PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even being spectators didn't bring Donovan
McNabb and Terrell Owens together.
McNabb watched from the press box and Owens looked on from the
bench as the New York Jets' backups dominated the Philadelphia
Eagles' junior varsity in a 37-14 victory Thursday night.
Chad Pennington played one series for the Jets, completing all
three of his passes and leading the offense into the end zone.
Rashad Washington returned an interception 99 yards for a score,
and Derrick Blaylock and Little John Flowers each had TD runs.
"If there was a positive, it was an opportunity to see the
young guys," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "I'm not happy with
their performance out there. It wasn't very good."
No matter how tenuous their relationship, it's clear the Eagles
need McNabb and Owens on the field. The five-time Pro Bowl
quarterback and the All-Pro wideout have been feuding and aren't on
speaking terms. But they connected five times for 131 yards,
including a 64-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage, last
week in their lone appearance together this preseason.
Backup quarterback Koy Detmer played poorly and the rest of
Philadelphia's reserves didn't have much success.
The NFC champion Eagles open the season in Atlanta on Sept. 12
in a rematch of the conference title game. The Jets open at Kansas
City a day earlier.
With most of the starters sitting out, both coaches got extended
looks at players fighting for roster spots and jockeying for
positions on the depth chart. Herman Edwards had to be more pleased
"He's right where he's supposed to be," Jets coach Herman
Edwards said of Pennington. "Everybody made a big deal of how he
played last week. It wasn't his arm. It was his decision-making."
Pennington, still adjusting to a new offense while trying to get
into rhythm after offseason shoulder surgery, led the Jets 65 yards
in eight plays on the opening drive.
He completed passes of 15 and 7 yards to Chris Baker, setting up
Blaylock's 5-yard scoring run. Last week, Pennington threw two
interceptions in the end zone against the Giants.
"I'm still learning a lot in this offense and it doesn't count
until Sept. 11, so I'm learning everything I can," Pennington
said. "I'm trying to put the physical and mental together. I feel
good mentally. I just need to continually work on my feet, my reads
and try to put my feet and reads together. I'm working with my body
and being aware of everything around me."
Rookie kicker Mike Nugent kicked field goals of 48, 35 and 33
yards, triple his total coming in. The Jets are counting on Nugent
after going through heartache when Doug Brien missed field goals
from 47 and 43 yards in the final minutes of regulation in an
overtime loss to Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
Mike McMahon, who replaced Detmer halfway through the second
quarter, had an 8-yard TD run on the opening drive of the third
quarter. But Washington picked off McMahon's pass at the 1 and ran
it back to put the Jets ahead 34-7.
Second-year pro Bruce Perry ran in from the 3 for Philadelphia's
other score. Perry, unlikely to make the team despite a solid
preseason, ran for 76 yards and caught four passes for 33 yards.
But he left with a knee and ankle injury late and his status wasn't
Detmer, entering his ninth season with the Eagles, was outplayed
by McMahon in the preseason. However, Detmer will remain McNabb's
backup mainly because he's the holder for kicker David Akers.
Detmer finished 3-of-8 for 47 yards and one interception.
McMahon completed 15 of 27 passes for 144 yards and two
"Things started all right and then tapered off," Detmer said.
"We did some good things; we did some bad things."
Edwards said T Marko Kavka may have fractured his wrist.
"It didn't look good," Edwards said. ... Reid acknowledged the
Eagles worked out former Redskins WR Darnerian McCants on
Wednesday. "We are keeping our eyes open with all these guys, but
he did have a good workout," he said. ... The Jets and Eagles
played against each other in the preseason for the fifth straight
year and 20th time in the last 21. The Eagles are 7-0 against the
Jets in the regular season.