In every phase of the game today (except David Akers), the Eagles played great. I didn’t say perfect but they outplayed the Falcons in each every facet of the game. You’ve got to give Andy Reid and his staff credit for the team’s performance.
The Birds schemes on both sides of the ball were a step or two ahead of Atlanta all day long. This is one of the reasons, Reid’s teams have had so much success over the years. He is a tremendous game planner and they did an outstanding job today.
Eagles receivers were running around wide open and Kevin Kolb was executing the game plan with precision. The reverse to DeSean Jackson caught the Falcons unprepared and it got into the head of defensive end John Abraham. He was unsure about when to turn it loose and when to take it easy.
The touchdown catch by Jackson was a great play against the defense they were facing. They were facing a double-zone coverage and put Jackson in the slot. They knew if nobody jammed Jackson he could get a free release and put pressure on the safety immediately.
Jackson got a free release and headed down the seam. The outside receiver released and sped down the sideline. The safety was in a no man’s land. He tried to cover both of them, so Kolb looked outside to freeze him then put one on a rope to Jackson on the post.
It was like taking candy from a baby. Jackson was wide open. This was a great play call against that defense.
Their offensive line dominated the Falcons and I have to give King Dunlap credit for proving me wrong. He kicked Abraham’s butt. The line gave Kevin Kolb all the time in the world to deliver the ball.
It was Reid and his staff that decided to go with Dunlap against Abraham after he gave up three sacks last week. I didn’t have confidence in him but Andy did and the young man did the job. You’ve got to give him credit for getting the job done.
If Atlanta was supposed to be the best team in the NFC right now, I think the Eagles can lay claim to that crown. They beat the Falcons in every phase of the game including special teams which was a change from what we’ve seen so far this season.
On the defensive side, the Eagles were run blitzing against the Falcons running game. The Birds must attack in order to stop the run. They were shooting gaps and tackling Michael Turner in the backfield.
Sean McDermott kept Matt Ryan and his offense off balance all day long.
Whatever got to them to play so well today, they should bottle it so they’ll be able to do again next week.