In hot and steamy Jacksonville, the Eagles got their second win of the season on Sunday behind the stellar play of quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was breathtaking, yet again, completing 17-of-34 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to turn the ball over this season, and has now posted three straight games with 100-plus QB rating (119.2 rating). It's the first time he's accomplished that feat in his career.
Andy Reid told reporters that Vick is playing his style of game, but doing so within the offensive game plan.
"Michael got in and executed and did a nice job," Reid said. "He put his own flare to it. So when he takes off and runs, there's a threat there. I don't want him to change that part of his game. I want him to be able to move in the pocket a little bit and be able to throw.
"He's not a statue back there, and he'll never be a statue. That's not what we want. We want him to put his name on the offense and let his personality show a little bit within the scheme."
But Sunday's game wasn't all about No. 7.
The Eagles defense was upset after allowing Detroit to claw its way back into the game last week, and vowed to shut the door if given the chance this week. They were given the chance, and stayed true to their word.
Jaguars quarterback David Garrard completed just 13-of-30 passes for 105 yards and an interception, good for a 38.9 QB rating. More importantly, the Eagles defense contained All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew. While he gained 88 yards on 22 carries, Jones-Drew was never able to make a serious impact on the game. One guy who helped defend the run was defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was activated for the first time this season. Tapp recorded two tackles and got his first sack as a Philadelphia Eagle. Reid said after the game that he was counting on Tapp, and all 270 pounds of him, to help control the Jaguars daunting rushing attack.
"We put Tapp up for this game, and what that allowed us to do is have a guy who can also stop the run in there, and the pass," Reid said. "So we were able to get a little rotation going with that ...I thought he played well from what I saw."
One of Tapp's linemates, defensive tackle Trevor Laws, had arguably the best game of his career. Laws had six tackles, two for a loss, one sack, and disrupted countless other plays.
After a wild week at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles responded with a solid all-around effort in Jacksonville. The offense outgained Jacksonville 373 yards to 184, and the defense held the Jaguars to 54 net yards passing (the lowest surrendered by an Eagles team since 2001). Not to be outdone, the special teams got in the mix as well. They forced the Jaguars to start, on average, from their own 23-yard line. Reid was impressed with his team's ability to fight through the distractions this week, but said that he expected nothing less.
"I expect high-level play every week, that's how I go about it," Reid said. "We work too hard not to expect that, the players and the coaches. But the ball has to bounce right and you have to get some breaks, you have to keep your energy level up and your 'want to' up. This group did that today, and I'm proud of that."
-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 8:36 p.m., September 26