Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis (69) works against Cleveland Browns defensive end Juqua Parker (95) in the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
We're going to try and do this after Eagles game, day or night. You vote via Twitter or on my Facebook page for a stud and a dud. The winner (or loser) will be revealed the following morning right here on BGN.
So get involved. Give some praise or unload some anger. I know there was plenty to get off your chest after watching the Eagles offense the first 56 minutes Sunday in Cleveland. And if your comment impresses enough, it might even get published in that week's Stud or Dud piece. I'll also be choosing a stud and dud. Of course, you'll do a better job. You almost always do.
Anyway, here goes for the first Eagles Sunday of the NFL season.
The People's Stud
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - All the preseason hype actually equated to something positive on the field. Rodgers-Cromartie, who had a strong preseason and training camp, had an excellent opener as well. DRC had four passes defended and two nice leaping interceptions near the sidelines when he was running step for step with his receiver for most of the afternoon Travis Benjamin. The only criticism of Rodgers-Cromartie in Cleveland was that he could have picked off a third pass near the goal line in the fourth quarter. Overall, however, it was easily DRC's best game as an Eagles, and gives you confidence going forward this is going to be a much better year for him now that he's playing in a more natural position on the outside.
Honorable Mention: DeMeco Ryans
Jason Babin - Four tackles, a sack, forced fumble and three quarterback hits is a nice line. A very Jason Babinesque 2011 line. But given the circumstances it's an exceptional line for Jason Babin in the 2012 season opener considering we're talking about a player who did not see action in the preseason due to a calf injury. I expected Babin to start the season slowly and ease his way back into the dominant form that earned him Pro Bowl honors last season. But right from the start on Sunday, Babin was the Eagles' best defensive linemen. Very impressive.
The People's Dud
Michael Vick - Andy Reid "thought he was rusty." Rusty isn't anywhere close to accurate. Rusty would be throwing a few Donovan worm-burners or Mike McMahon wobblers. Vick wasn't off target or a second late with his throws. He was just making really poor decisions, forcing pass after pass into double or triple coverage. In fact, Cleveland could have intercepted Vick five or six times on Sunday. Instead they settled for four and dropped one on the play before the game winner. Still, despite Vick leading the Eagles on a 16-play, 91-yard game-winning drive, you voted Vick this week's 'The People's Dud.' That just says how much of an abomination the first 54 minutes were for the Birds starting quarterback.
Evan Mathis - Somebody from the offensive line had to be called out in this dud section. And since Mathis is supposed to be one of the Eagles' best offensive linemen - if not the best - more is expected of him than pseudo fill-in left tackle King Dunlap. Mathis committed two penalties (a false start and holding) and allowed several pressures as Vick took a beating the first half. It was clearly not Mathis - or the entire offensive line's - best performance.