Saturday, September 5, 2015

Player of the game, worst move and other Eagles awards

Here are the Inqy's, our set of Eagles awards (good and bad) for Sunday’s game.

Player of the game, worst move and other Eagles awards

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Andy Reid and the Eagles fell to the Giants, 29-16, in their home opener on Sunday. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid and the Eagles fell to the Giants, 29-16, in their home opener on Sunday. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Here are the Inqy's, our set of Eagles awards (good and bad) for Sunday’s game.

We'll have complete coverage here online and in the Inquirer, but the Inqy's are a look at some of the odds and ends that stood out. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts below:

Best player: A great day by LeSean McCoy will be lost in all the mistakes, but the back went for 128 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries – a career high. He has been the Eagles best offensive weapon.

Second worst coaching move: Not giving McCoy the ball on four tries from the Giants two yard line. (The worst move, covered exhaustively elsewhere, was the fourth-and-1 try that did go to Shady but failed).

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Most out-of-whack stat line: Owen Schmitt had five touches: four carries and one reception. That’s more than DeSean Jackson (two catches, one run), Jason Avant (four catches) and just as many as Jeremy Maclin (five catches).

Second most unusual thing we saw: Schmitt hurdled cornerback Corey Webster en route to a 13-yard pass reception.

Most unusual thing we saw: Jason Peters wound up with the ball – and a seven yard gain – after Mike Vick fumbled in the open field and the ball popped to his left tackle. Nice hands, but the Eagles should hope it’s the last they see of them.

Biggest moment of confusion: When the entire Eagles field goal team rushed onto the field as the first half wound down, Vick lined up behind long-snapper Jon Dorenbos as if he was ready for another play, until Brent Celek grabbed him and appeared to tell the quarterback to get off the field.

Best performance under strange circumstances: To his credit, rookie kicker Alex Henery still cooly booted a 38-yard field goal that was already rushed because the Eagles were out of time outs.

Worst 23-yard gain, ever: On the same pass completion that ended with Vick breaking his right hand, Maclin injured his hamstring. The Eagles gained 23 yards on a beautiful Vick throw over a defender, but here’s betting they’d rather have the incompletion and the two players healthy.

Most unhelpful answers of the day: Even for Andy Reid, Sunday’s press conference was terse. No sign of either Juan Castillo or Marty Mornhinweg in the locker room either.

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