The Linc - Michael Vick Gets Hurt, Nick Foles Steps Up

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20: Nate Ebner #43 of the New England Patriots tumbles over DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles after Ebner intercepted a pass during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Instant Observations: Eagles Vs. Patriots - Birds 24/7
Did I see DeSean Jackson make a red-zone catch in the middle of the field? I think I did. Jackson had two red-zone catches in all of 2011. In the third, he came down with a 40-yard grab, fighting off the defensive back on what amounted to a jump-ball. Jackson had four catches for 82 yards.

Vick scare part of Eagles' win over Patriots
Again, Michael Vick went for X-rays after the Eagles' sixth snap of the game. The X-rays were negative, just as in the preseason opener, but again Vick did not return to the game. Nothing else that happened in Eagles' 27-17 preseason win over the New England Patriots on Monday night mattered.

Eagles-Patriots notes | National Football Post
Eagles' Sprint Action: Quick point here on the Philly goal line concept—because I saw the same play from the Eagles back in my career. Align a WR in the backfield, use motion and run the "Spot" (7-Curl-Flat) off of sprint action. And if you are playing Cover 1 (man-free), CBs can panic when the WR is aligned out of position.

Glass Half Foles: Foles shines vs. Pats in place of hurt Vick
The bad: Michael Vick hurt his ribs again, and the Eagles were penalized for 131 yards. The good: Nick Foles threw for 217 yards and two TDs.

Observation deck: Eagles-Patriots - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Punter note! Mat McBriar averaged 49.8 yards on his four punts. Chas Henry dropped both of his inside the 20 and one inside the 10. I don't think it's a real competition if McBriar proves himself healthy, but it's nice to see that Henry won't go down without a fight.

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