Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys: Quick Reactions from Eagles' Week 14 Win

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IDecember 13, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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-- This was Michael Vick's worst game of the season, but it was still pretty good. He wound up throwing two interceptions, but only one was on him. The other went right off Jeremy Maclin's hands. Overall Vick did a pretty decent job, but for the first time all season we saw all the hits he was taking actually take a toll on his game.

-- LeSean McCoy continues to be the best player no one is talking about. The guy has incredible vision and, outside of Vick, might be the best athlete on the team. He has to work on going harder through the hole and not dancing so much down field, but that will come. The guy is a Pro-Bowler.

-- Owen Schmitt didn't have a great game, and I think that's the first time I've said that. He had a nice catch with a guy draped all over him, but he missed a couple blocks on special teams and in pass protection.

-- For DeSean Jackson, let's start off with the bad: the endzone celebration was ridiculous and unnecessary. The rest, however, was fantastic. Who else in the league can go 210 yards on only four catches? That's not rhetorical. If you'd like a random fact, I present to you the fact that 210 yards is the most in NFL history with only four catches. Tell your friends.

-- I don't know how I feel about Jeremy Maclin for this game. He only had one reception for 11 yards and had another one bounce off his hands that resulted in an interception, but the guy was throwing blocks all game long and was an integral part of some big gains from McCoy and Jackson, so that saved him from having an awful game.

-- Jason Avant, Chad Hall, and Riley Cooper barely did a thing. Between the three of them, they had six receptions for 41 yards. That doesn't deserve an individual reaction.

-- Brent Celek, once again, went without a reception. He was kept in to block several times, but I believe he was targeted only once on Vick's first interception. I understand the targets will go down, but not a single reception?

-- Where are the people who were talking about what a terrible decision it was to trade for Jason Peters? The guy is playing at a Pro Bowl level and shut down one of the best pass-rushers in the game. As it stands, he's at least in the conversation for best left tackle in the game.

-- Todd Herremans got manhandled by Jay Ratliff and blitzing linebackers a couple times. But all was forgiven once he caught the second touchdown of his career.

-- All things considered, Mike McGlynn was very good. He and Max Jean-Gilles did a great job of handling Ratliff for most of the game, but McGlynn did show his inexperience a couple times as Ratliff swam him or simply beat him to the hole. Jean-Gilles, however, continues to be impressive as he's playing with an attitude the line had been lacking since Jon Runyan left.

-- King Dunlap got beat a couple times. He got Vick knocked around too often. But he's proving that he can be a valuable backup for both Peters and Winston Justice. He just needs to work on the quickness of his feet and stop going stiff once he engages the defender.

-- The play-calling was atrocious, as always. They still insist on running play action when they haven't established the run and keep asking Vick to turn his back to the line of scrimmage. Andy Reid needs to let someone else hire the offensive coordinator because he and Marty Mornhinweg combine to make the worst play-calling duo in the league.

-- Trent Cole is continuing his annual late-season disappearing act. The natural ability is unquestioned, but he has to show up in December before I'm comfortable saying he's one of the best defensive ends in the league.

-- Right now, Antonio Dixon is the best defensive lineman on this team. The way he played on the goal-line and the pressure he's up to get up the middle is huge for this defense. He's not a household name yet, but he should be very soon.

-- Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley and Trevor Laws did their jobs. No more, no less. It was nothing spectacular, but spectacular isn't required every week. The effort they put forth was enough for this week. With that said, more will be needed out of them against the Giants.

-- It seemed like Juqua Parker and Brandon Graham split the snaps evenly up until Graham's knee injury. Neither was too terribly effective, and now it looks like more will be expected of Parker as Graham might have torn something in his knee.

-- Darryl Tapp lucked into a sack. Overall, he remains highly unimpressive. I know one thing, I'd definitely rather have Chris Clemons or Jason Babin. And that fourth-round pick.

-- Ernie Sims is a bum. The guy spends most of his time flat-footed and doesn't seem to have a very high football IQ. He allowed the first touchdown catch by Jason Witten because he was caught flat-footed, and seemed to miss more tackles than he made.

-- Call me crazy, but I'm not worried about losing Stewart Bradley. I think he's been overrated all season long. He's not a playmaker, he's not physical, and I don't think he's a leader on that defense. Jamar Chaney came in and played very well once Bradley went down. He will likely get the call moving forward.

-- Moise Fokou is just a guy. He's a great option to have as a backup and is very good on special teams, but overall he's just a guy. The team must improve at SAM as soon as possible, but Fokou's effort cannot be questioned.

-- Dimitri Patterson, Trevard Lindley, and Joselio Hanson all played very well. Roy Williams, Miles Austin, and Kevin Ogletree had a combined seven receptions for 79 yards, and Patterson was able to steal an interception in the process. Once Asante Samuel is able to return, this secondary could cause a lot of problems for opposing quarterbacks.

-- Like Patterson, Quintin Mikell was able to snag an interception. He made a great effort to dive for the ball and was also a big problem for the Cowboys' deep game.

-- Nate Allen is starting to trail off a bit as the season goes on, but he had a few good plays in the passing game and, like Mikell, did a great job at discouraging the Cowboys from trying anything deep. He still, however, needs to learn how to tackle better.

-- Sean McDermott continues to call too soft of a game. How does he not see the correlation between the soft style of defense he calls and the historic troubles in the red zone?

-- As far as the return game goes, Jorrick Calvin just needs to take over punt returns as well since Jackson is clearly to afraid to go forward. Calvin had a true rookie moment when he lost his called and was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, but at least he goes straight ahead when he catches the ball and won't lose yardage like Jackson does willingly.

-- The coverage unit as a whole was good once again, but once guy in particular deserves some recognition not only for his play this week, but for past weeks as well: Colt Anderson. The guy was an afterthought after being snagged off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad, but during his time in Philly he's the clear-cut special teams MVP.

-- The late-season improvement we're seeing will likely end the streak of special teams coordinators fired and Bobby April will be back in 2011.

-- The Eagles improve to 9-4 on the season and remain ahead of the New York Giants. Next week they will travel to New York, and that game will likely wind up determining who wins the NFC East. If Justice and Samuel are able to return for that game, there's no reason why the Eagles can't wrap up the division in the New Meadowlands.


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