Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/25/12
The Eagles had an initial scare Thursday night when rookie Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns drove the ball down the field efficiently on their first drive, creating serious question marks in the incipient stages of the game. The Cleveland Browns were able to manufacture a starting drive that traveled to the Eagles’ two-yard line before a penalty brought them back 10 yards.Then Derek Landri was able to stop the bleeding when he sacked and stripped Weeden and Trent Cole deftly jumped on the ball. Nonetheless, mistakes before the stop were left littered all over the field.    Nnamdi Asomugha had no clue about the ball being thrown his way on the Browns’ first reception of the night before giving up another reception due to loose coverage. Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, an offseason free-agent acquisition whom the Eagles brought in to be a guiding veteran presence to a group of young linebackers, was sloppy with his tackling and was ineffective in reading the offense. Starting w...
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