1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2007
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
|Reversing The Trend|
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was off to a slow start in the first two games of the season, but that turned around against the Detroit Lions.
|1st 2 games||Sunday|
The Eagles opened the 2003 season 0-2 after a less-than-impressive start by quarterback Donovan McNabb. But a Week 3 win over Buffalo turned the Eagles' season around four years ago. Will 2007 follow suit?
|W vs. Buf||W vs. Det|
|* All statistics through Week 2|
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did a great job of calling plays to get the ball to running back Brian Westbrook and establish the run game early. Westbrook took advantage of the outside zone running tracks the the Philly offensive line made for him as the Eagles easily handled the Lions defensive front 7. The Eagles' running game featured a steady dose of the zone scheme along with the occasional flip play, where the offensive line blocked in one direction to make the defense react and Westbrook getting the ball and heading the other direction to get to the opposite edge running the ball. Once Philadelphia got Westbrook and the ground game going, it opened up the play-action pass game for QB Donovan McNabb to get the ball to Kevin Curtis and the rest of the Eagles' wideouts.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
• Complete Week 3 Scouts Buzz
Curtis surpassed his career-best 105 yards receiving in just the first quarter, getting 132. ... The teams had 63 points and 763 total yards in the first half. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson has a bruised lower back. ... Eagles LT William Thomas has a mild knee strain and All-Pro G Shawn Andrews briefly left after getting poked in the eye. ... Trent Cole had three of Philly's sacks.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||8.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||11:59||Brian Westbrook 25 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||0||7|
|TD||09:07||Kevin Jones 2 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick)||7||7|
|TD||03:41||Brian Westbrook 5 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||7||14|
|TD||03:04||Kevin Curtis 68 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)||7||21|
|TD||12:45||Kevin Curtis 12 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)||7||28|
|TD||11:32||Kevin Curtis 43 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)||7||35|
|TD||08:45||Shaun Mcdonald 11 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick)||14||35|
|TD||05:01||Roy Williams 91 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick)||21||35|
|TD||01:49||Brian Westbrook 43 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)||21||42|
|TD||02:24||Correll Buckhalter 1 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||21||49|
|TD||07:27||Tony Hunt 1 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||21||56|