Observations: Eagles 24, Cardinals 21

Eagles WR Riley Cooper in endzone against ChargersHere’s what we saw during today’s Eagles-Cardinals game.

OFFENSE

* The Eagles’ offense was up-and-down against a good Cardinals defense, but finished with a whimper. Nick Foles was 21-for-34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He took plenty of hits and went 6-for-14 for 62 yards in the second half. After a scoring drive to start the third quarter, the Eagles punted on their next five possessions.


* In the first, the Eagles got off to a good start as the offense 25 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. The tight ends were a big part of the gameplan. All four of Foles' passes on the possession went to TEs. He connected with Brent Celek over the middle for a 16-yard gain on third down. Foles then faked a toss to LeSean McCoy and found Zach Ertz for a 6-yard score.

* In the second, the Eagles drove 64 yards to set up a 32-yard Alex Henery field goal, but the offense stalled in the red zone. Brad Smith came in for a play at quarterback (Foles lined up out wide) and fumbled the snap. Foles was then sacked on third down.

* The Eagles closed the first half with a touchdown. Riley Cooper drew a pass interference penalty to give the Eagles the ball at the 1. Foles then found Celek for a 1-yard TD with 15 seconds left.

* In the third, Foles connected with Ertz on a pretty 24-yard completion for his third touchdown pass of the day and 19th on the season.

* The second half was ugly. On one possession, the Eagles ran a toss to LeSean McCoy on 3rd-and-10. Later, a Jason Avant penalty negated a 19-yard McCoy run. And with the Eagles looking to close the game out, Foles threw what was initially ruled an interception by Patrick Peterson. But the officials whistled Tyrann Mathiefor a questionable holding call.

* Cooper had a great one-handed grab on a high throw from Foles in the first half. He spun out of a tackle and picked up 24 yards. Cooper had three grabs for 48 yards. Ertz made a nice grab on a high throw for 22 yards in the first half. He had five grabs for 68 yards and a pair of scores.

* DeSean Jackson had two catches for 39 yards. He also broke up a potential interception in the end zone on the Eagles' final drive of the first half. McCoy had 79 yards on 19 carries. He also came up with five catches for 36 yards.

* Foles was sacked five times and hit seven more. He also ran the ball six times for 26 yards.

* The Eagles remain in a first-place tie with the Cowboys at 7-5 and have won four in a row for the first time all season.

DEFENSE

* The Eagles' defense gave up some big plays, but got the job done in the end. The Cardinals faced a 4th-and-5 with under two minutes left. Carson Palmer looked for Michael Floyd, but Bradley Fletcher broke up the pass to give the Eagles' offense the ball.

* The biggest bright spot defensively was the pass-rush. Trent Cole beat left tackle Bradley Sowell cleanly, sacking Palmer and forcing a fumble that set up the team's first score. Cole has four sacks in the last two games.

* On the Cardinals' second offensive possession, it looked like Palmer had Floyd open, but he underthrew him, and Nate Allen made a nice play on the ball for an interception.

* The major blemish in the first half was a 43-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals had a 3rd-and-20, but Brandon Boykin and Patrick Chung ran into each other as Fitzgerald came down with the ball. Billy Davis sent a blitz that didn't get home on the play.

* In the second half, Boykin got picked on a play that allowed Floyd to break free for a 23-yard touchdown. Allen and Fletcher couldn't make a play on the ball on a separate occasion where Floyd came down with a 34-yard grab.

* DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks were both active. Ryans had nine tackles, a sack, two tackles-for-loss, a QB hit and a pass break-up. Kendricks had eight tackles. He also broke up a third-down pass down the sideline in the fourth quarter.

* Bradley Fletcher got called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty in the first for his suplex on a Cardinals wide receiver.

* The Eagles got a couple breaks in the first half. Tight end Rob Housler dropped a third-down grab in the first. And in the second, Floyd couldn't come down with third-down pass from Palmer that would have extended Arizona's drive. The ball was high, but he had a shot at it.

* The Eagles finished with five sacks. Cole and Brandon Graham had two apiece; Ryans added the fifth.

* Overall, Palmer was 24-for-41 for 302 yards, three TDs, two INTs and a fumble. Rashard Mendenhall had 76 yards on 18 carries. The Cardinals often lined up in jumbo packages and ran Mendenhall up the middle. Fitzgerald had five catches for 72 yards. Floyd had five grabs for 99 yards.

* The Eagles have held their opponents to 21 points or less in eight straight games.

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  • GEAGLE

    FLY EAGLES FLY!!

    It won’t always be pretty for 60min, but it’s so damn important for a young team to learn how to claw and scratch no mAtter what adversity.

    How you loving YOUR eagles defense? is MR. DECEMBER Cary Williams growing on you yet?

    HOw you loving your NASTY front 7? This defense was NOT going to lose today no matter what happened..

    The Rainmaker continues to grow. I guess this top defense fell down too? Lol
    ..
    Things stalled late, but if it weren’t for dumb ish like the Avant block, he was making enough plays…the kid is a stud!!
    ..
    We getting major production out of our draft picks…get em Howie

    Billy THE BOSS Davis!!! Cool ass Billy Dee!!
    ..
    And for those wondering about Barwin! he was stuck putting in work in coverage all day

    • Always Hopeful

      This game never felt in hand to me, even when we were up 24-7. Yet, I’ll take a cardiac win over a depressing loss any day. Wow…got Detroit next week…mercy.

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Just hope for Stafford picks. Can’t keep giving up short fields and not have us capitalize.

        • Mike Calabrese

          You love to give credit to everyone but Offense and Foles. Go ahead and deny it. Everyone points it out yet were all wrong. LOL.

          The offense is playing much better than early in year. All WR being used not just Jackson and it’s nice to see a QB get up without constantly looking like he might be hurt. No turnovers and Td passes galore equal wins.

          Just so you know if Foles throws 2 more td passes then he matches Vick’s career high in TD passes for a season. Foles done it in like 6 games. Foles also has 2 rushing td’s. I think at this point you get the point.

          • #7

            Foles was looking wobbly out there after a few hits. What game were you watching

          • Adam

            The 3 TD passes looked solid though

          • #7

            Sure they did

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Um I said Foles played a great first half.

            So what are you talking about? Did you watch the game. The second half was horrendous for everyone. We got the first score off of a Palmer turnover. And who do think will be capitalizing off the short fields?

            Get over yourself.

        • Always Hopeful

          I try to temper my enthusiasm with the reality that Chip needs a few more ideal type pieces on both sides of the ball.

          Next week is another tough match up: explosive offense and disruptive front 7.

          I’m just glad to see the Eagles improve from the beginning of the season.

          I love winning, but I know that both the offense and defense have some players that have maxed out. Yet, I’ma root like hell every week for a win :-)

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            If Stafford continues with the multi-pick games than I think we win that one *relatively* easily. If it turns into a shootout, I’m not sure ’cause Detroits Dline can bring the pain. And we see how disruptive that can be for this offense.

          • Always Hopeful

            I was surprised how well the Cardinals ran the ball on us. I still don’t fully trust our secondary, yet if we can keep getting pressure on the QB we should be ok.

            Offensively, this most likely will NOT happen, but Chip has to find a more conventional way to run the ball. If I see Bryce Brown run one more of those sweep plays out of the shotgun formation I’m going to be sick (rather “sicker”).

            I don’t like to nit-pick after a win, but it’s hard not to notice where there can be improvement.

        • Adam

          It’s nice to finally hope for the opposing QB to throw picks rather than just hoping your own QB doesn’t throw them.

      • GEAGLE

        I was never once worried except for on the cardinals 4th down play
        ..
        To me it felt like the defense wouldn’t let us lose..call me crazy.

        I don’t care about our past failures anymore with this NEW TEAM!! We we were in control for 60min

    • Richard Colton

      Defense is playing 100% better than September, but its not there yet. Cole/Graham got 4 sacks against a tomato can.

  • dislikedisqus

    First time we beat a team wuth a winning record. Wasn’t perfect but it shows how far this team has come.

    • mtn_green

      Thought GB had a winning record when we beat em.

      • BlindChow

        They were 5-3. But that doesn’t count because Rodgers was out I guess?

        • GEAGLE

          Vick was out tho… Lol

          • #7

            You are now the first to bring up Vick. Let the games begin

          • GEAGLE

            FOles SHUT THE GAME DOWN fool…go play with yourself!

          • #7

            Nah I’ll just drink this beer.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Actually he didn’t. Very good first half. Horrendous second. Defense bailed us out. We won a close game…but let’s keep it real. I like our chances going forward, but we still need Dallas to eat it.

          • Adam

            Foles found a way to get it done against a great defense. It’s too bad we didn’t have him in the Kansas City game.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Uh oh here they come. LOL

            Hey no turnovers in KC probably would have been enough.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            In the first half….

          • #7

            LOL yeah ok.

          • Adam

            Was what wrong about what I said? Arizona is a top defense, ahead of KC in some statistical categories, and close in others. Did we win this game? Did we not lose that game? Please help me out here.

          • #7

            We can read Adam lol. Enjoy

          • Adam

            It brings me more joy than you’ll ever know

          • Token

            These two will never leave apparently. Better to just ignore them. Its kinda sad really.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            RIght. We are the problem. Not the idiots who keep living in the past.

          • Token

            The only thing you both do is take veiled shots at the QB.

            Maybe you think people dont get what you mean? We do. Its gotten pretty old.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            There are no veiled shots at the QB. I was pretty clear on what I said. Good first half. Horrible second. Or were you watching a diff game?

            You and your idiot brethren see problems where there are none.

          • Adam

            It’s hilarious when you call them out on it. They’re like bad CB’s trying to pretend they weren’t holding after they drag a guy down, hands up in there like they didn’t do anything.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            What’s hilarious is your thinking you’re calling anyone out on anything. Reading comprehension is obviously not fundamental for you.

          • #7

            LMAO you have me rolling in here…right in your stupidity. Everybody is supporting the team man. What are you smoking send me some. That must be some good ish

          • GEAGLE

            I was right in the past, and I’m right today…does it really matter where I live? Lol

          • #7

            Maybe because we’re fans Token.

            2+2= 4

            3+3…

            Nevermind. You’re just filled with hate

          • #7

            You say “ignore” them, but you can never do it. I HOPE you do it

          • #7

            You wish

          • Mike Calabrese

            Vick is not to be mentioned or #7 takes it personal. He simply thinks Vick name is not to be mentioned.

          • Johnny Domino

            The love that dare not speak it’s name?

          • #7

            What is the point Mike? I don’t even bring him up and I’m a supposed “worshiper”. You looking like a real clown right now straight up

          • GEAGLE

            Shoo fly don’t bother me

          • #7

            ??

          • BlindChow

            So how come you responded? It’s not like he said YOUR name.

          • #7

            Because I’m the one always blamed for bringing him up. Obviously we can all see that it’s not true.

          • Mike Calabrese

            I look like a clown huh?
            Thanks man. That really means nothing coming from you.

          • #7

            C.L.O.W.N.

            Clown. That’s what you look like. No one talking about Vick but you, yet you’re one of the ones that attack people when they bring him up. Foles has earned the job. Why can’t you be happy about that? You look and sound stupid 1000%

          • Mike Calabrese

            LOL

          • #7

            You got that ass shut down.

        • dislikedisqus

          Yeah, I didn’t treat GB as the same team without Aaron Rodgers

          • BlindChow

            The Packers are like the Colts in 2011. Good thing Rodgers wasn’t out for the whole year, or McCarthy might be out of a job. But you have to assume this is the year Capers “retires.”

  • G_WallyHunter

    Time to win out.
    4th quarter was scary there, EAGS PERSEVERE FTW
    FLY EAGLES FLY

  • Adam

    Last time I checked an ugly win was still a win. Eagles got some lucky breaks but they also left a lot of stuff on the table.

    Chip still needs to learn how to close out a game.

    How bout that pass rush showing up today?

    O-line started well but tapered off at the end of the game. Foles made some plays but made quite a few questionable decisions.

    Avant needs to be taken off the field. He apparently lost his sure hands. If Cooper still keeps playing well and Maclin gets resigned, we need to upgrade the slot position.

    7-5 and still tied for first in division after a win against a really good Cardinals team. December football is fun again!

    • G_WallyHunter

      Avant should get some credit for his diving 3rd&10 conversion, he’s usually due for at least one of those catches a game. Other than that, agreed on him, that penalty that took away McCoy’s 25 yd run was terrible.

      • JofreyRice

        he stopped being able to work his hands and his feet simultaneously, that’s why he always falls down when he makes a catch. Can only get one set going at a time.

        • G_WallyHunter

          his leadership, hope he’s still around next year, although it seems there might not be room. Vet minimum lol, what a slap in the face

    • BlindChow

      No, an ugly win only counts half at the end of the year.

      • Richard Colton

        but conference wins count for 1.25

  • Andy124

    Plenty of room for improvement, but I’ll take the end result.

  • Tautalatasi Jr.

    LOLOL

  • Justin

    I was pleased to see Coleman still finds ways to shaft us. I was worried we’d seen the last of it.

  • mtn_green

    Huge win. Good to great in all phases. Fly eagles fly.

  • GEAGLE

    RUN the TABLE!!!!

    This was THE BEST defense we will face the rest of the year. lions are a very similar team

  • GEAGLE

    FOles is a stud..sitting at the podium giving Donnie jones credit. He literally gave credit of everyone like he just won an oscar, yet when he talks about himself he always talks about the bad stuff and what he has to work onl.
    ..
    I adore this kid

  • GEAGLE

    It’s not brain surgery…they started to win the LOS in the 3rd quarter, thus FOles numbers will drop…that was a nice test to get ready for detroit

  • #7

    To all of the people that said Cole was done, open your eyes. The man is playing well. Love the defense. They fit right in to what the NFL is now; bend but don’t break. Sure tackling D by the DBs for sure.

    Great win for the Eagles, but young Foles is taking some big time hits out there. Sometimes I wonder if a QB can be protected in this offense due to the hits they take and just the running the football wear and tear. TOP is a concern. Cards D locked us down in the 2nd half. TOP is an issue in the 2nd half

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Cards D is a beast. And to be honest, I’m beginning to think we wear ourselves down with the up tempo come the second half. Too often they just start playing really sloppy ball. I’ll take the ugly win, but this could have easily gone the other way.

      • GEAGLE

        I actually starting to think slowing down the tempo in the third throws us off…we don’t practice that way

      • Token

        Hard for a team that does everything uptempo to just slow up. The offense works much better when defenses dont have much time to setup and think.

        • #7

          Token I know you don’t care for me too much, but you make some really good points. Couldn’t agree more. NFL teams are creature of habit. Hard for the HC and the TEAM to just switch modes like that when you practice one way everyday

          • #7

            LOL Token I see you’re scared to acknowledge a compliment towards you.

            I’m not the enemy man lol

      • Max Lightfoot

        True, ’twas a bit ugly – but they pulled this one out against an awesome defense. I’ll take that.

    • BlindChow

      Palmer took a lot of hits this game, too. I’m wondering if a QB can be protected in that Cardinals offense…

      • #7

        That LINE is their problem. Known weakness for them

        • Adam

          Foles sacks weren’t on our line?

          • #7

            A few yes. Others he held the ball too long, but IMO that happens to all QBs. NFL is a tough league.

  • GEAGLE

    Foles has thrown 2 INTs in his last 418 attempts!!! Go find THAT in the draft! Lol

    • Esther

      Foles tried to choke this game up, but the gods said no. The guy is nothing special.

      • theycallmerob

        boooooooooooo

        • Andy124

          She’s a troll from philly.com. Went by auntesther over there.

          • theycallmerob

            figured it was just a 2nd account ol’ 7 created, on account of the vick love

          • Andy124

            You know they’re getting desperate when they’re forced to pick a game where the guy has a 112 qb rating and we beat a playoff contender as evidence that Foles isn’t the guy.

          • theycallmerob

            Crazy, the parallel to Flacco…wins but isn’t flashy. Some folks just prefer madden-ball to winning.
            Oh, one more for the group. ..thinking I’ll just cut and paste this as a reply to those idiots’ every message:

            Making just his 12th career start, Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick’s mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning’s record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.

          • nicksaenz1

            Hate the Flacco comparison. Flacco is Jeff George 2.0 IMO.

          • theycallmerob

            only meant it in terms of fan reaction. I’m not putting him on a pedestal. but he still holds win records for playoffs and whatnot, and has a ring. Harbaugh? the defense? sure…but someone has to marshall the team. has a shit OL this year and no run game, weaker D, yet somehow this is the evidence everyone’s been waiting for.
            It’s like if Foles puts out a line against DET, another tough D, that’s akin to…..17-36–185-1-1, he’ll be crucified.
            For some, the W’s simply don’t matter

          • nicksaenz1

            That makes more sense, and I agree with your point…… From a playing sense, I’ve never thought too highly of Flacco. Know he had that great run last year but that was his ceiling and something I don’t think he can ever maintain with any sort of consistency. Certainly no Boldin and Pitta hurts, but he’s a one trick pony and he doesn’t do that one trick with any consistency, either. That’s the deep ball. Throws it far, doesn’t connect often enough. Jeff George.

          • Eagles4Life

            Madden-ball with Foles is actually better than you’d think. Accuracy in the game is crazy and DE/OLBs almost always crash on zone reads. Foles picks up 1st downs with ease, and sometimes a lot more.

          • #7

            WRONG

  • Jason

    Foles wasn’t sharp today, lots of high passes. But like a great starting pitcher he found a way to win. You aren’t always going to be on and things aren’t always going to come easy. So it was great to see him fight his way through this game.

    • Adam

      He left a lot on the table. At 21/34 237yds and 3 TD’s the stat line looks solid at least. They had a great pass rush. Did what he had to do and got some breaks along the way.

      • Jason

        Agreed, that is the best defense he will see the rest of the regular season.

        • GEAGLE

          This was great preparation for the Lions…a lot of similarities between them and arizona

          • nicksaenz1

            Aside from DET having a crappy secondary.

      • #7

        The Lions D-Line is destroying the QB this year

    • GEAGLE

      112 QB rating…QB rating over 100 in 7 of 8 games without having 16 games of experience under his belt…geez you people act like y’all been spoiled by watching Brady win us superbowls the past ten years…
      ….
      This was a solid performance against a legit team and top defense..His record is out of this world
      ..
      4 in a row, two in a row at home…FOles has lost one time this year…all he does is win? lol Wilson does less with more around him yet he gets worshipped?
      ..
      Foles just continues out play luck,Rg3, kAp lol

      24 is the magic number..we have to score ATleast that and never allow a team to score 24…we did that against a top defense and offense who played well lately…I’ll take that win all day!!

      • Token

        Yea its weird the reaction Foles gets. Many of us have waited years for this kind of QB production. I get he wasnt GREAT today, had a bad 4th. But still 3 TDs. No INTS, even if we got lucky there lol.

        • GEAGLE

          Lol he out played Brady almost every week that he played this year… If we drafted him in the top 10 he would be the biggest story of the NFL…fools. They let us draft cox, Kendricks, curry and then FOles hahahahah while Washington can’t build a team because they had to aquire RG3

          • Richard Colton

            and will probably hand St. Louis a top 5 pick. haha.

          • theycallmerob

            did some research just because it’s that kind of night. assuming they lose:
            3 wins. tied with TAM, ATL, JAX (MIN has that tie). All 1 W ahead of 2-10 HOU.
            JAX still plays HOU and BUF. Someone has to win those. WAS will play ATL, should be an L. TAM may also lose out, have game against BUF before SF/STL/NO.
            Even if they beat DAL (hope they do), should almost certainly be top 5. I’m wagering top 3. Unfortunately, I also think they’ll take Barr with that pick.

        • Mike Calabrese

          There are only really few that doubt him heavily and they just happen to have loud voices (figure of speech).

          • Token

            Its not that I think hes the next Tom Brady. I just think its getting pretty clear they shouldnt be drafting a QB next year.

          • GEAGLE

            Obvious if you ask me

          • Mike Calabrese

            There is no question with where we draft you give the keys to franchise for atg least next year to him. Barring a monster deal or surprise QB falling to us.

          • Token

            Theres not a QB in this draft that I can say is gonna be better than Foles for sure. Manziels stock drops by the week. Mariota too.

          • #7

            Told you. You was all on Mariota’s nuts just a month ago. I would rather have Foles than any of those QBs coming out and I’ve said as much

          • Token

            Maybe Vick can come back next year!

          • #7

            Makes me no difference

        • Adam

          It’s just the no flare way he does things. Nothing is mind blowing. He just gets the job done, very few highlight reel plays. I’ll trade the ohs and ahs for TD’s and no picks any day.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Exact opposite of the other guy. Who has huge flashy plays but tends to make mistakes and be stagnant many times throughout a game. Just opposite of what some posters prefer. I prefer wins not flash.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            “… be stagnant many times throughout a game.”

            Did you watch this game? How about the Redskins game? What you should be grateful for is a D that went from giving up 31 pts a game to 21 – THAT’S the biggest difference

          • Mike Calabrese

            Your right our new QB is on pacxe to break NFL record for most TD passes to 0 INT’s and has 2 more TD passes to have 21td’s which is our previous QB’s CAREER high. Difference is the efficiency of offense which helps defense rest and play with a lead.
            The defense is no doubt been excellent, but our offense with Foles deserves most credit. You can say what you want but 19TD’s (2other TDs rushing) in what 5 starts with no INT’s is very good. Schedule was weaker, but this week faced a defense that made many QB’s look bad including Luck. They came in on 5 game winning streak. You can give all credit to defense and they deserve a lot, but the big difference is the QB play.
            Dion Sanders and Michael Irvin said Foles should be in MVP talk and said he won’t win it bc Manning and others but in discussion. They are paid analyst so i think they should have some credibility right? They know Foles is main reason and defense is close second, but NFL record’s should speak for themselves.

          • Richard Colton

            my favorite pass of the day was the one he dropped right over Peterson into Djax’s hands in stride 20 yards downfield. Say what you want about Foles – that’s an NFL throw. 250 3TDs 0INTs. What more do you want?

          • BlindChow

            I think it’s his out-of-nowhere appearance. He was an unheralded 3rd-round pick who didn’t light it up when he played last year. Andrew Luck has more bad games than Foles, but since Luck was anointed “The Chosen One” before taking his first snap, he’ll always get a pass for those performances and extra praise when he does well.

          • Richard Colton

            Indy’s march to the SB hit a snag, didn’t it? 1st round pick for Trent Richardson averaging what? 5 feet per carry?

          • OldDocRoss

            *One foot per 5 carries.

          • #7

            damn lol. Colts got fleeced

          • #7

            Lol you guys are drinking that kool-aid by the gulp. Drink up. I hope it ends up well and Foles can be a franchise QB, but I’ll slide my cup to the side for now

          • Adam

            Maybe you should try it, helps with the saltiness.

          • #7

            So what I don’t think Foles is in the HOF yet. Why is that a problem? I’m not saying any negative comments at him at all. Ya’ll straight cry babies in here

          • Adam

            You make this too easy #7

          • OldDocRoss

            “So what I don’t think Foles is in the HOF yet. Why is that a problem?”

            Because, like, he totally he is. There’s photos and everything.

            You’re doing stupid deliberately, right?

          • #7

            zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            Who is “OldDocRoss” lol. Get out of here rookie

        • Jason

          I think that was my original point wasn’t it?

      • Jason

        You people?? So you would say he was perfect? I was merely pointing out that it was great to see a kid that young perserve through a tough outing.
        Disagree with you on Wilson. I don’t think Seattle has better weapons then Philly. I take almost every guy on Philly’s offense over Seattle.

        • GEAGLE

          I don’t expect perfection…if you have realistic expectations about a kid playing in hiss 12 game with a team that’s just now starting to Gel, then this is nothing it an excellent performance…why am I gonna knock the inexperienced kid! when his Oline started to give in to a monster front in the second half. When a Dline is winning the battle I EXPECT a QB to not be as great…if I expect that, how can I be down on this huge win? All this kid does is win, without ANY support..it’s only going to get better and better..

          You don’t realize just how good FOles and Kelce were pre snap today. They know what the defense is doing which is the only way we stand a chance against that monster defense,..this was HUGE!! Wanna talk negatively to me? It will have to wait til tomorrow….fly Folesy fly

          • #7

            “Wipes his chin”

          • GEAGLE

            “Yous a flea, and I’m a big dawg, I scratch you off my My balls with my mofo’in paws”
            ..
            You are barkin up the wrong tree with that flea ish…now poof be gone!

          • #7

            Beotch!!

          • Jason

            I think you need to work on your reading comprehesion. Where did I knock him, just cause you want to fight with Big Butts and #7 doesn’t mean everyone wants to. I’m done with your silliness

          • Andy124

            I think you hit the nail on the head with his bristles being up from getting in to it with a couple other posters. I wouldn’t make too much of it.

          • Andy124

            A little late to the party, but Jason was complimenting Foles. Foles was definitely off in the second half, but still found a way to win. The overall game was a very good one for Foles, not like we should just pretend the first half didn’t happen. :)

            Whatever was going on in the second half, Foles, Kelly and Lazor have it on film. They’ll know the cause and work to fix it. Just more experience to grow from. I’m stoked.

      • #7

        What do you mean “you people”?????

        I’ve always wanted to say that

        • Richard Colton

          what do YOU mean “you people?”
          You tell ‘em Mahoney, you tell ‘em what time it is.

    • BlindChow

      He had a good first 2.5 quarters. I’d say it was the defense and not Foles that “found a way to win.”

      • #7

        Lol that’s funny. You can give credit to the D but I can’t lol. All good though

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Of course. If we say anything other than FOLES WAS AWESOME..then CLEARLY we aren’t Eagles fans.

          • Max Lightfoot

            Not really. I think you and No. 7 are fans. But like me, you both possess critical thinking skills and voice your criticism, but always with good cause. It’s OK to be an Eagles fan and be critical of the teams sometimes. Sometimes they deserve it, after all. No need to feel like martyrs, folks. You is OK in my book.

      • Jason

        Agree, in the grand scheme, but I was making the point that he still was able to throw for 3 TDs without being sharp.

    • NineseveN

      Yeah, Foles was rough today. The key is, Foles didn’t cough it up on us. Even if that interception was ruled as legit, it’s only 1 and quarterbacks are going to throw one once in a while. As long as he doesn’t cough it up in a situation that costs the team the game or he’s not throwing 2 or more picks every game, I’m good. The Defense looked legit, Offense shined at times and stunk at others and our Special Teams overall rocked. All in all, good win at home against a good playoff contender.

      • Andy124

        Foles was rough today.
        Foles played more than 1 half. Let’s not forget that he was lights out in the first half. Average that with the 1.5 quarter stall out and you end up with a very good day overall.

        Agree with your overall point though.

        • NineseveN

          I’m not saying that he was bad, but he had a number of balls that weren’t as accurate as I think we’ve come to expect from him is all. He just wasn’t as sharp and he also looked maybe a little indecisive. He still played a good game, and we won with him, not in spite of him.

          • Andy124

            The inaccuracy was pretty much limited to the last 1.5 quarters though. I’m just saying that I disagree with the choice of words, “rough day”. I totally agree with all the actual points you’re making.

            For the record, that down vote isn’t from me. :)

          • NineseveN

            I gotcha. Maybe I need to watch the game again, I recall Foles missing some that he would normally make and some of his passes were a little off the mark even when they were completed early on in the game within the first 3-4 drives. I could be mistaken though.

            I don’t worry about down or up votes, like Chip says, I worry about what I can control, not what I can’t.=)

  • Mike Calabrese

    where is the post game show since fanatic has 76ers game on?

  • Token

    Ended up being a ugly game.

    Had a great start, then a lull, good end to half. Good start to 3rd Q and a terrible 4th Q.

    The 4th Q offense was terrible. Foles was just off and the running game couldnt do anything. But this was a damn good defense we were playing today. Expecting more than 24 points maybe foolish.

    The Eagles are not comfortable getting out of their usual rhythm. You can just tell. When they slow stuff down a bit then struggle. Partially because its not how they want to do things. And partially because the offense just works better uptempo. It works better when the defenses dont have much time to think.

    Im sure there will be people on here taking veiled shots at Foles after today. He had a terrible 4th Q. That INT was maybe his worse decision of the season. Just a panic throw. The one play where it shoulda been a McCoy run and he kept it. But that play should have never been a option play. Thats a McCoy run. Ended first half at 75% and finished at 62%. So obviously a rough time in the 2nd half.

    But people, I think the expectations are out of whack. This is a 2nd year QB. In a new offense. Im not sure how much better he can be expected to play. And this was a damn good defense we played today. Again I say, if his name was Russell Wilson putting up these numbers you would hear nothing but endless praise. People act like these other young QBs are perfect at all times or something.

    When you look at the overall picture of what this kid has produced, its really hard to discount. Sure, I wanted to see him get that killer TD in the 4th Q to put the Cards away. Didn’t happen. The offense in general has struggled in that area all year. Closing games is something they must get better at. Foles will get better at throwing balls away to avoid hits. He will get better just being in this offense another year. You can put even more weapons in this offense. He still had 3 TDs today.

    At this point Im feeling more confident that you are not drafting a QB better than Foles in this years draft. I dont see it.

    I think we are seeing a hell of a Swan Song from Trent Cole. Hes been playing well and hopefully he keeps it up the rest of the way. But dont be prisoner of the moment. You cant enter next year with Cole as a starting OLB.

    Kendricks still stinks. You can get on me if you want, just dont think hes ever gonna put it together. Hes just a low impact player. Goode made more impact plays in two games then Kendricks has in 2 seasons. Thats really all you need to know. Kendricks pads stats on pile on tackles or downfield tackles after the play is already made. Hes Ernie Sims.

    Defense overall was good. But Davis got too passive in the 2nd half. Prevent defense only prevents you from winning. Thankfully Palmer missed on a throw in that final drive that coulda have done some damage. But overall its hard to get on them much. The offense put a big burden on their shoulders in that 2nd half.

    That last call was about as blatant of a hold as you can get. Casey was going to the flat and clearly got his jersey pulled back. Johnston was pissed. Showing a bit of bias on that call id say.

    • Adam

      You could see that hold from a mile away. I just laughed when I heard Moose going nuts over it. It was the right call.

      • Token

        If you are gonna be mad at a call, how bout the Cards 4th down. That was much closer of a call.

        • GEAGLE

          Uhhh powers was allowed to face guard Cooper for a major NO call on a PI

      • theycallmerob

        don’t get me started on the refs today. 2 guys from my section were ejected in the 3rd qtr for threatening his family. Sh!t got real.

  • Adam

    Number of career games Michael Vick has throw 3 or more TD passes: 7 in 108 career starts

    Foles has done it 4 times in 6 starts this year.

    • #7

      Ok…..what is your point, or are you starting ish

      • GEAGLE

        Actually, he is ENDING ish

        • #7

          LMAO

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          He’s ending something he started?

      • Adam

        My point is exactly what I typed. Sharing stats. I thought I spelled it out pretty basic.

        • #7

          Vick isn’t playing. You said in the past that you’re not a gloater, yet you do it. You’re right though. Type on

          • Adam

            When did I say I wasn’t a gloater?

          • #7

            No need for me to look it up. I have a good memory

          • Adam

            Gloating is one of my favourite pass times, only slightly behind trolling. I’m not sure where you’re getting your facts.

          • #7

            Alrighty

          • BlindChow

            Yeah, he’s all about accusing people of stuff he can’t back up. But it’s all he’s got nowadays, you know?

          • #7

            Be sure you wipe it all up now

        • theycallmerob

          I like this game!

          Making just his 12th career start, Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick’s mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning’s record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.

    • Token

      Vick has more 3 INT games than 3 TD games.

      I didnt look that up, but im sure its probably correct.

      • Mike Calabrese

        2 more TD passes and Foles has 21. Vick’s career high TD passes is 21td’s in 2010. Foles done is what 5 starts now?

        • Adam

          but he can’t run…

          • Esther

            No, not even a little. Pretty sure Kelly’s success as a coach is based on team speed and versatility, including QB. Kelly knows he’s not winning anything with Foles.

          • BlindChow

            Except the last four games, I guess.

          • Adam

            Dutch is back

          • theycallmerob

            you are incredible stupid. or marcus vick

        • #7

          Hooray!!!!! Let’s see Foles take a team on his back to the NFC Championship game and then we can talk. I could less about numbers. Wins and losses is what counts.

          • GEAGLE

            It’s coming…don’t worry

          • #7

            LMAO LMAO LMAO.

            Had to give you three of them on that one. I hope Foles does well, but my chin is clean and will stay clean

          • Pennguino

            That’s because Vick is a nice guy and cleans up after himself. WHAT? I gave Vick credit…

          • #7

            LMAO Foles will not carry anything on his back. We have McCoy for that.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Exactly. Vick has 2 career playoff wins and both were that post season. Jim Johnson figured out that if you make Vick win by passing he will lose. That is why he has not won a playoff game since then. 2 playoff wins in one year being only post season success in 13 year career is nothing to brag about. But as I can see it’s something to hold on to though.

          • #7

            It didn’t happen? That means it doesn’t count? I can name numerous players that did not win the big game. That does not mean they were not great players.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Your avoiding that he has not won another playoff game. Not saying a super bowl. I am saying just one more playoff game ever again. Super Bowl would never be expected. Another playoff win would be expected way he is talked about.

          • #7

            You’re the one of the ones that brought this crap up. I’ve never mentioned Vick by name but you clowns can’t help yourselves. Since you want to get dirty with it,

            I want to see Foles put a team on his back in the playoffs. Vick has done it. So what if it was in one post season. It’s a team game, sir, and I BET you can’t name one star player from that team. Foles has two star players on offense. I want to see it and I HOPE he does it.

            You keep coming at me with these Vick comments, but I can get with you if you want. My main focus has been on THIS GAME. Now ignore my posts unless you want to get down with it

          • BlindChow

            No one’s coming at you. You just keep responding. You gettin’ trolled, son.

          • Mike Calabrese

            It’s everyone else not him. Him and BBAS fight with 5 people a day, but they are just misunderstood. It’s everyone else though.

          • #7

            LOL ok Mike. Just remember, everyone can read, and everyone can see that you’re a shit starter. I won’t lose any sleep

          • Mike Calabrese

            Get down with what? LOL.

          • #7

            You can be stupid if you want.

          • nicksaenz1

            Warrick Dunn and Algae Crumpler?

          • theycallmerob

            Keith Brooking. They had the 8th best scoring D in ’02

          • nicksaenz1

            ’04 is the year we’re talking about, isn’t it? Though, yes, he was still a stud in ’04.

          • theycallmerob

            the names stay the same for both. 1 win each year, then he met JJ. And Delaney, the DE…double digit sacks both years.

          • #7

            It was a one man show, but how could you even speak on this anyway? I live in ATL. I know a lot more than you do.

            It was a one man show and that was Vick. Not much difference from any team in the league. It’s all about the QB and always will be

          • #7

            Dunn was decent. Crumpler was decent. Neither were stars.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            lol. Folk just can’t get Vick off the brain. He’s not even playing yet THEY bring him up. CLASSIC.

            lol

          • Esther

            That’s because this game scared them. The limitations of Foles on display. The specter of MV creeping back into view…

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            lol. Good point.

          • #7

            You’re exactly right. They know it’s coming

          • Andy124

            199 yards passing in the two playoff wins… combined.

            Why are we talking about the backup?

          • #7

            What counts? Numbers or losses?

            And why are we talking about the backup? Because you guys keep bringing him up.

          • Andy124

            Are wins and losses a team metric or an indivdual metric?

          • KimbaFuzz

            Because Adam has nothing better to do after the Birds win. :-/

          • Andy124

            If wins and losses is the only stat that you care about, 2-4 — 5-1.

      • BlindChow

        Vick has one 3 INT game, two 4 INT games, and sixteen 2 INT games.

        The more you know.™

  • Rick H

    As officiating goes in the NFL this was one of the worst officiated games this year and definitely the worst involving the Eagles. The game should have been over in the 3rd quarter/early 4th but the referees were intent on injecting themselves into the game.
    Bryce Brown MUST BE BENCHED! He kills drives and has no idea or football acumen!

  • GEAGLE

    Carson Palmer is a veteran who has been getting a lot of praise…our front 7 pressured him and he turned it over twice, our youngin faced a Dline that was winning battles in the second half and took care of the rock…

    Btw, on multiple plays our front 7 were inches from hitting the ball when palmers arm was cocked back ready to throw. We were an inch or two away from forcing 4TO’s..I like our youngins to grow enough to cover that inch gap!!! Wait til you see these kids next year…this year is about the experience…next year is about kicking butt and taking names

    • Richard Colton

      Asking you to temper your excitement after a win is…I know. not gonna happen.
      Front 7 looked good – thought Logan/Cox/Meco/Kendricks all played well. We got a lot of pressure of the edge, but it was against the West Coast King Dunlap. Going to need more from Graham before I’m willing to say the lights gone on.

      • GEAGLE

        Dont need his lights to go on…as long as someone’s lights are on every week…we are tied with Dallas for first, we just beat a wildcard opponent..won 4 in a row, 2 at the Linc….Doesn’t matter who the best is, matters who’s hot…and I don’t see many teams hotter then us today..

        Bye weeks can kill momentum, instead we used a good opponent to build on it,,.not exactly sure why I would temper my excitement, young puppies with big paws grow from games like this!!

        • Richard Colton

          one thing you could always count on from Andy – no bye week let down. Here’s hoping we stay on that roll with Chip!

      • anon

        Yeah but we gave up 2 TDs on 3rd in long — reminds me of the beginning of the year. But your TO differential is about to get CRAZY.

  • Adam

    This is a whole bucket of WTF.. Knowshon Moreno’s eyes are messed up.

    https://t.co/mc98mt7JmG

  • BlindChow

    Chip is now 1-0 after the bye.

  • GEAGLE

    People seem like if you don’t score 40 it’s not a great win…

    Shouldnt even speak a word of negativity until tomorrow
    ..
    FOles is the truth, with or without your support

    • Richard Colton

      here’s the truth, per Reuban Frank: “Foles is first Eagle QB with passer rating of 100 or better 4 straight games since Donovan in 2004 vs. Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, Packers.”

      if you aren’t at least a little excited about Foles at this point, you aren’t a fan.

    • BlindChow

      It’s not a great win if your team collapses in the second half two games in a row. That’s a textbook “ugly” win.

      • Andy124

        Are great wins and ugly wins mutually exclusive? I say no.

    • anon

      I can’t decide if i should be pissed that we’re getting shut out in the second half OR if our D is making enough plays / were up so much that we still win the games. Kelly went to a lot of different looks this week — but our run game needs help. Shady’s at 3.9 YPC. That’s get you benched a lot of places.

  • knighn

    Observation:
    Red Bird, Dead Bird.

    • Tom

      Better dead than red

  • Andy

    Brandon Graham looked hungry again this week.

    • #7

      PT helps

      • Mike Calabrese

        We don’t agree on much, but I have been banging table for them to use Graham more. he clearly has ability and someone needs to tap into him even if just as situational pass rusher.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Eagles need that big North/South tough yard runner. Defenses are throwing 7 in the box & daring us to run inside zone knowing we don’t have that type of runner. They also need to go big with a power formation to give the RBs extra blockers in front of them to open up holes, particularly for when protecting your lead in 2nd half. But you still need the guy that’s gonna bust it up the gut so that it helps open up your passing. Running inside zone with 5 blockers against 7 defenders is just a losing situation and an easy way to disrupt the offensive rhythm. We need a grinder type back to spell Shady more later in games & change the pace.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      By the way, when I say 7 in the box, I mean 7 playing up at the LOS looking run, while the secondary plays man on the outside. If we can’t knock them back when they know the run is coming, it means that you don’t have an effective power run game to fall back on. Sure we could utilize the two TEs, but you still need a north/south guy to run it up the gut for your run game to remain effective enough to set up your pass.

  • jon h

    Defense did a solid job – 3 TOs is exactly what you want. Chung has to stop propelling himself into our players. He did it on the Fitzgerald TD but seemed like there were other times where we didn’t get as “burned”.

    • Justin

      Like I said in the live chat, it seemed like he was trying his best to be Kurt Coleman. And Coleman had to get in on it with that punt return hold. Definitely need to address safety this offseason. How many times has an Eagles fan said that lately?

  • Cyrus Robinson

    After four sacks from Cole and Graham today (and better numbers for Cole as of late), is OLB still a need? I think both Graham and Cole are becoming quite serviceable.

    • Mitchell

      I don’t know if they are explosive mutli-tooled OLB’s. Cole is a good run defender and is getting sacks now but is getting older and we don’t know how much longer he will hold up. However if he continues this production we can keep him around as a situational pass rusher but still go after our choice of OLB aka the OLB Davis thinks is the perfect fit for his system. Graham on the other hand isn’t the best at covering and only has the bull rush. He isn’t exactly explosive. Idk what the team does with him. No matter what I still believe OLB is still one of the teams biggest needs.

      • Justin

        I think I said last week or the week before (may have been a different site even) that this offseason we oughta try to trade Graham to a 4-3 team.

  • JofreyRice

    Boykin “got picked” on the TD? I dunno about that. It looked like Nate Allen got confused by the trips bunch and bit on the underneath route to Fitz, while he should have had Boykin’s coverage over the top. Looked like Boykin was playing trail technique, and the jawing he was doing to Allen right after the fact kind of cements that theory for me. I’m just going by what I saw.

    I thought “getting picked” was a better explanation for what happened to Allen on the Dray TD, when he couldn’t get over to him in time through the traffic, and Dray had the walk-in TD.

    Chung really ran into Boykin, IMO, it wasn’t an equal collision between two players. I think you can put all three TDs on the safeties today.

    But hey, a win’s a win. This was a quality opponent, and they beat them.

    • theycallmerob

      yea, I saw the “jawing” too; think you’re right on the money with that one. kudos.
      Can’t wait to see Chung gone next year. Does a better job tackling our guys than the opposition.

      The one big takeaway I enjoyed was seeing Fitz get contained (for the most part). The free TD from Chung aside, he went 4-29

      • JofreyRice

        Yeah, hats off, once again, to Davis, who unlike some of our previous D-Coordinators, realizes that LARRY FITZGERALD IS REALLY GOOD. Dude was blanketed all day. I’d rather have them try and throw the ball to Andre Roberts & Michael Floyd on that big 3rd and 4th down late, rather than giving them 1 on 1 matchup w/Fitz.

        That looked like a playoff game. Tough defenses, QB’s taking big hits, surmountable leads. Refs letting them battle it out on the outside. One side of the ball picking up for the other, when things got rough. I mean, the S situation is what it is at this point. Considering how far they’ve come in so many other areas, I really can’t even be mad. That was seriously cool to watch them put that away. Beer is good tonight!

  • brandon

    The honey badger holding call was not “questionable”. He held Avant’s arm. It’s a hold. Just happened to be on a huge momentum-shifting play.

  • nicksaenz1

    Just had a beer at my hotel in KC and there’s a healthy mix of Chiefs and Broncos fans here. Was riding in the elevator with some Chiefs fans and wished them good luck in 5 years after Andy has had ample time to f**k up their roster with the undersized, high-motor fastballs.

  • EaglePete

    great win. Hope I no longer have to hear they havent played good teams anymore. Reason I said I was all in last week was the way this team wins. D again playing huge but just smart quality football. Just feels right on both sides of ball. Balance and solid run gm and gang tackling. Only complaints are some of the run calls but all part of the setup and grind. Still seems like other coaches are making better adjustments in the 2nd half and he needs to work on that but Im fine when they play with leads. Avant is slow and zero explosion. He just doesnt get it done seems like he hits once every 5 plays. Foles….what can you say. Love that the streak is still alive.