Sunday, October 11, 2009
Halftime report: Eagles 21, Bucs 7
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- I think the Eagles have this one well in hand, but they've been able to dodge a couple of serious threats from Bucs quarterback Josh Johnson, who single-handedly kept his team in the game in the first half. Johnson is 16-of-26 for 158 yards and a touchdown, but he ended the half by throwing an interception in the end zone.
In his return from a rib injury, Donovan McNabb has looked really sharp. He's using his legs to make plays and he's hooked up with rookie Jeremy Maclin on deep balls. Maclin has three catches for 108 yards. The Bucs don't have anyone who can cover him. He burned Elbert Mack for his first score and then came back with a 40-yard touchdown on which he outmaneuvered safety Will Allen.
Kevin Curtis may never regain his starting spot after this game. The combination of Maclin and DeSean Jackson is pretty scary. The Eagles haven't committed to the run, mainly because there's no need. The Spread Eagle offense -- as it's being called here -- was dormant for most of the first half. Michael Vick was in for two plays by my count -- a handoff to Brian Westbrook and an ill-fated reverse. But right now, it doesn't matter.
The Bucs can't cover the Eagles' receivers. By the way, you'll be seeing Brent Celek's 38-yard catch and run on "SportsCenter" tonight. Celek hurdled Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber. Remarkable play. I feel good about all the NFC East teams right now -- with the exception of the Cowboys.