Friday, October 8, 2010

Eagles @ 49ers preview

Washington got the best of the Eagles on the scoreboard in last week's 17-12 loss, but I would hardly call this game a testament that trading Donovan McNabb in the offseason was a huge mistake.

If you look at his overall performance it was very typical of why Philadelphia decided to go in a different direction with Kevin Kolb and recently Michael Vick in the first place. He ended the game completing just 8-of-19 attempts for 125 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. These are hardly numbers that justify trying to sign McNabb to a huge contract extension. His biggest asset in this game was his feet, scrambling for 39 yards including 18 yards for a key first down at the end of the game.

Even with this play, McNabb did not win this game for the Redskins, the Eagles lost it with turnovers, stupid penalties, and all-around sloppy play. After what I saw last Sunday, Washington still looks very much like the team that only managed to win four games last season.

Do not get me wrong, I was and still am a big Donovan McNabb fan, but it is highly doubtful the Eagles would be any better than their current 2-2 record if he was still with the team.

There are problems with a run defense that is giving up an average of 138.8 yards per game and special teams that are continually giving opposing teams excellent field position on both kick and punt coverage. These obviously have nothing to do with the quarterback position.

If you breakdown the Eagles offensive numbers, they are ranked 12th in passing, 11th in rushing, and eighth in total yards and points per game. There is a much better balance between the pass and the run and once Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy are healthy, they will be back to full strength.

In the meantime, Kevin Kolb will get his job back for at least Sunday night's game against the 49ers as the Eagles try to get by without two of their biggest offensive stars against a team that is 0-4, but still very dangerous at home. At this point, a win in this game would be a bonus and do not be surprised if Philly is still tied for the lead in the division even if they lose this one.

Here is a link to a brief preview of my top 3 matchups in the NFC this week including this game. It was originally posted on SportsBook Lists.

Top 3 NFC Matchups-Week 5

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