It was Monday Night Football in Landover, Maryland with the entire country watching Donovan McNabb vs the Eagles, round 2 and what a game it was. Just before the game news broke that McNabb and the Redskins agreed to a five-year extension worth about $78 million with $40 million guaranteed. But afterword, all the talk was Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in a record-breaking performance beating Washington 59-28 to move into a first place tie with the Giants in the NFC East.
Offense- A+ :
It was a night of record breaking performances for this high powered Eagles offense. You just knew it was one of those nights that were going to go the Eagles way from the get go. Overall was a tremendous night as they were clicking on all cylinders. The Eagles jumped out of gate quick scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions to go up 35-0 in the first quarter! They were just dominate setting a franchise record with 280 total yards of offense in a single quarter. The Eagles ended the night with almost 600 yards of offense and scoring the second most points in franchise history. The Birds went on to punch it in the end zone five times out of five attempts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. And the man to blame for this success starts with quarterback Michael Vick.
Vick was doing it all on Monday night, with his arm and his legs, as he set a career high with over 400 total yards and six touchdowns with a QB rating of 150.7. He becomes the first player to have three passing and two rushing touchdowns in the first half. Vick was just unstoppable with his tremendous accuracy and efficiency with the football.
On the first play from scrimmage Vick hit WR Desean Jackson for an 88 yard TD pass over the middle. It was just an outstanding day for the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, spreading the ball around to all of his weapons and moving the chains as the Eagles held the ball for over 38 minutes. Vick’s play really elevated everyone else’s play around him.
The Eagles had seven different receivers with a reception and four with a touchdown. Jackson only caught two passes but made the most of them leading all receivers with 98 yards and a score. WR Jeremy Maclin, who has been having a breakout year, had four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. WR Jason Avant and RB Lesean Mccoy both caught a TD pass as well.
With the defense eyeing Vick, opportunities opened up in the run game. An Eagles team that averages about 113 rushing yards a game absolutely exploded on Monday night. The Birds racked up 260 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. The surprise night was by backup RB Jerome Harrison, who was acquired from Cleveland in a mid-season trade, broke free leading all rushers for 109 yds including 50 of those yards on his touchdown run. McCoy had a good day too, compiling 94 total yards and a touchdown.
All this success started up front with this offensive line that has really come together only allowing their QB to get taken down once. This unit has done a magnificent job to open holes and give time for Vick to zone the field and get rid of the football to his weapons. Right now this is one of the most dangerous offenses in the league and I can assure you that opposing team’s defenses don’t want to see down the road.
Defense- A- :
What a dominating performance overall by this Eagles defense. It was just an outstanding job by this unit and by defensive coordinator Sean McDermott coaching his players to make the right reads and plays to win this game.
The different blitz schemes were very effective getting pressure on McNabb and forcing him to make bad decisions with the football. The Eagles D forced three Mcnabb turnovers including two of them by upcoming star CB Dimitri Patterson, returning one of those interceptions for a touchdown. The Eagles set up 21 points off the three turnovers and were also able to get to McNabb, sacking him twice. The Eagles coverage was also able to contain one of Mcnabb’s favorite targets, TE Chris Cooley.
The Eagles have had troubles stopping the tight end this season but in this game did well. Cooley finished with only three catches for 23 yards. The Redskins leading receiver was WR Anthony Armstrong with three grabs for 83 yards. But what was big was the third down efficiency allowed by this unit.
The Redskins offense was just unable to establish drives and move the chains effectively. Washington went 0-10 on third down and only able to pick up 15 total first downs in the game while only controlling the ball for a little over 21 mins. The Redskins got a lot of use out of their punter Hunter Smith who had to punt six of the Redskins 13 drives in the game.
McNabb did show some life, recording 295 passing yards and two touchdowns but it just wasn’t enough to keep the Redskins in the game as the Eagles’ D was just too good. They also did a great job controlling a running game without RB Clinton Portis and RB Ryan Torrain only giving up 105 yards on 18 carries. RB Keiland Williams did have 89 yards and two scores but his play was meaningless late when the game was already out of reach.
Eagles gave up 375 total yards and 28 points to a mediocre offense. Philly’s D was dominate and did a tremendous job but still some things to fix as giving up that many points is unacceptable to one of the worst offensive teams in the league. This unit will have a big challenge next week against the Giants offense.
Special Teams- A:
Special teams did not play much of a factor Monday night. Kicker David Akers was only needed for one field goal attempt from 48 yards out and punter Sav Rocca only punted four times on 12 drives pinning all four inside the 20. The Eagles compiled over 100 yards in the return game between Jorrick Calvin and Desean Jackson. Great job by this unit and in coverage didn’t allow the big return.
An all around great game by the offense, defense and special teams. The Birds able to put up 59 points on the scoreboard and were just dominate on defense getting to the QB and making plays. If the Eagles continue to play at such high level, they are going to be dangerous against teams down the stretch and could be the best team in the NFC. We shall see come Sunday night at the Linc when the Eagles host the New York Giants in the battle for first place in the NFC East.
|TD||14:42||DeSean Jackson 88 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick)||7||0|
|TD||10:17||Michael Vick 7 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||14||0|
|TD||05:02||LeSean McCoy 11 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick)||21||0|
|TD||01:55||Jerome Harrison 50 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||28||0|
|TD||14:51||Jeremy Maclin 48 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick)||35||0|
|TD||14:15||Darrel Young 3 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano Kick)||35||7|
|TD||09:39||Keiland Williams 6 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano Kick)||35||14|
|TD||03:34||Michael Vick 6 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||42||14|
|FG||00:25||David Akers 48 Yd||45||14|
|TD||11:27||Keiland Williams 4 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)||45||21|
|TD||06:15||Jason Avant 3 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick)||52||21|
|TD||05:19||Dimitri Patterson 40 Yd Interception Return (David Akers Kick)||59||21|
|TD||11:16||Keiland Williams 32 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)||59||28|
|Passing 1st downs||14||10|
|Rushing 1st downs||14||4|
|1st downs from Penalties||0||1|
|3rd down efficiency||8-13||0-10|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||1-1|
|Yards per pass||11.9||8.7|
|Yards per rush||6.8||5.8|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||4-4||3-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
-Eagles: M.Vick- 20/28 333yds 4Tds 0int, 150.7QB Rating
-Redskins: D.Mcnabb-17/31 295yds 2Tds 3int, 69.4QB Rating
-Eagles: J.Harrison- 11carr. 109yds 1Td; M.Vick- 8carr. 80yds 2Tds;
Team Total- 38carr. 260yds 3Tds
-Redskins: K.Williams- 16carr. 89yds 2Tds
Team Total- 18carr. 105yds 2Tds
-Eagles: D.Jackson- 2rec. 98yds 1Td; J.Maclin- 4rec 79yds 1Td; Jason Avant- 5rec 76yds 1TD; L.Mccoy- 5rec 51yds 1Td
Team Total- 20rec. 333yds 4Tds
-Redskins: A.Armstrong- 3rec 83yds; F.Davis- 1rec 71yds; K.Williams- 4rec 50yds 1TD
Team Total: 17rec 295yds 2Tds
-Eagles: Interceptions- D.Patterson(2, 1TD), K.Coleman(1)
Sacks- J.Parker(1), T.Laws(1)
Sacks- B.Orakpo(.5), A.Carter(.5)