The Philadelphia Eagles‘ offensive line struggled mightily against a stout Kansas City Chiefs defensive line. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Justin Houston took rookie Lane Johnson to school beating him multiple times for sacks.
Michael Vick was pressured for much of the night, a contributing factor in his poor performance on Thursday Night. A surprising development was the struggle of Jason Peters. Tamba Hali handled him a few times, got pressure in on the quarterback a number of times and also registered a sack. Peters didn’t have his best night.
To the offensive line’s credit, this is an outstanding Chiefs defensive front. The defense is loaded with Pro Bowl talent and it really showed last night. The secondary, led by shutdown corner Brandon Flowers, blanketed DeSean Jackson, and the big men up front took advantage of the time they were afforded and teed off on this offensive line.
This game was a learning experience in particular for Johnson. This was in a way his ‘welcome to the NFL‘ moment. As a rookie he was bound to have his struggles. The key for the young lineman is how he bounces back.
My money is on him not having a performance like this again any time soon. The kid rarely makes the same mistakes twice and obviously has all the physical gifts in the world. As far as Peters is concerned games like this for him happen once in a blue moon. I fully expect him to return to his Pro Bowl form for the remainder of the season.
It was a rough night for the offense as a whole, and that started up front. Between the turnovers and the shoddy offensive line play there was a familiarity in the air of last year’s 4-12 debacle. The Eagles had better get this cleaned up. They face their toughest challenge yet going into Mile High Stadium to take on the Denver Broncos.
They will need to be at their best on both sides of the ball to even compete with Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl contending Broncos.