Eagles-Panthers first quarter observations

CHARLOTTE -- First-quarter observations from the Eagles-Panthers game:

-- Macho Harris had the sort of start you might expect from a rookie starting in his first NFL game. The free safety missed a tackle on DeAngelo Williams -- he won't be the first -- and looked like he was out-run by Jake Delhomme on a quarterback scramble.

-- Juqua Parker doesn't just take bad arrests, the Eagles defensive end took a costly penalty on third down when he grabbed Delhomme's fask mask. The Eagles apparently had forced Carolina to punt when Delhomme threw an incomplete pass to Muhsin Muhammad. But Parker was whistled for the personal foul and the drive was kept alive.

-- Williams was sprung for 11-yard TD run when Eagles end Trent Cole was cut blocked on the outside and safety Quntin Mikell was caught inside. Not the kind of start the Birds had hoped for -- a 13-play, 70-yard drive that drained 8:06 off the clock. Panthers, 7-0.

--  Jason Peters was saved by Donovan McNabb after the quarterback converted a third and long with a 18-yard strike to Jason Avant. Peters was called for a false start a play earlier. The drive stalled, however, when Brent Celek dropped a pass from McNabb. No. 5 looks sharp thus far -- the rest of the offense, not so much.

-- On that same note, Peters -- the $60 million man -- was called again for a false start. Kevin Curtis dropped a would-be first down reception when McNabb hit him in the worst spot -- his hands. The Eagles still managed to get on the board with a 48-yard field goal from David Akers, who showed plenty of leg. Panthers, 7-3.

-- That score was set up by Sheldon Brown's interception. The cornerback showed great hands on a tipped ball. Carolina had Steve Smith matched up with Macho Harris in the slot -- the kind of matchup you would want if you're the Panthers. But Harris shadowed Smith across the middle and Delhomme threw it behind his start receiver, who deflected the pass toward Brown.