The Philadelphia Eagles brought the fireworks in the first half, not with their high-powered offense as one might suspect, but on defense with a forced fumble resulting in a touchdown. The key players on this play are a pair of veteran defensive ends—Darryl Trapp, who forced the fumble, and Jaqua Parker, who took it down the field 56 yards to the house. This was a key play as it gave the Eagles a lead in a game some are giving St. Louis an opportunity to steal.
While some have questioned the Eagles defense in the past, their performance in 2010 left them at a respectable 11th-best in the league, and was good enough to get the team to the playoffs in a tight NFC East race. With the Eagles sitting on such high expectations, the defense will have to come through again to get the Eagles deep into the postseason.
Earlier in the game, Rams' star running back Steven Jackson left the field with an injured right quad after touching up the Eagles defense for a 47-yard touchdown rush. This may be good fortune for Philadelphia as the Rams defense is keeping QB Michael Vick on his heels. Only the second half of this game will tell if this Eagles defense can keep the Rams off the scoreboard. If the defensive unit can put together a few more plays like this, the revitalized Rams should be a non-factor in this game.