August 21 Camden Courier-Post
Interceptions by defensive backs Dimitri Patterson and Quintin Mikell set up two David Akers field goals and helped the Eagles overcome Jeremy Maclin’s fumble, a slew of penalties and quarterback Kevin Kolb’s inability to get the starting offense into end zone for the second time in two exhibitions.
It’s safe to say the defense is well ahead of the offense. Who would have predicted that turn of the tables when camp opened nearly a month ago?
“We were a little stagnant on the first three drives there. We needed to pick the energy level up,” Kolb admitted while also acknowledging the red-zone offense’s problems. “Again, we just have to execute in the red zone. I missed a throw there — and we also had that penalty that cost us. It was a positive day, but we have to start fine-tuning those details.”
By halftime, when the starters were removed, the Eagles’ first-team offense still hadn’t scored a touchdown in three quarters of preseason work.
Although he overthrew Jason Avant in the end zone, Kolb really wasn’t the culprit for another stale offensive showing.
Some especially sharp throws on the run moved the chains against the Bengals’ defense, but penalties on the offensive line and some porous interior blocking kept the Eagles from generating an offensive flow in the first quarter.
Maclin’s fumble, while fighting for extra yardage on the Eagles’ last possession of the first quarter, spoiled a chance to at least put three points on the board.
“First of all, they have a good defense,” Kolb said. “Our running game needs to get going a little bit earlier. We need to get into a better rhythm, I think. If we had gotten a couple of five- or six-play drives, it would help us.”
The Eagles were flagged five times for 27 yards in the first half, but some other penalties were declined. Left tackle Jason Peters and left guard Max Jean-Gilles were each called for creating an illegal formation near the end zone, and right tackle Winston Justice was also flagged twice on separate plays.”
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