It's been an interesting start for the Eagles this Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. With quarterback Mark Sanchez manning the offense, the team looks close to scoring its first points of the game. However, as the first quarter came to a close, the scored remained 7-0 in favor of the Lions. Here are a few takeaways from the opening 15 minutes ...
Sanchez-To-Burton For 43 Yards
After a disappointing start to the game, the Eagles' offense found some life with mere seconds remaining in the third quarter. After a 13-yard catch by Jordan Matthews and a 19-yard run from DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia moved its way to the Detroit 48. Sanchez then found tight end Trey Burton open, who picked up 43 yards on the catch and run and brought the team to the 5-yard line. As the quarter comes to an end, the Eagles are on the 1-yard line.
Jason Peters Injured
At the 11:26 mark of the first quarter, left tackle Jason Peters was injured. He went down after a Detroit player fell awkwardly on his left ankle. He was able to walk off the field on his own, but did not make his way back into the action during that opening drive. The Eagles adjusted their offensive line shifting Lane Johnson to fill in for Peters and bringing in Dennis Kelly to take over at right tackle. Currently, Peters is questionable to return.
Three-And-Out For Eagles Defense
Looking to bounce back from its less than stellar performance on Sunday, the Eagles' defense was quick to shut down the Lions on its first possession of the matchup. Detroit took over from its own 40 after a failed Caleb Sturgis field goal attempt, but moved back to the 35 after an illegal formation penalty. Quarterback Matthew Stafford failed to complete either of his two pass attempts, and linebacker Brandon Graham, playing in front of his hometown crowd, was credited with stopping running back Ameer Abdullah for a loss of 5 yards. The Lions were forced to punt with 8:21 remaining in the quarter.
Opening Points Go To Detroit
After standing tall on the first Lions possession, the Eagles' defense allowed Detroit to take a 7-0 lead on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Theo Riddick. The Lions moved the ball 65 yards in eight plays, taking 4:27 off the clock. Earlier in the drive, Riddick also caught a 23-yard pass, which has been Detroit's longest passing play thus far.
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