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Competition Breeds Success For Eagles

For Kevin Kolb, who head coach Andy Reid confirmed will start for the third consecutive week against the 4-2 Tennessee Titans, this Sunday is another opportunity to prove what he can do as the starting quarterback.

"You see that nothing's ever promised week to week and that's the one thing I've learned," Kolb said. "You have to bring it. This league is a what-can-you-do-next league. I have to forget about last week, as good as it was, we have to forget about it and go prove ourselves again against the Titans."

Sorry Kevin, but, for a moment, let's remember how good last week was. After all, Kolb was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week (the second time in his five-start career), for his performance against the Falcons when he threw for 326 yards, three touchdowns and a 133.6 quarterback rating.

With that out of the way, Kolb is right. Because of the Eagles' unique situation at quarterback - Kolb and Michael Vick are the two highest-rated quarterbacks in the NFC - there is no room for complacency.

"I think it helps you honestly," Kolb said. "I think when you have that mentality and you just focus on your opponent for that week, when you do that, you don't miss very many details.

"My outlook is ... I have to take it one week at a time and continue to prepare like a starter. That way I'm ready when my name's called. Whatever (coach Reid) decides, he decides. It's just my job to play good football."

And there will be plenty of challenges this week. Kolb and the Eagles offense face off in Nashville against a Titans defense that leads the NFL with 24 sacks, and they'll have to do it without their Pro Bowl wide receiver, DeSean Jackson.

"Everybody has to pick up their game a little bit because (Jackson's) such a great player," Kolb said, "but we have a lot of faith in the guys that are behind him ... We're still going to do our thing."

Kolb is confident in the wide receiver depth with the likes of Jason Avant and rookies Riley Cooper and Chad Hall, but he also has another No. 1 caliber receiver in Jeremy Maclin.

"I think the one thing that helps Mac a lot is his focus, his determination," Kolb said of the second-year receiver who had career-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (159) last week. "When he gets to the ball, he doesn't think anybody can cover him. He doesn't think anybody can get past him when he's blocking. That aggression that he has helps in all aspects. That's why he finds himself so wide open sometimes."

Reid mentioned during his press conference that Maclin and Jackson do a lot of friendly competing, something that pushes both of them to the next level. When asked about that dynamic, Kolb noted that the two are always arguing about who's faster or more explosive. But then, like everything else in football, the focus turned to the quarterback position.

"Competition always makes everybody better," Kolb said. "And not to go back to our deal, but it's good for me and Mike too. When you have good players around you, it makes you a better player."

We'll see if Kolb ups the ante this Sunday.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:37 p.m., October 20

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