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The Eagles cut punter Chas Henry and signed former All-Pro Mat McBriar on Tuesday.
The Arizona Cardinals prevailed Sunday in a battle of 2-0 teams, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-6. The Eagles struggled offensively, failing to score a touchdown and only recording three drives longer than 35 yards.
With the Cardinals moving to 3-0 for the first time since 1974 and Eagles head coach Andy Reid leaving the door open for a quarterback controversy, there was plenty of reaction from SB Nation's two blogs covering the teams, Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation and Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds.
First, on the topic of starting quarterback Michael Vick, Bleeding Green Nation said:
Does Reid saying "we'll evaluate things as we go" mean that Vick is on the hot seat? There is no doubt that Vick has not been playing great- his interceptions and fumbles are one of the main reasons the Eagles have lost one game and almost lost two more. Still, Vick has led the Eagles to come from behind wins- which makes it unlikely Reid is ready to pull the plug on Vick- or even considering it.
Bleeding Green Nation also broke down a number of things, both positive and negative that could be taken away from the loss:
What was there to like most about this game? For Eagles fans, it is probably that is is over.
The Eagles were a complete no-show in Arizona yesterday and put up zero fight in their 27-6 loss to the Cardinals. It was hard to watch, and unlike other weeks where a comeback seemed possible, it was hard to have any faith that would happen by halftime.
That was easily Kevin Kolb's best game as an Arizona Cardinal. The numbers aren't going to knock anyone's socks off (17-22, 222 yds, 2 TDs), but just from watching the game you could tell Kolb was feeling it. ... After going through an entire pre-season of neither Skelton nor Kolb grabbing the reigns, we may finally be witnessing the end of the controversy. My money is on Kolb getting the start against Miami next week.
The Philadelphia Eagles may be re-evaluating their quarterback situation after they lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 27-6, on Sunday, picking up their first loss of the season. When speaking to the media on Monday, Reid's comments about Vick's performance and a possible quarterback change were not exactly a resounding endorsement of the veteran.
"Right now we're with Michael," said Reid. "That's what we're doing. We'll evaluate it as we go."
The Eagles failed to score a touchdown against the Cardinals' defense and only had three drives longer than 35 yards. Vick was 17-of-37 against Arizona, throwing for 213 yards.
In three games this season, Vick has thrown twice as many interceptions (6) as touchdowns (3). Thus far in 2012, Vick is 69-of-125 passing for 905 yards.
If the Eagles do back a change under center, it could be rookie Nick Foles who takes over after he saw considerable action in the preseason when Vick was resting injuries.
However, Andy Reid's team did manage to avoid any serious injuries. The only known injury suffered was linebacker Akeem Jordan's strained hamstring. It's unsure at this point whether Jordan will be ready when Sunday's game against the New York Giants rolls around.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper, who broke his collarbone in training camp, is getting very close to returning and might make it back next weekend. Cooper would be a big boost to a receivers corp that has a few dinged players in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Much like the first two weeks, the Eagles turned the ball over 3 times, but unlike in those weeks the defense didn't force any turnovers of their own and didn't bail the offense out with big stops. Former Eagle Kevin Kolb had a big day with 2 TDs and 222 yards passing. Larry Fitzgerald was his primary target nabbing 9 passes for 114 yards and a TD.
The first culprit with turnovers today was not actually Michael Vick or the offense, rather it was rookie punt returner Damaris Johnson, who was stripped in the first quarter. 8 plays later the Cardinals were in the end zone.
The 2nd and 3rd turnovers were on Vick and the offense. Early in the 2nd quarter with the Eagles driving, Vick ran for a first down, but was stripped by Sam Acho on a play that originally had Vick down by contact. It was correctly overturned on review, but the Cardinals would fail to capitalize on the ensuing drive.
The next turnover was the dagger. Down 17-0 on the goal line with just 6 seconds left, Michael Vick was hit by a blind side blitzer, who forced a fumble that was picked up by James Sanders and returned 93 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles would never recover, adding just 2 FGs in the 3rd quarter.
The Eagles fall to 2-1 on the season and return home next week for massive game with the also 2-1 Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles have finally put some points on the board, but after three quarters, they don't have nearly enough. They still find themselves trailing on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, 24-6. Michael Vick continues to take punishment — he's been sacked five times already and lost two fumbles — and the Eagles can't break the goal line.
Alex Henery connected on field goals of 36 and 40 yards in the quarter as Desean Jackson and Damaris Johnson started to wreak havoc on the Cardinals' defense, but once the Eagles crossed the 50 yard line, everything stalled. Jackson has three catches for 43 yards and Johnson has four grabs for 68.
The Eagles defense hasn't been playing all that poorly — seven of the 24 Cardinals points came off a fumble return for a touchdown — but at this point, the Eagles offense, specifically Michael Vick, needs to do better. Vick is just 15-29 for 193 yards and no scores, and has rushed four times for 28 yards.
The Philadelphia Eagles were 2-0 and favorites on the road over the Cardinals — whose 2-0 record seemed fluky at best — entering Sunday's game, but after the first half, it's the Eagles' undefeated record that looks fluky. The Cardinals are trouncing the Eagles, 24-0, at halftime and putting a whooping on Michael Vick in the process.
Kevin Kolb is lighting up the team that jettisoned him two years ago, connecting on touchdown passes with Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald and playing largely mistake-free football. He's 13-18 for 177 yards and those two scores, with no turnovers. Fitzgerald has torn apart the Eagles' secondary, Nnamdi Asomugha in particular, for seven catches and 105 yards.
Vick has fumbled twice and been sacked thrice. His second fumbled he was slammed from behind when the ball was inside the Cardinals' 10-yard line, and the ball was promptly picked up by James Sanders and returned 93 yards for a touchdown. That came as time expired, the kick in the groin Eagles fans didn't need after an abysmal first half. The Eagles have the firepower to come back, but they need to start fast.
The Cardinals opened the scoring with a 47-yard field goal by Jay Feely that capped their first drive of the game.
After forcing a second punt from the Eagles, Arizona scored the game's first touchdown on a pass from Kevin Kolb to rookie Michael Floyd. The eight-yard touchdown pass and ensuing extra point by Feely, put the Cardinals ahead, 10-0.
Arizona's defense dominated the first quarter. The Eagles only ran 11 plays in the first quarter, gaining 61 yards. Arizona's offense had scoring drives of 36 and 38 yards in the first quarter as the hosts took the early lead.
The Eagles and Cardinals have released their inactives for today's matchup and there's a surprise for Arizona. S Adrian Wilson has been scratched along with TE Todd Heap. Less surprisingly for the Cards is QB John Skelton inactive.
For the Eagles, its pretty much as expected with starters Jeremy Maclin & King Dunlap out. Both players were ruled out earlier this week. Riley Cooper, Dion Lewis, Vinny Curry, Nate Menkins and Trent Edwards are also inactive today for the Eagles.
As Eliot Shorr-Parks points out on Bleeding Green Nation, scratching a seemingly healthy Dion Lewis probably doesn't bode well for his future.
For Dion Lewis, it is the 3rd game in a row he has been inactive. Lewis is fighting an injury, but with Eagles coaches no longer committing to him as the back up running back, you have to wonder if keeping him inactive has more to do with the coaches just liking Bryce Brown and Chris Polk better.
The 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Glendale, Ariz. to take on the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in an unexpectedly important Week 3 matchup at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.
Philadelphia is coming off of two straight weeks that saw the team overcome numerous turnovers and fourth-quarter deficits to earn victories. Last week, the Eagles took a late lead over the Baltimore Ravens, earning the 24-23 victory with 1:55 left to play on a Michael Vick plunge into the endzone. One week prior to that, the Eagles nearly fell to the Browns in Cleveland on four costly interceptions by Vick, but won 17-16 on a touchdown throw to Clay Harbor with 1:18 left to play.
Arizona has gone to 2-0 with their fair share of drama, as well. In Week 1, the Cardinals won a close contest with the Seattle Seahawks, 20-16. Last weekend, Arizona defeated the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium, 20-18, after a late missed field goal by New England's Stephen Gostkowski.
Offensively, Philadelphia has a significant edge over Arizona, with the Eagles gaining 222 more yards per game than the Cardinals over the past two weeks. Turnovers have been the primary issue for Philly, with Vick throwing six interceptions since the start of the season. If Arizona can keep that trend going, they will have a chance of bettering Philadelphia. If Philly can keep Vick's passes under control though, they will be a very difficult team to beat.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 23; 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
TV Schedule: FOX or on DirecTV 713
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Radio Schedule: SiriusXM 137
The Eagles travel to Arizona to take on the surprising 2-0 Cardinals Sunday
The Eagles have ruled out Jeremy Maclin for Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a hip pointer. So what does this mean for your fantasy team?
Unfortunately, not a lot. We saw last night that the 5 people smart enough to pick up Ramses Barden were rewarded handsomely, but it doesn't seem likely that the Eagles will have a similar backup step in for Maclin.
The Eagles #3 WR is Jason Avant, but for the most part, he's strictly a slot guy. So I would not expect his role to change very much. He could get some more targets, but not the extent you'd really start him in any normal league.
The guy that is most likely to directly benefit from Maclin's absence is rookie Damaris Johnson, who will start on the outside in his place. However, Andy Reid said today that he plans to "mix and match" his WRs in Maclin's absence. That means Johnson will see snaps, but Avant may see some in 2 WR sets as well. Mardy Gilyard, who the Eagles picked up last week and had played well for them in preseason, may get a few looks as well.
The guy most likely to see increased targets in the absence of Maclin is probably TE Brent Celek. After his monster game last week, you're probably starting him already. It may be interesting to see whether the Eagles run more 2 TE sets to get backup TE Clay Harbor more involved in the passing game. He had a strong preseason and caught the game winning TD in week 1.
This injury may also alter your view of DeSean Jackson. Maclin's absence all but guarantees that Patrick Peterson will shadow DeSean Jackson for the entire game Sunday. So his opportunities could be limited.
The news is somewhat of a surprise given that Maclin had returned to practice yesterday. He left the game Sunday after aggravating a hip pointer that he suffered in week one.
This leaves the Eagles with 4 healthy WRs, with Riley Cooper still on the shelf. Given that the Eagles went into week 1 with only 4 active WRs, I don’t think we should expect a roster move. In all likelihood, we’ll see Damaris Johnson slot in for Maclin and Jason Avant will keep his place in the slot. Mardy Gilyard, who stood out for the Eagles in preseason and was just brought back last week, will obviously be active Sunday and hopefully gets a chance to play.
The other injury news is less surprising. King Dunlap has been ruled out meaning that Demetress Bell will get the start at LT. Bell was brought in to be the starter after the Jason Peters injury, but lost his job to Dunlap in camp. Dunlap hasn’t really impressed in the first two games and Bell did a solid job in limited time last week, so there’s a chance we don’t see much of a dropoff, if at all. For Bell, it may even be a chance to hit reset on his season and possibly claim the job for the rest of the year.
Michael Vick has the Eagles off to a hot start. The team is 2-0, both comeback wins led by him. He's thrown for 688 yards. The downside is that he's also thrown 6 interceptions. How do we evaluate his overall play so far?
The Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals are two of the six teams yet to drop a game, leaving pickers undecided about which will remain undefeated after Sunday's matchup between the two.
Good news for Eagles fans and Jeremy Maclin fantasy owners as the WR returned to practice today in a limited fashion.
The Philadelphia Eagles are sitting pretty heading into Week 3 with a 2-0 record. However, Andy Reid's club hasn't been able to escape the injury bug, with a litany of players on the injury report going into their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
At practice on Wednesday, a number of players were limited, including wide receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (collarbone). It will be interesting to watch their development throughout the week with Jeremy Maclin already sitting out of any activities with a hip issue.
The Eagles placed starting center Jason Kelce on IR today and signed C Steve Vallos to fill his roster spot. However, Vallos won’t take his place in the lineup. That responsibility falls to Dallas Reynolds.
Reynolds, who most Eagles fans have likely never heard of, has actually hung on with the team for the last 3 seasons as a member of the practice squad. He came to the Eagles as undrafted free agent and originally worked at offensive tackle, but saw time at guard as well. Sunday was the first time he’d ever played guard in a game.
Andy Reid said that they kept Reynolds around for so long because he kept making progress and they believed in him.
“He got stronger, and that is what he needed to do, and he lived in that weight room and got himself where he needed to compete at this level,” Reid said. “He was able to pick up the offense well.”
It probably didn’t hurt that he played o-line for BYU, just like Reid himself.
And Reynolds actually acquitted himself quite well in his first action. Philly mag’s Sheil Kapadia examined the tape and didn’t see any glaring problems after Dallas was subbed in.
Not sure if I tempered my expectations for Reynolds or if he really played well, but I was impressed with the way he came in and performed. I didn’t notice any missed blocks that resulted in a sack or a hit on Vick. On the 13-yard third-down completion to Johnson, he started out with Watkins, double-teaming Ngata, recognized a delayed blitzer and switched to help Mathis. Really nice job for someone seeing his first NFL action.
And it has to be seen as a minor miracle that there wasn’t a single botched snap, which seems to happen like clockwork whenever a backup center comes into a game.
Reynolds says he’s just happy to finally get his shot.
“I was looking forward to this moment for a long time,” Reynolds said. “After a few years on the practice squad, to be active and have a chance to play and start, I am excited for the opportunity.”
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