With the Carolina Panthers clearly keying on him Sunday, running back Brian Westbrook was held to his second-lowest rushing and receiving output of the season. Westbrook finished with 90 yards from scrimmage, catching four passes for 26 yards and rushing for 64 yards on 13 carries. But 57 of those 64 rushing yards came on the Eagles' final possession of the game, including a 42-yard touchdown run.
"I thought they did a good job of stopping the run for a little bit there," Westbrook said. "We didn't execute as well as we should have."
Said coach Andy Reid: "Brian is not a secret anymore. People know who he is and what he can do. That will be the challenge for the offense -- to make sure he can be productive each week."
The Eagles became only the second team in the last 35 years to open the season with five straight double-digit victories. The other team to do it was the '99 St. Louis Rams, who went on to win the Super Bowl that year.
CB Lito Sheppard has a spiral-bound notebook that he uses to help him prepare for the Eagles' next opponent. Last week, in the top margin, above all of the stuff about the Carolina Panthers' tendencies and formations, Sheppard doodled this message to himself: "You will get two INTs this week. Know that." Sure enough, that's exactly what Sheppard did Sunday, intercepting his first two passes of the season against the Panthers, including one that he returned 64 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles' 30-8 victory. "We've been playing hard each week but haven't been able to come up with too many (turnovers)," Sheppard said. "But we knew if we kept making plays, they would come. And they'd come in bunches." The Eagles, who had just one interception in their first four games, intercepted Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme four times. Cornerback Rod Hood and linebacker Dhani Jones had the other two.
MLB Mark Simoneau suffered a sprained foot in Sunday's win over Carolina and is expected to be listed as questionable for this week's game against Cleveland. Simoneau injured the foot in the second quarter and missed only five plays. X-rays and an MRI didn't turn up any serious damage. Coach Andy Reid said Simoneau probably wouldn't practice on Wednesday, when the team begins its preparations for the Cleveland game.
LB Jeremiah Trotter could get his first start of the season Sunday. Trotter, the club's starting middle linebacker from '99 to '01, has been backing up Mark Simoneau since re-signing with the club in June. But Simoneau sprained his foot Sunday against Carolina and is iffy for this week's game.
FB Josh Parry, making just his second NFL start, had a tough game Sunday. He dropped two passes, including one that would have given the Eagles a first down in the red zone, missed two blocks and was called for a hold.
CB Matt Ware, subbing for injured Dexter Wynn as the fourth corner in the Eagles' dime cover package, saw his first action of the season Sunday. He was in for eight snaps and played well.
CB Dexter Wynn is hoping to return this week after missing Sunday's game with an injured hamstring. Wynn is the club's fourth corner in their dime cover package. He was replaced by fellow rookie Matt Ware.
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