Aug 202011
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Observations from loss to Steelers

August 20  CSN Philly 

Here are five observations from Thursday’s 24-14 Eagles smack down in Pittsburgh.  This could be a positive for the Eagles. I made the point on Comcast SportsNet immediately after the game and everyone looked at me like I lost my mind.  I’m not going to claim there were a lot of silver linings in the game itself. Mike Kafka played well in the fourth quarter, good for him, but it was garbage time in a preseason game. It was little consolation considering what we saw in the first half.

Eagles Lose Bad

August 20 Courier-Post 

The Eagles are far from the awful “Dream Team” label that has been thrust on them by the media. They’ve been trying to say that this isn’t a dream team and they proved it last night in Pittsburgh. The score wasn’t even as close as it ended up being. We only lost by 10 but it wasn’t that close. Michael Vick looked scared, frankly, that the constant Pittsburgh blitz rattled him early and he just couldn’t get anything going. This is Pittsburgh’s M.O. and this is what they do to teams so we really shouldn’t be surprised. One a good note is LeSean McCoy looked good and we should probably focus around him for the season. King Dunlap needs to go.

Eagles’ rookie LB Matthews has a long way to go

August 20 CSN Philly 

It took Byron Evans three years to lock down the middle linebacker spot. It took Jeremiah Trotter two years. Casey Matthews has had three weeks.  What Matthews is going through right now is probably inevitable. He’s a rookie trying to start at middle linebacker for a team with playoff aspirations in a year without an off-season.  Will he eventually become a solid NFL starter? No way to know yet.  Is he there now? Pretty clearly, he’s not.

Young receivers one of few bright spots for Eagles

August 20 Allentown Morning Call 

There was plenty of blame to go around Thursday night after the Eagles fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, 24-14.  You could point a finger at quarterback Michael Vick and his three interceptions, or perhaps call out the starting defense as whole, which conceded two touchdowns to Ben Roethlisberger and his fellow first-teamers on offense in their only two appearances of the game.  One unit that deserves a positive shout-out is Philadelphia’s receiving corps, particularly the handful of players who are longshots to stick with the team into the regular season.

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