Thursday, July 2, 2015

Player of the game, other Inky awards

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Here is a look at some of the best and worst in Sunday's Eagles-Bills game that deserve special mention and our new award: the Inky.

Player of the game, other Inky awards

Fred Jackson breaks a tackle attempt by Darryl Tapp in the Eagles´ loss to the Bills. (David Duprey/AP)
Fred Jackson breaks a tackle attempt by Darryl Tapp in the Eagles' loss to the Bills. (David Duprey/AP)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Here is a look at some of the best and worst in Sunday's Eagles-Bills game that deserve special mention and our new award: the Inky.

Inky for best player: Buffalo's Fred Jackson was a monster on Sunday. He ran 26 times for 111 yards and caught six passes for 85. That's 196 yards of total offense, more than half of Buffalo's total. The Eagles didn't have an answer.

Inky for most improved Eagle: Nnamdi Asomugha had a nice showing. On one sequence in the second quarter, he stopped Jackson on first down, snuffed out a reverse for a 3-yard loss on second and caught up to C.J. Spiller to hold the speedy back to 5 yards on third, forcing a punt. A costly facemask penalty confirmed (again) that he's still human, but at least he's a human looking more like the corner the Eagles thought they were getting.

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Inky for most lucky refereeing quirk: Andy Reid got a Wall Street sized bailout to start the second half. He had his team try a surprise onside kick, but the Bills recovered and would have had excellent field position. The referees, though, said they had not signaled that it was OK to start play. The Eagles got a do-over and wisely boomed it deep for a touchback. Of course, the Bills still drove for a touchdown. Reid could only get so lucky.

Inky for best player the Eagles wish they had: Buffalo's George Wilson showed what happens when you have a safety who can hit and make plays. Wilson had 11 tackles - all solo - one stop for a loss, a hit on Mike Vick, an interception and broke up three passes. The Eagles, on the other hand, had Jarrad Page, who might have missed as many tackles as Wilson made.

Inky for biggest glimmer of hope: There weren't many contenders for this category, but Nate Allen showed signs of returning to form. He had 13 combined tackles including a key third-and-7 stop that gave the Eagles their final chance to tie the game. Perhaps his knee is feeling better.

Inky for worst end to a good day: Jason Avant actually had an impressive nine catches for 139 yards. But all anyone will remember are his third-quarter fumble and fourth-quarter bobble that led to an interception and ended the Eagles' last drive.

Inky for best reason to keep watching a 1-4 team: The Eagles have three flat tires but might still be in the race for NFC East. If they can beat the Redskins Sunday, they will be no worse than two games out of first with 10 games remaining. It's still a steep climb, but it might not be over yet.

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