Eagles take care of business

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Asante Samuel intercepts David Garrard's pass in the third quarter in front of Mike Sims-Walker. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Behind another strong start from Michael Vick, the Eagles brushed aside the Jaguars, beating an inferior opponent for the second consecutive week.

Vick went 17 for 31 passing, for 291 yards and three touchdowns and a 119.2 passer rating. For the second week in a row, he led the Eagles to several explosive plays while avoiding turn overs.

Against a punchless Jaguars team, the game really felt like it might be over after one half. The Eagles took a 14-3 lead on their final drive of the second quarter, and it seemed unlikely that Jacksonville could catch up. Vick added a 45-yard touchdown pass to Maclin and a 17-yard scoring run in the third quarter to put the game completely out of reach.

With Sean McDermott's defense playing a complete game for the first time this year, and a variety of Eagles applying quarterback pressure -- including Brandon Graham, Trent Cole, Juqua Parker and even Trevor Laws and Darryl Tapp -- the Jaguars were stifled.

A big piece of NFL success hinges on beating the few truly weak teams on a schedule, and the Eagles did that Sunday. Tougher tests will be coming, but so far the team has thrived with Vick.

Andy Reid might have looked like a flip-flopper during the week, but with Vick's performance today, he also looked right.

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