TAMPA, Fla. — Here’s a look at how the Eagles divvied up playing time Sunday afternoon against the Bucs. Read more »
TAMPA, Fla. — On the first offensive play of the game, it was clear the Eagles had a plan for DeSean Jackson.
The team’s No. 1 receiver lined up in the backfield next to Nick Foles before motioning to the left side. Darrelle Revis? He was on the opposite side of the field when the ball was snapped, practically in a different time zone.
As they’ve done all season, the Eagles moved Jackson around to create favorable matchups against the Bucs. His second touchdown, a 36-yarder, came from the slot.
“We didn’t know if he [Revis] would follow me inside or not,” Jackson said. “He’s more of an outside corner, so I don’t think he likes to cover inside with plays like that. So we just took as a mismatch with me and the safeties. That was a great call by Chip [Kelly] at the right time.” Read more »
TAMPA, Fla. — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 31-20 win over the Bucs. Read more »
Here are 10 things to know about how the Eagles’ offense matches up with Tampa Bay’s defense.
1. Tampa’s 0-4 record has little to do with its defense. The Bucs rank third overall on D, according to Football Outsiders, and are eighth in scoring (17.5 PPG). They shut out the Cardinals for three quarters in their last game (two weeks ago) before allowing 13 fourth-quarter points. The only touchdown the Bucs allowed came when Arizona started a possession in the red zone following a Mike Glennon interception. The Eagles, meanwhile, rank fifth overall on offense, per Football Outsiders. They are eighth in scoring (27.0 PPG). In their last outing, the Eagles scored 36 points against the Giants, their highest output of the year. Chip Kelly has yet to rule Michael Vick out, but all signs point towards Nick Foles starting. Read more »
As Michael Vick came trotting off the field Wednesday afternoon, he smiled at reporters in search of an update.
“Felt good,” he said. “Got a full practice in.” He later added that he participated in seven-on-seven drills and that the hamstring is loosening up. However, he was listed as a limited participant on the team’s official injury report. Read more »
DeSean Jackson recently stated that there’s no one man that can really stop him in this league.
Does that include Darrelle Revis?
“That definitely goes for whoever, man,” said Jackson with a laugh. “Any guy that’s trying to guard me one-on-one, man coverage definitely feel my speed, my ability to deep threat, go down the field, do whatever it is I need to do, I still feel comfortable and confident regardless of who is covering me.” Read more »
Below is a position-by-position review of how the Eagles’ offense performed against the Giants after having re-watched the game. Read more »
Here’s a look at how the Eagles divvied up playing time against the Giants Sunday afternoon. Read more »
With the Eagles facing a 3rd-and-goal from the five-yard line DeSean Jackson lined up on the outside to the right of Nick Foles, locked up one-on-one with Prince Amukumara.
Film study on the Giants during the week revealed a tendency in situations like this, and they decided to try and take advantage.
“All week we kind of noticed in the red zone they do a great job of putting their hands on the wide receivers,” said Jackson, “so we figured if I came out and went in and faked that move he would bite on it. ” Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Michael Vick went grabbing for the back of his leg as he scooted out of bounds following a 13-yard run late in the second quarter. He assured his coaches on the opposite side of the field that he was OK by giving a thumb’s up, and stayed in to finish the drive.
When Jason Pierre-Paul tracked him down and sent him to the turf in the end zone on the following series, though, Chip Kelly recognized that his quarterback was ailing, and sent Nick Foles marching in to replace him.
“The coaches understood that, why have me in the game when I’m not 100 percent when you have a healthy quarterback on the sideline?” said Vick.
Kelly allowed that Vick could have gone back in and played if something happened to Foles, but trusted the second-year signal-caller enough to call his number in the middle of a critically important game. Foles rewarded that confidence, going 16-of-25 for 197 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown tosses in a 36-21 Eagles win. Read more »