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Eagles 10, Raiders 16: Encouraging signs

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It's still very early, and we only saw the starters for a series or so... but you have to be encouraged by what you saw from the Eagles last night. If they play nearly as well as they did last night we should be in for very good things things this year.

Also, before we hit the game notes great job by the Eagles in extending Dawkins contract and likely making it so he'll finish his career as an Eagles. He's been one fo the great players and franchise history and has defined that defense for nearly the past decade.

Some Game thoughts:

  • Darren Howard absolutely dominated Robert Gallery(as did everyone the Eagles sent out against him). Howard was in the backfield stuffing the run or hitting the passer all three plays in the first 3 & out the Eagles forced to open the game. In the second series, he was just as active and when he moved inside for the pass rush he brought tremendous pressure that pushed Aaron Brooks right into Trent Cole's arms. The whole starting defensive line looked fantastic, but Howard clearly stood out.
  • How about that up the gut running? The Eagles took their opening drive down the field with ease to score the first touchdown of the game. The drive was clearly on the back of Brian Westbrook as Reid sent him right up the middle behind Jackson, Andrews, and Herremans, all of whom seemed to bully the Raiders defensive line around. Andy really seemed to send a message running the ball to start the game. Westbrook looked very crisp as well.
  • McNabb looked very good in his extremely limited time. He only played one series, but went 3 for 3 and made three accurate bullet passes to Baskett, Brown, and Westbrook.
  • Winston Justice stood out in the 2nd team offense absolutely pancaking his man on more than one occasion.
  • Did everyone see JR Reed running witht eh 2nd team defense? He actually seemed to play pretty well at safety.
  • Akers couldn't have hit that 55 yarder(a HOF game record) more perfectly. He looked in midseason form already
  • Matt McCoy played alot. He ran with the first team defense and was still in the game in the 3rd quarter. I'm not sure anyone else played that much. Other than one very stupid late hit that an NFL starter shouldn't be taking... He looked fairly good, especially against the run and seemed to have a very high motor.
  • There wasn't much to see in the 2nd half as both teams deep bench players didn't seem to do much.

1 Responses to “Eagles 10, Raiders 16: Encouraging signs”

  1. Anonymous LoboWally 

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Hank Baskett with the 1st team and working well with Donovan McNabb, but we didn't get much of a look at him, as he left in 1st qtr with the starters, and didn't play again. Is that indicative of how good he really is, or how bad the rest of the Eagles receiving corps is? Only time will tell.

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