1. The Eagles are capable of beating Peyton Manning.
I honestly thought it would never happen. The Eagles lost to Peyton Manning 1999, 2002, and 2006. I thought we would lose yesterday. And I have no reason to think we would have beaten them in 2014. I’m just so happy that we finally beat arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
2. Asante Samuel is better than given credit for.
Yeah, there’s no question that he is one of the worst tackling players in the last few decades. But he’s a ballhawk, and on Sunday, he sealed one of the biggest Eagles’ victories in a long time by intercepting Manning in the final few seconds. He picked off Manning on his first and last pass of the game yesterday.
3. Jerome Harrison will play at least some role in the Eagles’ offense.
Two carries for six yards. Whatever. At least we know he’ll play some role in the Eagles’ offense this season. I’d like to see him carry the ball 30 times in the next nine games.
4. Brent Celek will probably start losing starting time.
Zero catches and one drop. That means he has 21 catches and seven drops this season. That’s absolutely pathetic. He had a borderline Pro Bowl season in 2009, and now he’s one of the worst starting tight ends in the NFL. I want to see Garrett Mills on the field more than he has been. Celek hasn’t done anything this season.
5. Dimitri Patterson can play.
Yeah, Patterson allowed Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne to catch 11 passes for 83 yards, but that’s just 7.6 yards per catch, and didn’t get many yards after the catch. Patterson isn’t used to starting and he played a big role in the Eagles’ victory yesterday.
6. The Eagles have GOT to figure out their penalty problems.
14 penalties. Double-digits for the last two weeks. That’s unacceptable and it needs to change because it’s going to start costing us games soon. The offensive line contributes three to four penalties every game. That’s not going to cut it. I want to see a two-penalty game. Yes, it can be done.
7. Michael Vick might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL.
He’s on fire. Yeah, he missed a few games here and there, but he is 3-0 this season when he starts and plays the full game. He hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season. He hasn’t turned the ball over. He’s making plays with his legs and his feet, and he’s finally learned to throw with deadly accuracy. That 58-yard strike to DeSean Jackson on 3rd and 7 from their own 4 was a thing of beauty.
8. DeSean Jackson seems to have fully healed from his concussion.
Seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. A 58-yard third down catch. Two big runs at the end of the game to run down the clock. DeSean seemed to be healed completely from his severe concussion suffered against the Atlanta Falcons. I didn’t even think Jackson would be back this quickly, and now that he has returned, he looks to be back to full form.
9. When you need a big play against a good team, Trent Cole is your man.
Trent Cole always seems to come up with that big sack when you need it. He picked up one early yesterday and he strip sacked Manning on 4th and 18 in the final few minutes. Yeah, the refs threw in a gift penalty. But Cole shouldn’t have had a flag thrown. He provided what should have been the game’s biggest play against one of the game’s most dangerous receivers.
10. Sean McDermott coached like he was fighting for a job.
It had never happened during Jim Johnson’s tenure as defensive coordinator. Then Sean McDermott came along, and put together a defensive game plan successful enough to hold the Colts to just a single touchdown in the second half. Rumors of McDermott’s firing have been circulating for two weeks, following the Eagles’ embarrassing fourth quarter meltdown against the Titans. So McDermott did the one thing he most needed to do. He stopped Peyton Manning, and the Eagles improved to 5-3 on the season.