Philadelphia Eagles Don't Deserve This Victory

Philadelphia Eagles open season with rough outing against Cleveland Browns.

Too many turnovers. Too many penalties. Too many mistakes.

Too bad.

The Philadelphia Eagles shouldn't be losing football games to the Cleveland Browns. And they almost did. After losing the lead, the Birds rallied with a little over a minute to pull out a 17-16 victory.

A win is a win. But this should have been a blowout.

The Birds are supposed to be an elite Super Bowl contending team while the Brownies are supposed to be the doormat of the National Football League.

That's why they play the game.

And the game played by the Philadelphia Eagles against the Browns Sunday was one of frustration and disappointment.

While the Birds produced nearly 500 yards of offense, the O committed five turnovers, including four interceptions by a rusty Michael Vick.

Some of his throws were inexcusable. A fifth was dropped in the end zone, which would have sealed the game.

It looked like the same old Eagles.

You can't pin this one on defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and the defense. They held the Brownies to three field goals and made four interceptions, including two by corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and two by Kurt Coleman.

The defensive line looked like a force with lots of pressure. The return of defensive end Jason Babin certainly turned up the heat.

And middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans showed a lot more gusto than during the pre-season. The other linebackers and the safeties played well, too.

A late Coleman INT put the game in the win column for the Birds.

But Vick struggled.

He didn't have a pre-season. And it showed. But at least Vick made it through a football game without an injury. That says a lot.

Still, there were some highlights:

Vick sparkled on a long throw to Jeremy Maclin and tossed him a bullet in the end zone.

Maclin had a solid game. DeSean Jackson got around 75 receiving yards.

And Shady McCoy went over 100 years even though Coach Andy Reid forgot about the running game for a little while in the second half.

A win is a win.

Hopefully, Vick can shake off the rust. The Birds next play a tough Baltimore Ravens, a top playoff contender.

This game shouldn't have been this close. Vick isn't a rookie; he needs to play to a higher level.

The Birds got lucky. Luck isn't enough to save this season.

Eric Harding September 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
My hope is that the Birds pull it off this year so that all the nay-sayers can eat their words...
. September 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sorry Eric but you'll have to get rid of your Con-Vick jersey after this season because he will not be the Eagles QB in 2013. Even if he has a few good games, including this week, in the end the guy is not a winner. Name the last 5'10 duck and chuck QB that won the Super Bowl? Championships are won by accurate pocket passers: Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Arron Rodgers (he scrambles but looks to throw first). Not guys who sack themselves by running to the edges every time there is pressure.
Stephen Eickhoff September 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Hmmm... I didn't realize that Vick came from a run-and-shoot offense, nor that he lost two inches in height recently.
Eric Harding September 12, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Sorry Rich, don't own a Vick Jersey. I have retired 3 that I despise though; Samuels, Akers and Curtis. Also, where did you get your crystal ball?? I need to get one to see what the lottery numbers will be tonight! I really think that you have a personal vendetta against Vick...
Wolfhounds77 September 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Amen to that OMG


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