The Eagles needed a win today and they got one. All the hullabaloo surrounding the debut of Michael Vick was pushed aside by Kevin Kolb, DeSean Jackson, Shady McCoy, Brent Celek and the return of the signature attacking defense that we have all come to love over the last ten years.
The offense wasted little time getting on the board versus the Chiefs. After a quick three and out, the next two drives both ended in rushing touchdowns: the first by Shady, the second by Kolb. On their third drive, Reid elected to go for it on fourth and one at the Kansas City 44-yard line. A botched rollout by Kolb resulted in a batted down pass. The Chiefs took over and drove 56 yards in six plays. Matt Cassel hit Mark Bradley for a 13-yard touchdown and the Eagles lead was cut to 14-7.
After that it was all Philly. Kevin Kolb tossed for 327 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24/34 passing. He missed some throws, but avoided turnovers. Brent Celek and DeSean combined to catch 14 balls for 153 yards and two touchdowns. The highlight play was a 64-yard slant taken to the house by Jackson in the second quarter.
Final score: Eagles 34, Chiefs 14.
Shady McCoy got off to a fast start and finished with 84 yards and a score. Most of his runs were of the three yards and a cloud of dust variety, due in large to poor blocking up front. However, the line was dominant in pass protection as they allowed no sacks. Kolb had a clean pocket most of the game and was given plenty of time to deliver the ball.
The defense redeemed themselves after last week’s debacle. They finished with three sacks and a forced fumble, and completely shut down the Chiefs running game early. Bunk and Patterson controlled the interior for the entire game. Cole, Howard and Parker provided a consistent pass rush throughout. Overall, it was an impressive performance against an inferior opponent.
The “Wildwhatever” was a non factor. Vick had one carry for seven yards and was 0/2 throwing the ball. The direct snaps to McCoy yielded the best results, but for the most part the scheme was shut down by the Chiefs defense. The Eagles base offense, minus the razzle dazzle, continues to move the ball and put up points. It won’t happen, but I’d prefer if Reid dumped all the gadgetry.
Isn’t it nice to see a pre-bye week win? The Birds now have two weeks to get healthy and work out the kinks with Vick. If you’re still a Kevin Kolb hater, I don’t know what to tell you. The guy threw for 718 yards, four touchdowns and three picks in two games. He made his share of bad reads, but I think he has a future in the NFL, even if it isn’t in Philly. In fact, according to Moving the Chains (on Twitter), he is the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to toss for 300+ in his first two career starts. Any questions?
I’m sure the local and national media will crank up the quarterback controversy chatter again. Wait a sec — they never stopped.