By Kevin K
The Eagles now sit alone on top of the NFC East after a thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3. The main story heading into this game was the change at the quarterback position, with Michael Vick announced as the starter. Vick had a good game going 17 for 31 for 291 yards with 3 touchdowns. Vick also had 4 carries for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Vick had it easy on Sunday when DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin took off for career games. Jackson had 5 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. Jackson was able to turn the speed on against the Jaguars and took off every time he touched the football. Maclin had a great game as well. Maclin had 4 catches for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Maclin showed Eagles fans that he as well could be explosive.
The real news, however, was how well the Eagles defense played. With the return of Stewart Bradley on Sunday, the Eagles defense had their anchor back. The defense was able to hold Maurice Jones-Drew to 88 yards on the ground and no touchdowns. Altogether, the Eagles defense held the Jaguars offense to 184 total yards. Bradley didn’t have a great game, but just his presence on the field changed how the Eagles defense played.
There were two players on defense that really stepped up in this game and kept the pressure on David Garrard. Those players are DT Trevor Laws and DE Daryl Tapp. Tapp and Laws had great games against the Jaguars and were able to keep the pressure on Garrard consistently throughout the game.
The Eagles will get to see real competition for the first time since Green Bay in week one next Sunday. The Eagles will see how good their defense and offense really is on Sunday as they face Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.