Preview of the Philadelphia Eagles

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  1. TexansAllTheWayBaby

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    The time has come, week 1 - opening day - is just about here in the NFL. This is a fresh start for our Houston Texans. Our first challenge of the season will be a tough one, taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be played in our house, Reliant Stadium.

    The Eagles are obviously a very good team, the most winning team over the past 5 years although they did have an off-year last season finishing up 6-10 with the T.O. saga and injury to McNabb.

    Offensively, they are very dangerous with Donovan McNabb the QB. He has a lethal combination on speed, power and throwing accuracy making it very difficult for the opposing defense obviously.

    RB Brain Westbrook also is a very good player. He was also a little banged up last season, but still managed 600 yeards both on the ground and in the air with 7 TD's as well. Eagles coach Andy Reid also wants more focus on the running game this year, so he could be very dangerous. Also watch for Ryan Moats, Reno Mahe and Bruce Perry to get a few carries, espically on 3rd down.

    Even though Terrell Owens is gone, Eagles WR Donte' Stallworth will be a key player with their offense as well. He is very fast, had almost 1,000 yeards recieving last season, and McNabb will bee looking his way often Sunday.

    LJ Smith, the Eagles TE is somebody to watch out for as well. He is said to be very good at stretching the middle of the field, and has become more productive each year during his 3-year career. He had 61 receptinos for 682 yards last season, very good for a TE.

    Defensively, the Eagles are top notch. Though they struggled some last season, coming in at 21st in passing yards allowed, 23rd in total yards allowed, and near the bottom of the league in sacks and pass interference penalties. However, with new additions such as Darren Howard and Brodorick Bunkley they will only compliment Jevon Kearse and Jeremiah Trotter. This is a very dangerous front four and will look to get pressure on the opposing QB early.

    Behind their front four, their secondary is very talented despite a rather off-year last season. Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown and Micheal Lewis are all household names and all four of them aside from the under-rated Sheldon Brown have made the Pro Bowl.

    I will mention a quick note on Special Teams for the Eagles- David Akers. One of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. Akers is very trust-worthy.He is coming off a groin-injury from last season. Akers still appears he will be a very reliable kicker for Philidelphia this season and reutnrs himslef to Pro Bowl Status.

    Overall, just a quick summary, the Philadelphia Eagles had a rather rough year last season with the whole Terrell Owens saga and a good amount of injuries. All of the players are healthy this year, and the entire team is very hungry to return to playoff status this year, and with this talent, should have no problems in doing so espically under a great coach such as Andy Reid.

    Looks like a tough opener for our boys the Houston Texans this Sunday, but it is in our house and we are also pumped up!

    My ''Keys to the game'' will be posted Thursday Evening.
     
  2. Jerome_Brown_99

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    As an Eagles fan I must say, pretty nice summery.

    A few quick things I would add:

    Reggie Brown is far and away better then Sheppard. Sheppard had all the INTs and got a bunch of long TD returns, but the only reason is that no QB wants to throw at Brown.

    The other thing is as far as our RBs are concerned. Correll Buckhalter is our best pure RB, and will be the #2 guy behind Westbrook. Buck goes abot 6'1" and 220. He has very good speed, acceleration, quickness, and power. In fact, he was supposed to be our starter in 2004 before he got hurt, and then Westy went off and had a pro-bowl year. His weakness is in pass-pro and his hands are average - particularly for a team that likes to thow to RBs like we do.

    I think you'll see very basic and somewhat limited play from Stalworth. He's going to be running deep patterns like fly routes most of the time, with a random WR screen thrown in. Brown should be the WR you watch closely.

    Mahe is injured and won't play. Even if he did play, he's used almost exclusively as a punt returner, where he lead the NFL in return average. Most Eagles fans hate the guy though for some reason.
     
  3. CMoak1982

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    Reggie Brown is a receiver out of Georgia, not a corner.
     
  4. RiotCommander

    RiotCommander All Pro

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    I was wondering what he was talking about. I'm sure its just a typo. R.Brown is a promising WR for them.
     
  5. TheOgre

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    Buckhalter will be key if he stays healthy (a big if).

    Brown was better than Sheppard last year, but Sheppard was better in previous years.
     
  6. E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles

    E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles Rookie

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    I think you mean Sheldon Brown...
     
  7. allez_aigles

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    I believe you are right. Many Eagles fans feel Sheldon Brown is the better of the two corners in coverage. I am not sure that is true but Lito being faster and a bit more athletic than Sheldon does take risks on the ball and has done this on occassion when he was in single coverage. He makes the interception or knocks the ball down and he looks all-pro. He misses and the Defense looks like it wiffed.

    Back to the review - it is a nice summary of the team. You point out the D-line and mention Bunkley, Howard and Kearse. I am not sure Bunkley will even start this game but I do figure he will be in for half the defensive snaps. Mike Patterson has flown under the media radar this preseason but he is a very good DT. If you figure last year the Eagles were content at the beginning of training camp to let Corey Simon sit out most of training camp and then deal with him coming back at the end of it. They knew from previous years experience Simon would come in out of shape and it would take 6-8 games for him to get back into all-pro form (mind you I don't think he ever got back there last year for the Colts). But then Patterson starting showing what he could do in camp. There was an uproar when the Eagles released Simon but only because Sam Rayburn had missed most of pre-season last year with injuries. But the fans got to see early that Patterson was going to be very good.

    Part of the reason I think Patterson got so little attention was that he did suffer the rookie 10th week syndrome. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Bunkley face it this year nor for the Texans Mario Williams. As most fans know rookies that start where down as the season goes faster than seasoned vets. Well that happened to Patterson but even though it did - he still looked very solid at the end of the season - not exceptional but solid. He is back and saw limited reps in the preseason so he should be raring to go.

    There are two DL that I am not sure we will see this week and those are Darwin Walker and Jerome McDougle. A few of you may recall there was a shooting incident last year involving an NFL player. That was McDougle, who was car jacked just before preseason started and shot in the stomach. McDougle had complications around week 6 that put him back in surgury and out for the season. Well he is back and has looked good in practice and so-so in the few preseason games he played before breaking some ribs. The ribs are reported to be fine and he has been practicing but it has only been 4 weeks. Walker is similiar in that he also broke some ribs - he has had 5 weeks to heal. The thing is Cole and Thomas at DE have looked very good this preseason and Ramsey and Rayburn have also looked solid. So there really isn't any reason to activate Walker and McDougle.

    BTW - what do you guys think of Kalu? Some Eagle fans are down on him but if used right Kalu can be a pressure guy. I have always thought he played his best when he lined up at LDE but he played a lot of RDE for the Eagles. As an Eagle they toyed early with his weight - bulking him up one season and then having him drop alot of weight the following season to work some at SAM. Then he was asked to be an everydown DE due to injuries. Last year he was suppose to rotate in for 20-30 plays a game with McDougle. Instead with McDougle's injury he was asked to play many more reps and often on run downs. At this point in his career he is a pass specialist - so we used him wrong. But it will be interesting to see how the Texans use him.
     
  8. PhillyFan

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    Kalu is a decent player. He is a solid, dependable DE. He isnt a superstar, and he wont be this years Derrick Burgess. But he is a guy who can rotate in, and not make huge mistakes to lose the game for you. Very smart guy, and from what I saw of him in the Texans preseason games, was a little invisible. Only because of what I mentioned though. He isnt flashy, and he doesnt make mental mistakes.

    If he can play 40-50% of the time and stay fresh, he should help the Texans out a lot...especially on 3rd downs.
     
  9. allez_aigles

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    Hopefully GE99 doesn't mind that I transplanted this here. GoEagles99 is one of the most respected posters at the Eagles message board. Here was his preview of the game:
     
  10. flylikeaneagle

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    GoEagles99 does a great job everytime. Nice post.
     
  11. Brandon420tx

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    I liked it, the only problem I had was that Lundy was drafted in the 6th round, and though we feel we definetly need improvement at LB (Mostly depth) S. Orr led our team in sacks last year and Ryans has been hailed as an early candidate for DROY. I'm still not sold on Greenwood.

    Edit: and your defense won't control us!
     
  12. mattwill

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    Brandon, ge99 got called on that error by the Eagles posters as well. We're just as tough on him as you guys would be.
     
  13. mattwill

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    Brandon, ge99 got called on that error by the Eagles posters as well. We're just as tough on him as you guys would be.
     
  14. Cjeremy635

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    This was posted by eagles fan GOEAGLES99 on their MB. I thought I would include it here for us to preview. It was a good analogy and not as biased as some of their fan base. He put a good deal of effort into this post:

    EAGLES at TEXANS


    Normally I like to start a preview by looking at what the teams have done the previous week and/or the last month or so. That doesn't work with a season opener.

    Houston went 2-14 last year, but has a new coach in Gary Kubiak and many new players. I expect immediate improvement, but there will be some growing pains.


    ABOUT THE TEXANS

    Kubiak was the OC for the Denver Broncos. He brought that offensive scheme along with him. That means a lot of zone blocking, a lot of running, and a lot of play action passes. Expect Houston to also run a lot of 2 and 3 TE sets.

    The offense does have some quality weapons. QB David Carr has shown flashes of greatness in his career. None of them came last year. He really struggled all year long. Kubiak should make a world of difference in how David plays. He's been shell-shocked throughout his career by an enormous amount of sacks and hits. Kubiak will scheme to protect Carr. He'll use lots of TEs. He'll keep RBs in to block. He'll roll out some of the time as well.

    WR Andre Johnson has elite talent, but his production is affected by the QB play. Eric Moulds was acquired from Buffalo in the offseason, but has looked slow this summer. He might have just been pacing himself, but Eric sure looked heavy and slow. TE Owen Daniels is a rookie.

    The RBs will be interesting. Domanick Davis was the incumbent starter, but a knee injury sidelined him for the year. 6th Round draft pick Wali Lundy will get the start. He had a very good preseason. Vernand Morency and Ron Dayne will also gets lots of playing time. In Denver, this offense was productive with many different runners. Lundy could be a terrific find or it could be that he'll give way to Morency or Dayne in a hurry. Only time will tell.

    The OL is the real key. The Texans have struggle to protect David Carr. Now they have a whole new offense and a new blocking scheme. They'll have a rookie LT in Charles Spencer and a new Center in Mike Flanagan, a very good veteran addition from GB. This is the most talent that Houston has had up front, but it will take them time to gel.

    The defense is switching to a 4-3 for the first time in team history. I think this fits their personnel much better than the 3-4.

    2nd year DT Travis Johnson had some good moments in the preseason. He will benefit from the switch. Rookie DE Mario Williams has an amazing combination of size, speed, and talent. However, he was a slow starter at NC State. He had a quiet presesaon. Can he turn it on now that the games are for real? This unit has potential, but needs some work.

    The LB's look to be a pedestrian unit. Rookie Demeco Ryans is in the middle and flanked by Shantee Orr and Morlon Greenwood. They need another offseason to work on this group.

    The secondary is interesting. CB Dunta Robinson is very good. He could be one of the ten best CBs in the league. The other corner job was won by Lewis Sanders. While he earned the spot with a good preseason, Lewis hasn't been anything special in his NFL career to this point. Glenn Earl is the SS and CC Brown is the FS. Both are young guys who've flashed talent.

    The STs units are a mixed bag. Their returners do have speed.


    WHAT TO LOOK FOR

    I believe what Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg have said this summer about running the ball more. It would not surprise me at all to see the Eagles come out and try to run a lot early on. Andy did that in the HOF game and it felt as though he was sending a signal to everyone that 2006 would be different.

    The passing game will be a mixed bag. Donovan will spread the ball around like he normally does. I would think they will try at least a couple of deep throws to Donte Stallworth. As long as McNabb has time, and he should in this game, the passing game can be very productive.

    I think the Eagles will be able to move the ball well and score points. I think Andy and Marty will keep the attack as basic as they can. We play the Giants in week 2 and there is no need to show them anything we don't have to. Now, should the game be close, we'll do whatever it takes.

    The defense should be able to control the Texans. We have a strong DL and they have a rebuilt OL that has been weak for years. As I said earlier, I think Kubiak knows the OL has been troubled and will do all he can to protect them and QB David Carr. This ties in to what scares me about the Texans.

    Kubiak was the OC for the Broncos last year when they put up 550+ yards and 49 points on our defense. Granted, he doesn't have the same OL or the same weapons, but he ran the unit that absolutely destroyed us. He at least knows how it can be done. I think he'll run a lot of 2 and 3 TE sets. That means a lot of max protect and 2 or 3 man routes. I'm sure they will play-action fake us to death. This kind of stuff can frustrate a defense that really likes to get after the QB.

    The key is to stop the run with only the front seven. Mike Lewis was burned a few times in the loss to the Broncos when TEs got behind him and came up with big plays. If we can control their running game, that will put them into known passing situations and give our DL a better chance to get to Carr. I think we'll get this done, but it wouldn't shock me for Houston to frustrate Jim Johnson and his guys for at least part of the game.

    The secondary had a quiet preseason, aside from Dawk. It will be interesting to see if these guys can turn it on and start locking up receivers. I'm also curious to see what Sean Considine can do in his first action as a DB (and a healthy one).


    WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE


    * Brian Westbrook get 20 carries.

    * Less than 30 pass attempts.

    * Bruce Perry have at least one big KOR.

    * Donte Stallworth with at least one catch of 20+.

    * Jason Avant come up with a couple of catches.

    * Matt McCoy make at least one play (sack, INT, FF, or FR).

    * Darren Howard get a sack.

    * The DL get us 5 sacks by themselves.

    * Jerome McDougle on the field showing us something.

    * 0 sacks allowed.

    * Correll Buckhalter scoring a TD.



    The Eagles should win this game. I hope they play well, but the key is to win. The guys have been sloppy in season openers under Andy Reid. This game does have a bit of the feel that the Cowboys game did in 2000 (pickle juice game). I expect Andy to have the guys fired up and ready to tell the rest of the league that the Eagles are back.
     
  15. allez_aigles

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    Not sure what the article quoting rules are here but:
    http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060907/SPORTS02/609070400/1015

    How the Eagles break down by position
    Not a bad review.
     
  16. Jerome_Brown_99

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    Sorry, mixed him and Sheldon up. It does happen.
     
  17. Texans_Chick

    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    An Eagle's blogger wrote a basic review of the team on my Chronicle blog:

    "Eagle fan shares his views from the cheap seats"

    He is confident in the Eagles bringing back a win.

    I invite both Texan and Eagles fans to make thoughtful comments about what he had to say about his team.
     
  18. Wolf

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