The Eagles welcomed a very talented Falcons team to Philadelphia on Sunday and took it to them from the start. After a lot of talk about the play of DeSean Jackson when Kevin Kolb is in the game, the Eagles got him involved early.
In the first quarter, he was able to score twice. His first touchdown came on a 31-yard end-around play where he put in a great individual effort. Shortly after, he was able to score on a 34-yard reception, which was a perfectly placed ball by Kolb. Jackson was forced to leave the game after taking a brutal hit, and it looks like he won’t be playing again until after the bye week.
In Jackson’s absence, Jeremy Maclin stepped up big time. He finished the day with seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest highlight was the 83-yard touchdown he had in the third quarter. As the play developed, he became wide open near the sideline. Kolb threw the ball to him and it was just a matter of not getting caught by any of the defenders.
Kolb’s play was outstanding on the day as he completed 23 passes out of 29 attempts for 326 yards and three touchdowns. This marks the second week in a row that he has started and the Eagles have won. He’s not making Andy Reid’s job any easier with deciding which quarterback to start, but it’s a good problem to have.
The team looked good defensively as well. Atlanta has a high-powered offense, but was not able to get much going against the Eagles. They limited Michael Turner to 45 yards on 15 carries and were able to get Matt Ryan to turn the football over twice.
Trent Cole continues to be a monster, adding two sacks on the day. Also, Asante Samuel was able to record an interception in his first game back since his concussion.
Besides the injury to Jackson, the only other area of concern was David Akers. Uncharacteristically, Akers missed three field goals on the day. We can only hope that it was just an “off” day for Akers.
Looking forward, the Eagles will take on a talented Titans team next weekend before they reach their bye week.