– McNabb started like a man on fire, completing his first 15 passes. Granted, a lot of them were dinks and dunks to the backs in the flat, but that was what the Steelers’ D was giving them, and they were moving the ball. He didn’t look the same after the injury, however, which could be a cause for concern; he seemed to me to be visibly wincing and his throws were more erratic in the second half.
– Okay, so seeing Brian Westbrook leave the field nursing his ankle was just frightening. I almost swore off beer in a barter with God to keep him healthy; I realized my mistake almost immediately, and begged to retract the deal. He met me halfway – if Westbrook returns next week, I’m allowed to have Bud. It’s barely beer, but it’ll have to do. (Editor’s note: A just and compassionate God he is).
– Good job Correll Buckhalter. There is no replacing Westbrook, but Buckhalter avoided trouble in the backfield and consistently fell forward. Love the persistence of Buckhalter, both in getting himself on the field after knee problems, and in the way he runs. The leap into the endzone was pure heart on his part. Well done, sir.
– Hey Big Ben? How ya feelin’, buddy? Little sore, I bet. Unbelievable pressure from the D all game long. Jim Johnson the ‘ol blitz mojo running at an all time high, and the front four did a spectacular job of generating a rush when the blitz wasn’t on. 9 sacks, a forced safety and 3 turnovers? That, ladies and gentlemen, is championship defense.
– Was there anything more awesome in the whole game than seeing Brian Dawkins soaring through the air towards Big Ben, forcing the fumble and recovering it at the end of the game? The slow motion was incredible; he literally looks like he’s flying when he does his leap, he’s like a friggin’ bird (Editor’s note: Yeah, yeah, an Eagle, I know). Dawkins may not be quite the same in coverage, but the man has a nose for the ball and still makes clutch plays off of the blitz. I don’t care if, in 30 years, Dawkins is blitzing off of the corner using a walker – I don’t want to see the guy hang it up. (Editor’s note: You know he would walk in all slow and decrepit, realize he couldn’t jump, and just bash the QB in the helmet with his walker. And everyone would go nuts).
– Asante Samuel, you’re earning that check so far. Beautiful interception on the deep ball. Man just knows how to get at the football, and that’s why we’re paying him.
– Don’t think you can blame Kevin Kolb for the interception he threw. It looked as though L.J. got hit before the ball got to him – should have been pass interference.
– Wasn’t Willie Parker having a really good season so far? Yup, he sure was. Guess we’ll just call today a detour. The Eagles D held him to 20 yards on 13 carries. The Eagles D was like the Schukyll during rush hour – they kept everything to a crawl. (Editor’s note: This whole traffic theme is totally clever, isn’t it?) Game ball goes to the front 7 – they dominated the entire game, and were the reason the Steelers couldn’t get into the endzone all afternoon.
– Sav Rocca, you punted like a champ. I may have to get a Rocca jersey if he keeps this up. Alright, so there isn’t a chance in hell of that happening, but still good work by Rugby Rocca.
– To me, after 3 games, the Eagles have shown me two things: they can hang with just about anyone in a shoot-out, and they can survive a knock-down, drag-out affair. (Editor’s note: I remember my last drag-out affair…um, nevermind). The Eagles were in a fistfight today, and they punched harder and more often. Smashmouth, baby!