Eagles-Ravens Up-Down Drill
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Eagles-Ravens Up-Down Drill
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Up-Down Drill after the Eagles came back to beat the Ravens, 24-23, in a thriller at Lincoln Financial Field:
↑ – The first interception had an Uh-oh, not again-feeling to it, but Michael Vick was pretty darn near perfect the rest of the way. Sure, there were a few throws he could have had back. But for the second straight week the quarterback willed the Eagles to a comeback victory.
↓ – Not to pile on, but that was a disgrace. The NFL should be ashamed. The officials’ Keystone Cops routine nearly cost the Eagles the game. The Ravens could legitimately say the same. In fact, they did.
↑ -- The Eagles tight end was targeted 11 times and caught eight for a career-high 157 yards. He could have snared one that bounced off his hands and to Ravens safety Ed Reed. But that miscue paled in comparison to his domination in the middle of the field.
↓ – The Eagles’ play-calling, as a whole, was better. The Eagles stuck with the run when in the past Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid may have panicked. But the third-down-and one call to Bryce Brown was a head-scratcher, as was rolling Vick out on second-and-goal with the game on the line.
↓ -- South Jersey's own looked like a different quarterback than the one in the opener on Monday night. Maybe the short week had something to do with it. Maybe the Ravens were looking ahead to the Patriots. But 22 of 42 passing and one interception isn't getting it done.
↑ – The Ravens kicker nailed 48-, 51- and 56-yard field goals. It looked like the Ravens needed to only get to the Eagles 40 to give him Tucker a makeable try to win the game. They were stopped 14 yards short.
↑ – Does anyone now think the Eagles shouldn’t have cut Joselio Hanson before the season? Didn’t think so. Boykin, the Birds’ slot corner, was one of the main reasons why Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin was held to just two catches for seven yards.
↓ – LeSean McCoy did some tough running behind a patchwork offensive line, gaining 81 yards on 25 carries and scoring a touchdown. But he’s already fumbled twice this season. Last year, he fumbled only once on 321 touches.
↓ -- When Ravens coach John Harbaugh called for a fake punt in the second quarter, the timing and field position seemed right. The call appeared to be a good one, too, with the snap going directly to Sean Considine. But the former Eagle tripped and Stanley Havili took care of the rest, dropping the safety short of the first.
↑ – With Jeremy Maclin out for most of the game, DeSean Jackson gave the Eagles some muscle on the outside. He finished with seven catches for 114 yards, but his biggest grab was a 49-yard catch in the third quarter. Jackson took a shot from Reed, but held on. Does he pull that throw in a year ago?
↓ – Reid accepted a holding penalty in the fourth quarter when he simply should have declined it and let the Ravens kick a field goal. Instead, the Ravens had second life when, on third and 18, Jason Babin was could for roughing the passer. The Eagles eventually held, and pushed the Ravens back to the 33. But Tucker nailed the 51-yard kick.
↓ – A week after having the best game of his career, Henry was shaky. His punt out of the Eagles’ own end zone was below average and led to a Ravens’ field goal and he finished with a 32.4-yard net average.
↑ – We rip the Eagles when they pile up the penalties, so it’s only fair to give them credit when they keep the number respectable. The Birds were flagged seven times for 58 yards – too many from this perspective. But they were clean on the game-winning drive, and other than a questionable illegal contact call on Nnamdi Asomugha, did not give the Ravens much on their last possession.