By the Numbers: Eagles Win Battle of the Birds

In a game that many, including our own “experts” believed they would lose, the Eagles came out on top in a thrilling 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s break it down by the numbers.

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Michael Vick received plenty of criticism following his shaky performance during the week 1 game against the Browns. Things seemed to be going down that road once again for Vick after he threw a crucial interception on the opening drive when the Birds were in the red zone. He shook it off however and turned in a solid performance.
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In a game that many, including our own “experts” believed they would lose, the Eagles came out on top in a thrilling 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s break it down by the numbers.
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DeSean Jackson got into scuffles with several Ravens players, most notably Cary Williams. The repeated confrontations seemed to motivate him even more. He finished with 114 yards on seven receptions.
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Shady McCoy finished the game with another fumble but also another strong performance. He rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.
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Jeremy Maclin left the game in the third quarter after suffering another hip pointer. He finished with one touchdown and 23 yards off one reception.
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Brent Celek had a great game, earning 157 yards on eight receptions. He also made a spectacular play that’s sure to make the rounds on Sports Center, jumping over Ravens cornerback Ed Reed after making a catch.
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Despite a solid first half, Ravens QB Joe Flacco struggled in the second as the Eagles defense completely shut him down. He finished 22 for 42, throwing for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
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Ray Rice was the most productive player on the Ravens offense during the game. He finished with 99 yards on 16 carries.
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DeMeco Ryans (right) was once again dominant. He picked up his first sack of the season as well as his first interception since 2007.
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Once again, Vick came through when it mattered the most, leading the team on his second straight game winning drive. He finished the game going 23 for 32 with 371 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
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Here are some truly historic stats. The Eagles are 2-0 for the first time since 2004 when they went to the Super Bowl. They’re the first team to go 2-0 in 29 years while committing nine or more turnovers in their first two games. They’re also the first team since the 1981 Falcons to commit four turnovers in each of their first two games and win both. Finally, they're the first team in 62 years to open the season with two one-point wins.
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Despite all the problems and sloppiness, the Eagles are 2-0. And unlike last week, they beat a team with legit Super Bowl aspirations. Eagles fans have a lot to be concerned about. But after Sunday’s victory, they also have many reasons to be excited.
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