Donovan McNabb points and laughs at the Rams defense (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Eagles Blow Out Rams 38-3

What an awesome start to the 2008 season for the Birds. The Eagles did everything right in this game beat down. The Eagles scored on their opening drive, and never looked back.

McNabbulousDonovan McNabb was the star of the show, as he finished the night with 361 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 131. McNabb fired crisp passes, moved very well in the pocket, and ran the Eagles offense like a well oiled machine. Every time Donovan checked out of one play to another it worked. Donovan looked great, and is completely back from the knee injury. He was flat out awesome, and the rest of the NFL should be afraid.

No Curtis, No Problem – All the talk leading up to this game was about the Eagles wide receivers. Starters Kevin Curtis(sports hernia) and Reggie Brown(hamstring) were both unable to play, and the team had to rely on little used backups including a rookie. Many felt the offense would struggle because of this, but the team instead thrived.

Rookie DeSean Jackson was very impressive. He got the party started by hauling in a 47 yard grab on the opening drive. He finished the game with 6 catches for 106 yards(17.7 avg). DeSean also had some nice punt returns, including a very exciting 60 yarder.

Veteran Greg Lewis was also a factor with 5 catches for 104 yards. On a great play action pass play, McNabb slightly under-threw a wide open Lewis who slowed down to catch a 52 yard pass. If McNabb had put just a little more in that throw, it would have been an easy touchdown. GLew has been killed in Philadelphia, but he is a solid 4th or 5th WR.

Hank Baskett had the play of the game with only seconds left before halftime. After two straight Westbrook runs went for just 2 yards, it seemed like the Eagles were going to just run out the clock on the half. Instead they went play action, and McNabb fired a bomb to Hank Baskett. Baskett was able to catch the ball in stride past the safety, and then coast to the endzone for a 90 yard touchdown. It was a really impressive play, and the third catch of over 80 yards in Baskett’s career(Only current NFL player with more than 1).

Jason Avant chipped in with some crucial third down conversions. The biggest catch was a 31 yard third down conversion that lead to a touchdown.

Gang Green Defense – This defensive unit played outstanding against St. Louis. They shut down the run, shut down the pass, pressured the QB, tackled well, and sniffed out screens. The Rams punted on 10 of their 11 possessions, and the one field goal they scored was against backups. While the Rams may not be a very good team, it is still great to shut down Torry Holt, Marc Bulger, and Steven Jackson.

Stewart Bradley was a player who stood out to me. Bradley led the team in tackles with 8, tipped a pass on a blitz, got a sack, and seemed to lead the defense with authority. He has a great tackling technique, and once he got his hands on a player, they went down. Bradley could be a difference maker in the middle of this Eagles defense.

The Eagles secondary is very good and deep. When a QB sees Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, and Lito Sheppard at CB, which guy does he try to pick on? Samuel played excellent, and broke up 3 passes. He did drop two interceptions, but I am sure those will come in time. He makes such a great break on a ball when a pass comes his way.

Quintin Mikell had a bullshit pass interference penalty called on him, but was able to make up for it in a big way on the next play. Mikell came on a blitz, sacked Bulger, and was even able to force the fumble. I see a great season for Mikell the one player in the defensive backfield who is not highly touted nationally.

Sheldon Brown layed a big hit on Rams RB Steven Jackson over the middle. Jackson’s helmet flew off, and it was another highlight hit for Brown. I laughed when Jackson tried to bounce right up as if he was OK, but that hit had to hurt. Sheldon Brown in my opinion is probably the most physical CB in the entire NFL. If he is not number 1, he is right up their among the best.

 

Tags: DeSean Jackson Donovan McNabb Jason Avant Philadelphia Eagles St. Louis Rams

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    My fantasy football teams would like to thank Mister McNabb and Mister Westbrook.  Don’t get too excited though.  You humiliated a really bad team.  Win like that next week and *then* I’ll be more impressed.

  • Tom

    Dear Redskins Guy,

    Win a game and I’ll be more impressed.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    LOL TOM

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  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Of course, if you’re going to lob that kind of softball for me to hit, how can I resist? So I guess I’ll make the obvious retort:

    Dear Tom and Ian:
    Win a superbowl and I’ll be more impressed.

    Oh Snap!

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Guy – The Eagles have won 3 Championships.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    You also forgot to mention your Arena Bowl trophy.  That’s almost as significant as those three championships of yours.  NOBODY CARES!

    You have no superbowls. You can tell yourself that some ancient championship is just as good, but deep down you know it’s not.  You know nobody else is going to remember that you won those games.  Nobody outside of philly thinks of you as anything but a team that chokes over and over again. 

    It’s the Lombardi trophy that people remember and until you get one you’re always going to be known as the bastard stepchild of the NFC East who consistantly chokes in the playoffs.

    So you go on and pretend like it’s just as good. Give yourself whatever weak-ass rationalizations you need to get through your work week.  But deep down we both know I’m right.  And deep down we both know you’re desperate to have one, if only to get other NFC East fans like me to shut the hell up.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Deep down inside I know a Championship is a Championship. Sure it had a different name, but it is the same thing. The only thing you can say is that it happened a long time ago, but you can’t say it never happened.

    If the NFL Changed the title of the Super Bowl to the Mega Bowl, does that make the Redskins Super Bowl victories worthless? Of course it doesn’t. It happened, it goes down in history, and 100 years from now it will still be written in history that the Redskins last won a Championship in 1991.

    1991 is starting to get further and further away. Soon enough that will be 20 years old. The Eagles and Redskins both have dusty old trophies, but none of that matters. What matters in the NFL is right now, and right now the Redskins suck.

  • Tom Brady

    I’d be embarrassed to say, “but my team came in second place 3 times.” Get real little eaglets. Until you win the big one, shut up this silly runner-up talk.

  • Bernard Pollard

    Keep your mouth shut Brady or ill break ya other knee cap!