Finally. Eagles won for the first time since the Magna Carta was signed. I wanted the win. Forget about draft position. We needed to see the team win a game. The players needed this. The coaches needed this. I sure as heck know that I needed it.
The big thing to take away from the game is that Nick Foles is making serious progress. He now has played well for 2 weeks in a row. He got his first career win today. He led the team on an impressive comeback to get the victory. Foles was 32-51-381. He had 2 TDs and ran for a third. No turnovers. We need to keep the numbers in context. Tampa is dead last in pass defense for a reason.
I loved the fact that Foles played with such poise. The OL struggled in the first half and the offense could not get going. Nick didn’t panic. He didn’t get too frustrated. Things finally started to click in the 2nd quarter. Down 21-10 in the 4th quarter you saw Nick again staying focused. He didn’t try to do the impossible. He just ran the offense and moved the chains. Comebacks happen one play at a time.
Foles didn’t prove that he’s the long term answer. He did show that he’s got that kind of potential. When facing a crappy defense, you want to post big numbers. You want to play well. I do think Nick is showing that he should be the QB in 2013. That is a pretty important development.
The defense was up and down. They played very well in the 1st half, but struggled in the 2nd. They did come up big late in the game when they had to stop the Bucs and get the ball back for Foles and the offense. It was very encouraging to see DRC have a good game. There was only one bad effort play from him. I’ll cover that later. Nnamdi got torched in the 2nd half. I don’t know if his injury affected him or not, but the team was better when Curtis Marsh played in his place.
Bad day for the STs. Gave up a long return, missed 2 FGs, and muffed a punt.
Bryce Brown and the running game were totally shut down. The Bucs run defense is #1 for a reason. I’ve picked on Jeremy Maclin quite a bit this year, but he had a good game and came up big today, as a receiver and blocker. That was great to see. Jason Avant had a great game. He made a phenomenal one-handed catch that must be seen to be believed.
It was great to see the joy from the players and coaches. I know this team as been miserable to watch, but many of these players and coaches are really good guys. Losing games eats at them. It makes life miserable. Winning does mean something. These guys do care. Watching Reid and Mudd hug was a cool, weird moment. Glad we got to see that.
It was also fun to spoil the Bucs 10th anniversary Super Bowl celebration. Didn’t they know they were playing with fire by scheduling that against us? You don’t taunt a long time Eagle like Jake Scott or Ryan Rau and get away with it.
The losing streak is over. And so is the 120 QB rating streak. Josh Freeman was held to just a rating of 79.2. Sounds good, huh? Depressing to think Romo was almost double that last week.
It is funny that we once again won the game at the end. Nothing comes easy for the 2012 Eagles. We’ve got 4 wins on the year…by a total of 6 points. Crazy.