Eagles-Texans first half thoughts

How's this for addressing your problems quickly?

First play, hit DeSean Jackson for 42 yards. Then drive down the field, get into the red zone, and score a touchdown there. Jump on the Texans quick and take a 20 to 10 lead.

That loss last week, when the Eagles couldn't score in the red zone, didn't produce any turnovers and their star receiver ended up angry and chewed out? The Eagles did a good job in the first half of consigning that to memory - though a final red zone field goal, rather than touchdown, took some luster off. (Keeping in mind of course, that there is still a half to play and lots could change).

Some first half notes:

-- LeSean McCoy has already had a solid day: 34 yards rushing, 37 receiving and two touchdowns.

-- Stewart Bradley has been much more active this week and has made several sure tackles.

-- The Eagles are 2 for 4 in the red zone. One "failure" (according to official NFL stats) came on a drive when they only crossed the 20 on a third down play and then kicked a field goal on fourth.

-- Rookie DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim got some snaps.

-- Nate Allen and Dimitri Patterson both bit badly on Andre Johnson's double move. What's the point of double coverage if you're both going to go for the same move?

-- Trevor Laws had an interception for his first career take away. It set up an Eagles field goal.

-- David Akers set the team record for most games played as an Eagle.

-- Michael Vick is taking a lot of hits, again. Several times he has gotten up slowly, but he's still having a great night: 15 for 22, 180 yards and a touchdown.


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