Monday, July 6, 2015

Eagles lead at the half thanks to Cooper, defense

Kevin Kolb does not look nearly as sharp as he has the past two weeks, but the Eagles still have a 13-7 lead thanks in large part to Riley Cooper and a stout defense.

Eagles lead at the half thanks to Cooper, defense

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Kevin Kolb does not look nearly as sharp as he has the past two weeks, but the Eagles still have a 13-7 lead thanks in large part to Riley Cooper and a stout defense.

Kolb owes Cooper a very nice Christmas card, at the least. On a razzle-dazzle play Cooper came wide open, but Kolb badly underthrew him (the play began with Jeremy Maclin taking a shotgun snap, handing off to LeSean McCoy, who then gave the ball to Kolb, who lined up as a receiver and came on a reverse). It looked like a sure interception for Chris Hope, but Cooper aggressively attacked the ball, cutting in front of Hope for the second catch of his career. Even Andy Reid was pumped, pointing emphatically at Cooper. Three plays later Cooper scored, and McCoy gave him a "Gator Chomp" for the effort.

Kolb was just 15 for 26, with one touchdown, one bad looking interception and a couple underthrows -- one to Cooper and another to an open Maclin on what could have been a huge touchdown late.

The defense has been strong. Chris Johnson is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, but for the most part the D has been disciplined and kept him from breaking off anything very damaging. Kerry Collins has been sacked three times.

A penalty on another possible sack, though, helped the Titans get their lone score.Three plays after Juqua Parker was flagged for a very borderline roughing the passer penalty that kept a Titans drive alive, Collins found the 6-3 Kenny Britt who had beaten the 5-9 Ellis Hobbs. Hobbs was beat right at the snap.

Quintin Mikell has had a fast start - intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble on a sack.

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