Wrap-up: Eagles 34, Chiefs 14
September, 27, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The buildup to this game was all about Michael Vick's return to the NFL, but Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb stole the show. Vick finished 0-of-2 passing and gained seven yards on the ground. He didn't look particularly bad, but his impact was minimal.
Kolb, on the other hand, did exactly what he needed to. He put a bad team away early with some really nice throws and he didn't turn the ball over. He was 24 of 34 for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Even though he threw for a lot of yards last week, he looked a lot more comfortable in his second start. It's not like he's going to overtake Donovan McNabb any time soon, but at least the Eagles know he can play relatively well in a couple of spot starts.
I was particularly impressed with the way he drove his passes down the field early in the second half. He was putting the ball in spots where only DeSean Jackson had a chance to catch them -- and he just didn't have many careless plays at all. Jackson showed why he's one of the most electrifying players in the division, finishing with six catches for 149 yards and a touchdown.
And it was a great sign for the Eagles that rookie running back LeSean McCoy was very effective. Their confidence in McCoy is one of the reasons Brian Westbrook will get plenty of time for his ankle to heal. The Eagles ran out of the Wildcat formation 15 times, gaining 55 yards. Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but it's a start.
Vick hinted after the game that the Eagles may have been keeping some things under wraps against the Chiefs. He believes the offense will open up a little bit more as the season continues. And it sounded like he felt like 11 plays were enough for him -- at least at this point. The Eagles now head into their bye week with a 2-1 record. Normally they wouldn't like having such an early bye, but with Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook recovering from injuries, things have worked out pretty well.
The best news for the Eagles, though, was probably the defensive performance. They shut down the Chiefs' running game and refused to let Matt Cassel throw the ball downfield. The Chiefs are not a good football team right now and the Eagles did what they needed to do to them. It was also a good week for the special teams unit following the previous Sunday's debacle against the Saints.
The Eagles didn't make nearly as many mistakes and now they get an early break.