October 18 Camden Courier-Post:
“OK, Andy, so now who’s your starting quarterback?
A month ago, Eagles head coach Andy Reid named Michael Vick his starter for the rest of the season because Vick had played “out of his mind” while Kevin Kolb was out with a concussion.
But on Sunday, with Vick inactive as he recovers from a rib cartilage injury, Kolb unequivocally authored the finest victory of his career in the Eagles’ 31-17 shellacking of the red-hot Falcons, who had won four straight entering the game.
One week after passing for more than 250 yards against the 49ers and winning his first road game, Kolb registered a career-best 326 passing yards, three touchdowns and 133.6 passer rating.
When the Falcons cut the Eagles’ 21-point lead to 11, Kolb rifled a 40-yard pass down the left side through a whipping wind to Jeremy Maclin, who finished off the 83-yard touchdown connection that sealed the Eagles’ first home win.
“I don’t ever doubt it and I think the guys, when they see me throw it in practice, they don’t doubt it either,” said Kolb of his arm strength. “But I guess if there needed to be an answer, then today was a decent day for it.”
So, who will be Reid’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Tennessee and, perhaps more importantly, how long will DeSean Jackson be sidelined?
Jackson, the Pro Bowl wideout, had rushed for a 31-yard touchdown and caught a 34-yarder on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter before a violent collision with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson left him concussed.
It was a game of hard hits, most of them delivered by the Eagles’ defense, which held Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner to 45 rushing yards and sacked Matt Ryan three times. Ryan also threw three interceptions.
“We made a big statement,” said defensive end Trent Cole, who had two sacks.
“We’re a great team even though we’ve had some ugly games.”
Perhaps the biggest surprises Sunday were David Akers’ three missed field goal attempts (a first in his career) and that Kolb had ample time to throw, even with King Dunlap replacing injured Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters.”
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