The Eagles are now through their second preseason game, and the good news is that they are now halfway done with the preseason. Anyway, here are my notes and observations from the game in a breakdown by quarter.
Whether it was in the front of your mind or the back, Terrell Owens was in there somewhere. The Bengals got him involved early, hitting the receiver on an 11-yard gain on the first play and also featuring him on an end-around. There were plenty of opportunities for players to decapitate him; however, no one took advantage.
When the Eagles got the ball, they looked a lot different than they did last week. On their first possession, the team went three and out. This came after Kevin Kolb showed some mobility, rolling out and hitting Shady McCoy on a nine-yard strike.
On the second offensive series for the Bengals, Cedric Benson introduced Nate Allen to the NFL. Benson faced off with Allen one-on-one and completely destroyed him. However, Allen redeemed himself later in the series when he charged the backfield on a delayed blitz and forced Carson Palmer into a pass that was intercepted by Dimitri Patterson.
Another little interesting note in this series was seeing Brandon Graham line up on the inside, while having Juqua Parker lining up at the end position.
When the Eagles' offense took the field for their second possession, they found themselves in a position that really caught my eye. It was third and one. I was wondering what they would do here. The team decided to put the ball on the ground, but they failed to convert on a run by LeSean McCoy.
On the team's last offensive possession in the first half, they were stopped due to a turnover. On a third-and-long situation, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin fumbled the ball trying to stretch for a first down.
During the second quarter, Maclin went down with an injury. The extent of that injury is unknown at the time of this writing.
On a punt return in the second quarter, the Eagles' Omar Gaither had an interference penalty on Pac-Man Jones. The play continued and Jones ended up fielding the punt and taking it for a long return.
Following the long punt return, Eagles corner Joselio Hanson got burned by Owens, who caught a reception and took it down to the six yard line. After the reception, Bengals running back Bernard Scott took the ball six yards for a touchdown.
Following the Bengals touchdown, the Eagles started putting together a nice drive. Kolb hit DeSean Jackson for 28 yards, followed by an 18-yard McCoy run, which was then followed by a 13-yard run by Michael Vick. The Eagles moved the ball to the 23-yard line but were forced to settle for a field goal.
The next time the Bengals had the ball, Chad Ochocinco caught a pass and was popped by Dimitri Patterson and Stewart Bradley. The ball broke loose and was intercepted by Quintin Mikell.
After the turnover, the offense converted back-to-back first downs to Jackson and Brent Celek. As the team drove, Kolb hit Jason Avant for a touchdown that got called back for an illegal formation penalty, which was called on both Jason Peters and Max Jean-Gilles. The Eagles ended up settling for another field goal.
As the half wound down, Ellis Hobbs cracked Benson. Hobbs is one of the players I was impressed with tonight.
In the third quarter, we began to see some of the backups. Trevor Laws is one of the players on defense of whom I took notice. He was making plays all over the field.
With Vick under center, there is always a lot of excitement. However, Vick had a terrible quarter. He didn’t have a lot of protection, but he still made a lot of bad decisions throwing the ball.
With roughly six minutes left in the third, we probably saw the highlight of the quarter for the Eagles. First round pick Brandon Graham blew through the line and lit up a Bengals running back in the backfield.
Another guy I took notice of on defense was Keenan Clayton. He seemed to be all over the place making plays in the third and fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Kolb was interviewed by Tony Siragusa. When asked about the red zone struggles, Kolb said it “starts with me” and that they just weren’t executing at the level they needed to.
Despite a strong showing last week, Mike Kafka didn’t fare very well in this game. He forced a lot of passes and ended up throwing two interceptions.
In the end, the Eagles lost, 22-9.
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What did you notice from tonight’s game?