Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Eagles start fast, Kolb looks sharp

The Eagles, who for won't have to answer questions about a slow start this week (except on kick coverage). The defense produced two turnovers, the offense scored on three of its four drives, tallying 17 points. But injuries are a concern.

Eagles start fast, Kolb looks sharp

A nice first half for the Eagles, who for won't have to answer questions about a slow start this week (except on kick coverage). The defense produced two turnovers, the offense scored on three of its four drives, tallying 17 points. Injuries to Jason Peters and Brodrick Bunkley are two of the very few things for the Eagles to be worried about, and even more worrisome, Trent Cole went to the locker room early. If he can't return, that will be big trouble as the Eagles try to protect a seven point lead.

- Kevin Kolb, highly criticized for being too passive last week, came out firing and aggressive on his first drive. He hit a long cross field throw to Brent Celek for 32 yards, fired a pass in to Jason Avant despite a small window, and bought time before finding Celek again for a touchdown. Nice response to a rough outing. At least early. He finished the half 12 for 14 for 123 yards and a touchdown, and led his team to 17 points, but he was lucky that a late fumble wasn't more costly.

- The Eagles continue to be bit by injuries. Brodrick Bunkley left with a left elbow injury and is doubtful to return. Antonio Dixon was getting significant time in his place.

- Moise Fokou made the most of his chance to start, forcing a fumble on the 49ers second drive, setting up an Eagles field goal. It was the first fumble recovery for the Eagles defense this season.

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- Ted Ginn burned the Eagles for 44 yards on the opening kick off, giving the 49ers a short field and setting up a touchdown.

- With Joselio Hanson starting in place of Asante Samuel at cornerback, Dimitri Patterson was in as the nickel back. He had an interception in the second quarter on a deep Alex Smith pass intended for Ted Ginn. Patterson was with the speedy receiver step for step. He was beat by Michael Crabtree on the 49ers opening touchdown.

- King Dunlap is filling in for Jason Peters -- who left with a knee injury -- and was promptly beat for a sack by Jason Smith.

- The Eagles inactives are Michael Vick, Riley Cooper, Asante Samuel, Joique Bell, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Keenan Clayton, Austin Howard and Clay Harbor.

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