Originally posted on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 10/8/12

Eagles at Steelers, Sunday, October 7, 2012


LeSean "Shady" McCoy brings the awesome.



Stud of the week: Of course, it’s LeSean McCoy. Not only did he make Larry Foote look foolish on his TD catch and run (I quote the ONE true thing Joe Buck has ever said announcing football: “One on one against McCoy, you have no shot. I don’t care who you are.”), the Eagles went for it on 4th down TWICE during the drive that led to the second touchdown. Who did they give it to? Shady. Did he pick both up? Indeed he did. And he smoked Lawrence Timmons in the process. As I posted to Facebook during the game: “Shady = Superman.”


People! Let’s not panic!


Yes, the Eagles lost. In Pittsburgh. To a team coming off their bye week. And a QB who has lost precisely ONE home game to ANY NFC team in his ENTIRE career (and thanks to Tommy Lawlor for the stat).


And yes, Michael Vick turned the ball over twice. But don’t assume that an additional 3 or 7 points from the Eagles in the first quarter automatically means a win. It doesn’t. Not that early in the game. And remember the Steelers got no points off either turnover.


The defense got no sacks on a QB who’s the most sacked guy in football. And no turnovers. Mike Tomlin clearly had his guys ready for the Eagles pass rush.


Here are a few good things:


Michael Vick, after fumbling twice, led yet another clutch fourth-quarter drive to give the Eagles the lead late. Yes, I know, the defense couldn’t hold, but it’s not like this is the Titans we’re talking about.


Andy Reid went for it on fourth down TWICE in that drive, including once when the Eagles were on THEIR OWN 30. Do they convert both at this time last year? No. Honestly, I think the fact that Big Red had the confidence in the team to do that and that they picked up both is maybe the most positive thing to take from the entire day.


And special teams wasn’t a disaster. Glad to see you back Colt Anderson!


Is the team perfect? No way, man. Where are the defensive takeaways? Where are the sacks? Why aren’t we seeing more big plays from DeSean Jackson (I don’t fault Jeremy Maclin, as he’s struggling with injury)? And speaking of injury, can I just say: offensive line? Yikes,


But Andy’s teams always finish stronger than they start. Does that equal a Super Bowl? Not necessarily, although there’s always the “get hot at the right time” hope. But a loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field is not a reason to jump off the Ben Franklin bridge. This was a very tough schedule to start the season. But the Eagles are 3-2 and leading the division. Hella better than last year’s 1-4, am I right? And, aside from the Browns, these are not patsy teams they’ve been facing. The combined record of the teams they’ve lost to is 6-3, and they handed the Ravens their only loss so far.


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