Thursday, August 20, 2009

It's a Good Thing It Was Just a Preseason Game....

It's an awfully good thing that tonight's game between the Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts was just a preseason game, and didn't count for anything, because the Birds looked positively awful tonight. For one thing, not one of the starting offensive lineman played a snap tonight. Four of the five are injured. We're now two games into the preseason schedule, and the starting offensive line has yet to play together under game conditions. I am extremely concerned that they will start the season that way, which would not be good.

For another, fullback Leonard Weaver left the game with an injured knee in the first half, and I have no idea how serious that injury might be. The Eagles are really counting on Weaver, so his injury is a significant concern.

The defense looked a little shoddy in the first half. A blown coverage in the defensive secondary led to a 74 yard touchdown pass by Peyton Manning, and the Colts marched right down the field and scored on their first possession, meaning that the Eagles were down 14-0 before they knew what happened to them.

The offense fumbled on its first possession, but McNabb did engineer a nice touchdown drive that led to a 28-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, who split a seam in the Colts' zone for a nice scoring play. That, at least, was most promising.

All things considered, it wasn't an impressive performance by the Eagles against a very good Colts team. There are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

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