about officiating so it’s difficult to gauge how well the crew did Sunday. But they appeared to get in the way, calling a few ticky-tack penalties, such as the roughing the passer personal foul on Phillip Hunt.

 – The Eagles are once again an undisciplined mess of a team. Last year they committed 107 penalties, which was 11th worst in the league. So many, though, came at the worst possible time (see: Juqua Parker offside in Buffalo). The same held true Sunday. They ended up with 12 penalties for 110 yards.

 – Alex Henery set an NFL record for field goal percentage for a rookie last season. But he never hit a clutch kick. He missed two crucial fourth quarter field goal attempts last season against the 49ers and was wide left on a 45-yard try again in the fourth on Sunday when the Eagles needed points.

 – The criminally underused LeSean McCoy had another productive day. The running back fumbled on his first carry, but shouldered much of the offensive load in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 carries for 110 yards.


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