Eagles 14, Steelers 24: Michael Vick Throws 3 INTs In Loss

Michael Vick threw three picks as the Eagles struggled on both sides of the ball in their second preseason game

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Eagles Vs Steelers Preseason: Mike Kafka Provides Some Late Highlights

The Eagles first and second teams were more or less crushed by the Steelers tonight in Pittsburgh (read our first half report here), but Mike Kafka and the Eagles third/fourth stringers at least provided some positive highlights late.

Kafka was 14 of 19 for 160 yards and two TDs as he led the Eagles on two late scoring drives and did a nice job running the hurry up offense. Now, clearly it seemed like it was against a largely disinterested Steelers defense, but the fact is that their 3rd/4th string guys are playing for jobs as well and Kafka handled them well.

He did a nice job stepping in the pocket to avoid pressure, was accurate with his throws and found the open receiver on just about every play. Again, it was against scrubs playing prevent, but the kid can only play the team you put in front of him.

Rookie RB Dion Lewis also flashed some playmaking ability when he took a quick dumpoff pass 40 yards with some nifty moves, good open field vision and impressive speed. He also had a 14 yard run to his credit, however did fumble once… But in a game where there really wasn’t much to be happy about, Lewis’ performance did stand out in a positive way.

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Eagles Trail Steelers 21-0 After A Rough Half In Pittsburgh

In preseason week one, the Eagles got off to a hot start and looked very good against the Ravens. The Steelers got off to a miserable start and looked poor against the Redskins… What a difference a week makes. Both teams looked like polar opposites as the Steelers dominated both sides of the ball in a 21-0 first half rout.

On offense, Pittsburgh did the majority of their damage on the ground as they rushed for 93 yards. However the killing blows all cam through the air as Ben Roethlisberger threw two TDs and Byron Leftwich tossed another. The Eagles defense did record three sacks in the half, but that’s sort of typical of how the Steelers and Roethlisberger work. He gets beat up, they don’t have a great offensive line, but the guy makes plays. The Eagles just didn’t get stops when they needed to.

For the Eagles offense. it’s just been a terrible night for Michael Vick. He threw three picks in the half, with two being 100% his fault. The last one was a tipped ball downfield, but the firs two were just bad throws. It’s a total departure from what we saw from him last week and all through camp, although it’s not all that different from what we saw in the preseason last year. You’ll recall Vick turned the ball over five times in about 3 quarters of preseason play. He obviously bounced back during the season…

As I said at the top, teams do fluctuate back and forth in the preseason, but you certainly don’t want to see them fluctuating this far down… Eagles trail 21-0 after a seriously miserable first half.

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Eagles Vs Steelers Preseason: Starters To Play First Half

Eagles head coach Andy Reid closed training camp at Lehigh this week and is taking his squad the rest of the way across Pennsylvania for a preseason matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight

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