The Eagles realize they weren't prepared for the blitz, and on defense they allowed Joe Webb to outplay Michael Vick. Webb's performance was even more impressive considering the Eagles' success on defense this season.
The Vikings blitzed early and often Tuesday, from all different angles, and the Eagles seemed ill-prepared for it. Vick was sacked a season-high six times, including three on corner and safety blitzes. Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield
had two sacks and a forced fumble that he returned for a touchdown.
"We just didn't expect the blitz," said right tackle Winston Justice
, who shouldn't have been surprised. Every team the Eagles have faced lately has sent the house after Michael Vick
. "We need to do a better job. There was confusion. And at this point in the season, we can't have that. We've got to pick it up."
The Eagles defense did not have a very good night. It gave up 118 rushing yards to Adrian Peterson and made rookie quarterback Joe Webb look like, well, like Michael Vick.
Webb outplayed Vick, completing 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and rushing for another 31 yards, including a big nine-yard touchdown run. He didn't throw an interception.
It was just the second time this season that the Eagles, who lead the league in interceptions with 23, failed to register a pick. The other time was a Week 12 loss to the Bears.
"We didn't execute on offense, defense or special teams," cornerback Asante Samuel said. "It's a team effort and we didn't make the plays to win the game, and they did."
The Vikings converted 6 of 13 third-down opportunities against the Eagles, including two on their final scoring drive in the fourth quarter after the Eagles had closed to within 3.
QB Michael Vick suffered a quadriceps bruise on the first play of the game. He played the entire game, but isn't expected to play this week against Dallas.
QB Kevin Kolb likely will get his fifth start of the season Sunday against the Cowboys. The game will have no bearing on the Eagles' playoff seeding and starting QB Michael Vick is nursing a bruised quadriceps.
DT Jeff Owens suffered a season-ending knee injury. He ruptured his patella tendon. He was just signed off the practice squad last week.
DT Trevor Laws sprained his shoulder. It isn't serious, but it's unlikely he'll play Sunday against the Cowboys.
CB Asante Samuel still hasn't completely recovered from the knee sprain that sidelined him for three games. He has played the last two games, but likely will be rested Sunday against the Cowboys.