By the Numbers: Eagles Struggle in 17-16 Win Over Browns

The Eagles won. That’s not a surprise to anyone but the most diehard Cleveland Browns fan. But what is surprising and certainly concerning is how much the team struggled to get that win. Facing an underdog team with a rookie QB, the Eagles needed a clutch 4th quarter drive to get the victory. So what went wrong and what went right for the Birds in the 17-16 victory? Let’s break it down by the numbers.

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The Eagles won. That’s not a surprise to anyone but the most diehard Cleveland Browns fan. But what is surprising and certainly concerning is how much the team struggled to get that win. Facing an underdog team with a rookie QB, the Eagles needed a clutch 4th quarter drive to get the victory. So what went wrong and what went right for the Birds in the 17-16 victory? Let’s break it down by the numbers.
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The Eagles won. That’s not a surprise to anyone but the most diehard Cleveland Browns fan. But what is surprising and certainly concerning is how much the team struggled to get that win. Facing an underdog team with a rookie QB, the Eagles needed a clutch 4th quarter drive to get the victory. So what went wrong and what went right for the Birds in the 17-16 victory? Let’s break it down by the numbers.
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To put it simply, Eagles QB Mike Vick struggled. Coming off a preseason in which he only played for 12 snaps, Vick looked rusty and at several times seemed rattled by the Cleveland Browns defense. He went 29/56 with 317 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions, matching a career high. Still, the franchise QB stepped up at the most important time. More on that later…
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Penalties, some obvious, some questionable, plagued the team throughout the game. In all, the Eagles committed 12 penalties, giving up 110 yards in the process.
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The Eagles also turned the ball over five times with 4 interceptions from Vick and 1 fumble from LeSean McCoy. Amazingly, McCoy turned the ball over on his first possession after only turning the ball over once during the entire season last year.
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Despite fumbling on his first carry, Shady dominated the rest of the way, proving that his brilliant performance last year was no fluke. Shady ran for 110 yards on 20 carries.
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Jeremy Maclin finished with one touchdown and 96 yards on seven receptions.
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DeSean Jackson also performed well, finishing with 77 yards on four receptions.
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While the offense was inconsistent, the Eagles D was dominant throughout. They welcomed rookie QB Brandon Weeden to the league by making life miserable for him. Weeden was 12 for 35 for 118 yards, throwing four interceptions and zero touchdowns.
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CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a huge game with two interceptions.
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Safety Kurt Coleman had two picks as well. He also recovered from a nasty collision with running back Trent Richardson in which his helmet fell off.
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In the midst of a terrible second half and on the brink of an embarrassing loss, Michael Vick stepped up when it mattered the most. Down by 6, Vick led the team on a 16-play, 91-yard drive that was capped off by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor. A field goal from Alex Henery put the Birds up for good while another Kurt Coleman interception sealed the win.
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The bright side? The Eagles are 1-0. The down side? They have a lot of work to do. For a team that supposedly has Super Bowl aspirations, today's performance was unacceptable. Facing the Baltimore Ravens next week, the Birds can’t afford to turn in another sloppy performance against a team that can actually capitalize on mistakes.
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