Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In watching last night's game, we were reminded how lethal Donovan McNabb can be when he has time in the pocket. You could tell he was playing with supreme confidence because he was delivering balls into tight windows downfield. He's much better on downfield throws than he is on short passes, and that was certainly on display against the Browns.
Why did the Browns not bring more pressure? I'm still asking myself that question. John Fisher of ESPN Stats and Analysis told the NFC East blog this morning that McNabb was 20 of 23 for 226 yards and two touchdowns when the Browns rushed four or fewer defenders.
When the Browns rushed five or more players, McNabb was 6 of 12 for 64 yards and an interception. If you give the man enough time, he'll pick you apart. And if you stayed up late to watch the ESPN postgame show, you heard McNabb say that he's still not pleased with how the benching went down and that he doesn't think it has anything to do with his personal improvement.
Well, I'm not so sure. In the three games since Andy Reid sat him down, McNabb has thrown for seven touchdowns and just one interception. Except for the underthrown ball in the end zone late in the first half, he was nearly flawless against the Browns. This team is rolling.