Chris Steuber's Live Blog - Week 3

WarNest.com's Chris Steuber blogs you through today's Eagles/Lions game. This is a huge game for the Eagles, as they try to get their first win of the season against the surprising 2 - 0 Lions.

4:19 p.m. – The Eagles finished the day with career days out of many players. McNabb was on point and showed great poise and accuracy in this blow out victory over the Lions. Kevin Curtis was phenomenal, on his way to a career day hauling in 11 receptions for 221 yards and three touchdowns. This was a game the Eagles need to get their confidence back and this could catapult their season into the right direction.

Final Score – Eagles 56, Lions 21

4:09 p.m. – How about the Eagles defense today. Trent Cole has four sacks today, and the team as a whole totaled eight. This was a great game all-around by the Eagles offensively and defensively.

4:01 p.m. – Kevin Kolb will make his first professional appearance during the next Eagles offensive series.

3:56 p.m. – The game is slowing down a little bit offensively, and is turning into a defensive game. That sounds a little odd when the score is Eagles 49, Lions 21 with about eight minutes remaining in the game. I’m a disappointed that the Phillies didn’t win today against the Nationals. It would have been a huge win, but tomorrow is another day. The Lions fumbled the ball at their own 30-yard line and the Eagles recovered. McNabb looked for Matt Schobel in the endzone, but the Lions defense was called for pass interference, which resulted in the ball being placed at the one-yard line. Tony Hunt scored his first NFL touchdown two plays later.

7:27 remaining in the fourth quarter – Eagles 56, Lions 21

3:40 p.m. – The Eagles started the final frame going three and out. Eagles punter Sav Rocca punted away his second punt of the day to Troy Walters. The Eagles special teams unit has been playing well today.

3:33 p.m.End of the third quarter - Eagles 49, Lions 21

3:23 p.m. – After the Lions failed to get anything going on offense, the Eagles took over and went on a drive that lasted over six minutes and totaled 11 plays for over 60 yards. The result of the drive was a two-yard touchdown run by Correll Buckhalter. One concerning thing was too see Brian Westbrook run gingerly over to the sideline, after he was hit on his knee by Ernie Sims after a run during the drive. I think the Eagles can rest Westbrook the rest of this game now leading by 28-points.

2:24 remaining in the third quarter – Eagles 49, Lions 21

3:05 p.m. – The Eagles got the ball to open up the second half, but were unable to establish a drive, as the Lions defense stepped up and held the Eagles to a three and out. Since the first half was dominated by offense, maybe the second half both team’s defenses will come to life?

2:46 p.m. – A little defense was on display as the halftime approached. The Lions were driving, as they were on the Eagles 27-yard line, and Jon Kitna fired for the endzone, but Eagles safety Sean Considine was there to make the interception. Heading into halftime, the Eagles have a 21-point advantage.

End of the first half - Eagles 42, Lions 21

2:38 p.m. – I am at a loss for words. This game resembles a Madden 08 video game. The Eagles have just scored their sixth touchdown in the first half. This was a team that scored only one touchdown through their first two games, and now they break out for six in a half of football. This is crazy. The latest score was by Brian Westbrook, who took a screen pass from Donovan McNabb, escaped three defenders on his way to a 43-yard touchdown. In the first half, McNabb has completed 14-of-15 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns. Westbrook has 200 yards of total offense (102 rushing, 98 receiving) and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving). Kevin Curtis has nine receptions for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Talk about fantasy football.

1:49 remaining in the second quarter - Eagles 42, Lions 21

2:28 p.m. – What a crazy game. The Eagles were in the redzone at the 10-yard line. McNabb was ready to fire for the Eagles six consecutive touchdown, but Lions defensive end Cory Smith overpowered Brian Westbrook and knocked the ball loose from McNabb before his arm came forward. The Lions got the ball and quicker than a hiccup, Kitna found Roy Williams on a 10-yard slant route, which resulted into a 91-yard touchdown. This game is turning into a classic shootout.

5:01 remaining in the second quarter - Eagles 35, Lions 21

2:18 p.m. – This game isn’t over yet. The Eagles are playing very well on the offense, but you can never count out the Lions passing attack. Calvin Johnson made a spectacular leaping grab near the Eagles sideline for a 35-yard gain. After making the grab, Johnson was down on the ground for a few minutes and apparently hurt his back on the play. Johnson walked off the field, but was carted into the Lions locker room for observation. The Lions finished the drive with a Shaun McDonald 11-yard touchdown reception. The Lions cut into the Eagles lead, but the Eagles are currently driving down the field again.

8:45 remaining in the second quarter - Eagles 35, Lions 14

2:07 p.m. – The only thing I can say at this point is that I hope everyone who has Kevin Curtis and Donovan McNabb on their fantasy teams that they started them. Curtis and McNabb hooked up for their third touchdown connection of the day – this one being a 43-yard hookup.

11:32 remaining in the second quarter - Eagles 35, Lions 7

1:59 p.m. – The McNabb to Curtis connection continues in the second quarter. McNabb connected with Curtis for his second touchdown of the day, giving the Eagles total control in this game. The offensive line is playing outstanding giving McNabb all the time he needs to make his throws.

12:45 remaining in the second quarter - Eagles 28, Lions 7

1:52 p.m. – At the end of the first quarter, Kevin Curtis has really shined in the opening frame. He has six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. McNabb has looked terrific leading the Eagles offense today. The Eagles are dominating the Lions.

End of the first quarter - Eagles 21, Lions 7

1:44 p.m. – What a difference a week makes. Is this the same inept Eagles offense that struggled against the Washington Redskins? Donovan McNabb looks like a completely different quarterback today. He just connected with Kevin Curtis on a 68-yard touchdown strike giving the Eagles a commanding 14-point lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

3:04 remaining in the first quarter - Eagles 21, Lions 7

1:35 p.m. – Practice… are we talking about practice? I don’t think Brian Westbrook has to practice more than once a week, because he’s dominating the Lions defense today. He’s so versatile that he has the Detroit defense confused. Westbrook just rushed for his second touchdown of the game, a touchdown that was challenged by Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, because Westbrook fumbled the ball as he entered the endzone. The play stood as a touchdown for the Eagles, and Philly takes a seven-point lead.

3:41 remaining in the first quarter - Eagles 14, Lions 7

1:22 p.m. – As good as the Eagles defense looked during their first defensive series, the Lions passing attack got it together, as Jon Kitna found Roy Williams cutting across the field for a 54-yard gain setting up Detroit’s first touchdown of the game. Chester, PA native Kevin Jones got the Lions on the board with a 2-yard run, tying the score at 7.

9:03 remaining in the first quarter - Eagles 7, Lions 7

1:15 p.m. – This looks like a completely different Eagles team today. Maybe it’s the new colors, but the offense and defense look to be on top of their game. Brodrick Bunkley had a strong first defensive series for Philadelphia. He recorded a sack and showed a strong push off the line. McNabb is not wearing his brace today and showed great accuracy hitting Kevin Curtis twice on the Eagles first offensive drive. The drive ended with a Brian Westbrook 27-yard touchdown run.

11:50 remaining in the first quarter - Eagles 7, Lions 0

12:59 p.m. – Wow… The field at Lincoln Financial Field looks crazy. I never thought I’d see the day when the Eagles would wear powder blue and yellow uniforms in place of Eagles green. To see blue and yellow endzone’s and a huge throwback helmet in the middle of the Eagles gridiron; it’s truly surreal.

12:45 p.m. – We’re about 20 minutes from kickoff and there are some key inactive players for today’s game. Brian Dawkins and Lito Sheppard are inactive today, and that will be huge for the Lions as they have two of the most dangerous receivers in the game – Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. Also inactive today for Philadelphia - linebacker Pago Togafau, tight end L.J. Smith, guard Scott Young, defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey and defensive end Victor Abiamiri.

 

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber is the Editor in Chief of WarNest.com and an NFL Analyst for Scout.com. Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. If you have any questions for Chris, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.


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