Some halftime thoughts …

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 12, 2010 – 5:01 pm

For those keeping track, the Eagles have used QB Michael Vick on a total of five snaps, four of them in the Wildcat formation. The first four, Vick rushed the ball and gained a total of 20 yards. On his fifth snap, he handed off, but the Eagles were called for holding. So that’s a net of just 10 yards on Vick’s five snaps.

New Green Bay punter Tim Masthay has done a great job so far keeping Philly return man DeSean Jackson from making an impact. Both of his punts in the first half were high enough to force Jackson to call fair-catches. The punts were 41 and 48 yards. The Packers will take an average net of 44.5 any day of the week, especially against the league’s most dangerous return man.

The Eagles are trying to get Jackson involved on offense, but the Packers are doing a good job taking him away there, too. In fact, the Packers nearly have two interceptions on passes intended for Jackson, one that was deflected by Tramon Williams and nearly caught by a diving Charles Woodson, but the INT was overturned on replay. On the other, Matthews had the ball right in his mitts but dropped it. Jackson has been targeted four times with no catches.

The other tough matchup for the Packers was expected to be TE Brent Celek, but he hasn’t caught a pass either. The Packers have been in their nickel defense most of the game, with LB Brandon Chillar covering Celek. Celek has been targeted just once.

Another note on Crosby’s kick — the 56-yarder is the second-longest in the brief history of Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles K David Akers hit a 57-yarder in the stadium’s inaugural season of 2003.


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