For the second straight game, the Eagles offense failed to make any significant impact in the preseason. The first team was held to just 6 points in the first half, and while Kevin Kolb did not turn the ball over, he failed to connect in the end zone. Kolb finished the outing going 11-17 for 126 yards, giving him a stat line of 17-for-28 for 221 yards in his two starts. Last week it was Brent Celek that couldn’t hold on to a Kolb pass in the end zone. This week it was a botched pass from Kolb headed for Jason Avant that was just a few inches too high.
The biggest concern was not with Kolb, but with the Eagles second string quarterback Michael Vick. Number 7 had one, if not his worst, outing as a professional quarterback. Vick went 1-for-5 for 6 yards and a pair of interceptions. Just take note of the fact that he completed more passes to the Bengals than he did to the Eagles. All fingers can’t be pointed at Vick. The offensive line, who is already thin with Todd Herremans, Nick Cole and Jamaal Jackson out, struggled against the Bengals defensive pressure all night.
Another aspect of the Eagles offense that struggled for the second straight week is the Eagles running game. LeSean McCoy had 6 carries for 20 yards. Those aren’t the worst numbers in the world, however what the box score doesn’t show is that 17 of those 20 yards came on one carry. That means he rushed for three yards on five carries. Weaver only got four touches on the night and failed to make any solid production.
The only true bright spot in the Eagles offense was in wide receiver DeSean Jackson. He was the highlight of the Eagles stat-line, hauling in four catches for 74 yards. Just like expected, Jackson has so much potential with his speed and versatility as a receiver. Jeremy Maclin left the game with a shoulder contusion and the rest of the receivers had mediocre outings.
It’s very hard to be critical during the preseason when there are more concerns with injuries then with production. At the same time with the Eagles young roster and several question marks heading into the season, it is a bit worrisome to see the offense under-perform in back to back weeks. With training camp over and most of the roster set, I expect the Eagles to only improve going forward. They will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.