In their first two games, the Eagles have held their opponents to a total of just 357 yards; 178 yards to Oakland and 179 to Cleveland. They've also pulled in three interceptions and have nine sacks; not bad for a team that couldn't seem to find their way to a quarterback just one season ago.
For the second game in a row, the Eagles scored on their first drive of the game. Donovan McNabb hooked up with Hank Baskett on a nice, over-the-shoulder catch that went for 33 yards to the Browns' two yard line. From there though, the Cleveland defense stiffened and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal to go up 3-0. Baskett, who is quickly moving toward a spot in the Eagles' starting lineup, caught two passes from McNabb in the game's early moments.
The game remained 7-0 until the third quarter when Jeff Garcia, who had a less than stellar showing against Oakland, connected with Dernerian McCants for a 32 yard touchdown pass. Eagles' quarterbacks finished the day going 16-for-21 for 205 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions.
The banged up Eagles backfield took another hit when Reno Mahe, seeing a lot of playing time because of injuries to other running backs, suffered a concussion, ending his night. It was the second game in a row that the Eagles lost a running back to a concussion. Thomas Tapeh and Jason Davis came to camp as fullbacks, but found themselves filling in for Mahe the rest of the way. Tapeh scored a third quarter touchdown on a four-yard carry as the Eagles took a 17-0 lead. The Eagles collected 104 yards on 39 carries.
If there was a downside to the game for coach Andy Reid, it was penalties. The Eagles were penalized 12 times for 87 yards and hurt their scoring chances with penalties on a couple of drives.
After playing two games in five days, the Eagles are now off until next Thursday when they travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens.