Playing for nothing but pride, the Eagles managed to avoid a losing season by beating the Buffalo Bills 17-9.
Surprisingly Kevin Kolb did not play at all, and Andy Reid made sure his guys played hard to the end. Many other young players showed some good things in this game.
Akeem Jordan had an excellent game, Joselio Hanson continued to impress, Brent Celek caught his first career touch down, Victor Abiamiri pressured the QB well, Stewart Bradley made a few plays, and Winston Justice did a nice job at right tackle.
Donovan McNabb looked very sharp for most of the game, and continues to show progress with his knee. He avoided a few “sure” sacks, and was able to make Buffalo pay. He had great touch on his throws, and actually did a good job of letting his receivers make a play for the ball. He did make one crucial mistake, when he should have thrown the ball away instead of forcing an off balance pass against the grain that was intercepted. Other than that he played very well, and looks to be doing very well health wise.
The offensive line as a unit played very poorly in pass protection. Many people say McNabb tends to hold the ball too long, but that was not the issue today. There were multiple break downs on the line, the interior in particular.
The defense had another excellent game, keeping Buffalo out of the end zone all game. They did not sack Trent Edwards, but they were able to get heavy pressure and force him to throw the ball away. They also forced an intentional grounding call.
The play of the game was made by Kevin Curtis. For the 2nd week in a row, Curtis recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touch down. I am starting to wonder if this is a designed play.
There are some areas that do need to improve, but it is encouraging that this team was able to finish strong with 3 straight victories. The Eagles would actually be a pretty scary opponent right now, had they made the playoffs. I am sure that a lot of teams are glad that they didn’t make it.
It is very frustrating that there were so many close losses this year, and they were all winnable. Nothing sticks out more than the opening day loss to the Packers, where two muffed punts cost the Birds the game. Who knows how far this team could have gone if they had made the post season.
Nothing can be done about it now except just hope for better days in the future. It’s time to get into off season mode, and fix what is wrong with the team.
Maybe next year. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!