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Four downs: Historical start for Kolb

Four quick thoughts on the Eagles' 34-14 win over the Chiefs:

Four downs: Historical start for Kolb

Four quick thoughts on the Eagles' 34-14 win over the Chiefs:

1. The Eagles said (per the Elias Sports Bureau) that Kevin Kolb is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300-plus yards in his first two career starts. That's pretty remarkable. Kolb's performance had a lot of similarities to last week's game. He has an obvious comfort level with Brent Celek, who caught eight balls for 104 yards. He found DeSean Jackson for another big play. And he missed a few throws, particularly on timing routes. But most importantly, he took care of the football, finishing without a turnover.

2. Speaking of Celek, he sure looks like an elite tight end after three games. The strength seems to be the major difference from a year ago. Celek is picking up a lot of yards after initial contact. He's sure-handed and has been finding the end zone consistently. I have to re-watch the game, but it seems like he's improved as a blocker as well.

3. How about the offensive line? Zero sacks for the Chiefs. Remember when this was the Eagles' biggest question mark going into the season? Injuries, a lack of continuity, etc. This unit has performed admirably through the first three weeks. Props go to Juan Castillo and company.

4. The defense got shredded a week ago against the Saints. I know the Chiefs are not the Saints, but you didn't see the same errors (missed tackles, giving WRs big cushions) that you saw a week ago from this unit. I still have my concerns about the 'D' long-term, but the Eagles face the Bucs, Raiders and Redskins after the bye -- three of the worst offenses in the NFL. In other words, they have some time before facing a real test.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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