Before you could even sit down to enjoy the game, Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin put the ball on the ground. The Bengals had noticed the carelessness with which the Birds handled the football and came into the game thinking about forcing fumbles. They’ve already got one early.
The offensive line isn’t getting a lot of push or movement on the Bengals defensive front early in the game.
Nick Foles hasn’t done anything special in the first quarter, but he also didn’t throw the football to the Bengals. A number of times he’s moved in the pocket to buy time. His stats in the first quarter are 6 out of 11 completions for 60 yards. No touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Eagles special teams have been anything but special all season long. Birds rookie wide receiver Martin McNutt let the Cincinnati defender get up under him and push him into the punter, Matt McBriar. Tight end Clay Harbor didn’t have his head into the game, so he was on the sideline and had to run back into the action for the punt team.
It’s what you call sloppy play on the part of the Eagles. Starting the game
Very good job by Foles of moving in the pocket. He slid to his left and got the ball to Jason Avant as he opened up with a late move to the left side.
Riley Cooper just doesn’t have the quickness to get open against good cornerbacks. He has shown he can got up and take the football away from defenders, but he needs to do a better job of using his body to screen defenders away from the football.
DeMeco Ryans seems to be all over the field tackling the ball carrier. Nate Allen continues to play soft football. He tried to tackle Jermaine Dreshin out in the field, but did it in a very soft manner.
Colt Anderson is doing a good job in the secondary. He broke up a Andy Dalton pass intended for A.J. Green. Ryans made a nice play to break up a pass over the middle.