The quarterback situation gets interesting. With Michael Vick getting treatment on his injured hamstring Monday morning, the storyline for this week seems obvious. Will Vick be ready for Sunday’s game against winless Tampa Bay? If not, can Nick Foles excel in the same stadium where he made his only winning start of 2012? And how will all of that emerge from Chip Kelly’s personal microprocessor? Foles’ two fourth-quarter touchdown passes put the Eagles over their highest point total of the season, but it must be noted that he was handed a short field three times courtesy of interceptions by the Eagles’ defense. This will be a topic for discussion all week.
The turnovers finally came. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis promised that turnovers would “come in bunches” once the Eagles' defense settled into its proper techniques and responsibilities. The defense didn’t play a great game against Eli Manning and the Giants on Sunday, but it generated enough pressure to force mistakes. Manning was under pressure on all three fourth-quarter picks, and he committed three penalties for intentional grounding. Of course, Manning was leading the league in turnovers before the Eagles got to him, so it’s fair to question whether the Eagles played that much better.
The kicker was good. There was some public concern about Alex Henery after the kicker missed a field goal in three consecutive losses, including a three-point loss to San Diego. Kelly continued to voice confidence, saying that Henery struck the ball consistently in practice. But practice isn’t a game, and the pressure is different. On Sunday, Henery made 5 of 5 field goal attempts, the longest coming from 41 yards. But he still hasn’t made a long pressure kick in a game. Until he does, it will be fair to wonder about him.
DeSean was DeSean again. It wasn’t just because DeSean Jackson caught seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, either. Jackson was in at least one post-whistle shoving match and mimicked Victor Cruz’s “Salsa” touchdown celebration. “Just having a little fun,” Jackson said. The game is much more fun for the speedy wideout when he’s targeted 12 times, as he was Sunday. Vick hit him for a 56-yard gain and Foles connected with him on a nicely designed 5-yard touchdown.