Philadelphia Eagles Week 1 Analysis and Details

Frank PassalacquaAnalyst IISeptember 11, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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So I don't know about you, but a 31-13 win is a blowout in my book.

Coming into the Week 1 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the St. Louis Rams, many people were eager to see how the "dream team" would live up to the hype. As many expected, they Eagles started off shaky, but came out on top. 

Last week many people criticized my article about how the Eagles will blow out the Rams. Like I said, the Eagles would shut the Rams down in every way possible. 

People said that Stephen Jackson would have a field day against the Eagles, and those two runs he did have were huge. Unfortunately, he was injured and taken out of the game, just like Sam Bradford, Danny Amendola and Quintin Mikell. 

That right there proves to me that the Philadelphia Eagles did their job the right way. Letting up only one touchdown on the first play of the Rams possession is great. The key point to realize is the Eagles adjusted, and made all the necessary corrections to hold the Rams to only that one touchdown.

Stopping the running game will still be a big issue for the Eagles in the weeks to come. 

However, a simple solution has been made, and will continue to be done. When the Eagles played their standard formation with the four ends and tackles spread, the Rams had 12 carries for 102 yards. When the Eagles played pinch, the Rams only had 52 yards on 14 carries, a huge difference. 

Guess how many rushing yards the Eagles had? It was 237 yards. Yeah, that's nice for a pass-happy team.

With the acquisition of Jason Babin came a lot of doubt. Many people said that he was a one-year wonder with the Titans last year and he simply will be a bust for the Eagles. Well, if four tackles and two sacks in the season opener is bust-material, then I'm fine with that. 

What hurt the Eagles, in my opinion, is the penalties. The defense was phenomenal, but the flags kept the life in the Rams. Three different times the Eagles have up a first down from penalties on a Rams third down fail. Playing smart ball with less penalties will lead to picture perfect defense. 

On the other side of the ball, the Eagles looked great. 

DeSean Jackson had six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown, making a strong approach to his new contract campaign. LeSean McCoy had 122 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown as well. Vick also had 98 yards with his feet, while throwing two touchdowns for 187 yards.

The only issue with the Eagles offense is obviously the offensive line. Allowing three sacks and a fumble isn't too bad for a team with a lot of rookie men and uncertainty up front. However, the Eagles had a major problem with getting the play off in time. Too many delay of game calls hurt the Birds, and that will need to be corrected. 

So in the upcoming weeks, I think the Eagles will be the elite team in the NFL. Four-hundred and four total yards in the first game of the season certainly isn't something to complain about.