Originally posted on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 9/10/12

But 1-0 is a lot better than 0-1. Just ask Giants fans.

And actually, Eagles at Browns wasn’t universally a mess. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

This week’s stud honors are shared by two guys:: DRC and Kurt Coleman, each of whom came down with two picks. On a day when the offense needed the defense to carry them, the D delivered. Big time. OK, sure, it was against a team that decided that drafting a 28 year old rookie was a smart move, but still. Great job, Kurt and Dominique.

On to the bad:

Alex Henery missed another field goal. In a game when points were inexplicably hard to come by. I don’t care if he can hit from 55 if he can’t hit from 40 when it counts. I miss Akers.

Vick was a hot mess. Those four picks could easily have been more like eight if the Browns defenders had better hands. And they weren’t flukey, tipped bad luck passes that could happen to anyone. He was trying to force balls to guys who were double or even triple covered, while dancing around like his shoes were on fire. I’m not going to go all “PUT FOLES IN!” Yet.

And on a day when his QB was struggling and his star running back was ripping an average of 5+ yards a run, why oh why didn’t Andy Reid call more run plays? I know, I know – haven’t I been paying attention for the past 14 years? I have, of course, but hope springs eternal.

There were some bright spots as well. LeSean McCoy, aside from that extremely rare fumble, had a solid day. So did DeSean Jackson. The entire defense did well. Can I just tell you how much happier I am with our linebacker situation this year? A LOT. Of course, it also helped that Trent Richardson was more interested in hitting guys than looking for the hole. Chas Henry boomed some huge punts on a day when the Birds needed every bit of help they could possibly get.

But the brightest spot of all: even in the midst of a rapidly-escalating debacle, they pulled out a win. How many games like this did the Eagles NOT win last year? Michael Vick had a terrible day, they were sloppy as hell with the penalties, they committed FIVE turnovers – last year, this would’ve been a loss. They found a way to win. It wasn’t nice, it wasn’t pretty, it’s certainly not going to stand against any team but the Cleveland Browns, but when the game was on the line and they needed one good drive, they did it. It never should’ve had to come down to whether or not they could be clutch, but they were.

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