What Exactly Is It That Awaits Us Tonight?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News Monday, November 26th, 2012
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is on the fast track now on his way back from the concussion he suffered against the Cowboys. It seems that tonight’s battle with the Panthers will be the last game he will miss because of the injury in the Dallas game. It could make things interesting depending on how Nick Foles plays. A lot of people feel the Birds should play Foles the rest of the way regardless of how he looks tonight. I could understand that.
As bad as Vick played this year, the evaluation of his performance is helped when you see how poorly Foles played behind that awful offensive line.
Eagles Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy is still having concussion symptoms, so there’s a chance he could miss more games after tonight. We’ll have to wait and see how he quickly he comes along.
I’m hoping the Eagles play a good first half against the Panthers because things will get ugly if they don’t. The national audience won’t be huge, but football fans nationwide will be able to see what happens if something foolish takes place. If an Eagles fan or two makes an idiot of themselves in front of the nation, we will see the highlights dominating television for the next week or two. Hopefully they haven’t started drinking yet.
The Eagles defense will face many of the same problems with defending Cam Newton that they dealt with while facing Robert Griffin III. They’re going to need to be disciplined in playing their assignments. The defensive tackles and ends must get off their blocks and pursue to the football. The linebackers will need to defend the correct gap and get off of blocks ASAP.
The Birds defense can’t let the Panthers running game get going or it will open up the Carolina passing game as well.
You know the deal with the Eagles offense, they’ve got to cut down on their mistakes and put together a string of plays which will allow them to move the ball consistently. I would love to see them start out with a long drive. It would give them a great deal of confidence. Foles has had a chance to see what a real NFL game is like, so he should be better in his second outing, but that still might not be good enough.
The Birds must try to get their running game going by giving the ball to rookie Bryce Brown. Would it be amazing if the Eagles give the ball to Brown, so much that he winds up carrying the ball more than LeSean McCoy has in any one game of the season? That would be ironic and a testament to how foolish the Birds have been in their game planning.
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