Depending on who you want to believe, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is either progressing from his knee injury or he’s in mid-season form. McNabb passed for a touchdown and running back Brian Westbrook ran for and caught a touchdown pass as the Eagles (3-4) defeated the Minnesota Vikings (2-5) at Minneapolis.
McNabb showed more of the mobility that he has been known for as he was only sacked twice and even ran for thirteen yards. But a large part of that also had to do with going up against the league’s worst pass defense. McNabb threw a touchdown pass to Westbrook for a 10-7 Philadelphia lead and further extended that lead to 17-7 with a Westbrook 1-yard run into the end zone.
The Vikings reduced the lead to 20-16 on a 48-yard field goal by placekicker Ryan Longwell; however, McNabb went back to work, orchestrating a drive, going 4-for-7 for 62 yards to set up a FG by David Akers, one of 3 he had made during the game. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they were reduced to using their 3rd-string QB; Brooks Bollinger replaced Kelly Holcomb as Holcomb suffered a neck injury which was described as being similar to whiplash.
McNabb led the Eagles, going 23-of-36 for 333 yards and a TD; Brian Westbrook added 46 rushing yards and a TD along with 46 receiving yards and a score. Wide receiver Reggie Brown led all Eagles receivers with 8 catches for 105 yards. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was rather invisible, rushing 20 times for 70 yards. The Vikings’ QB’s had problems passing the ball today as Kelly Holcomb, prior to his injury, went 7-for-16 for 88 yards and a TD. Brooks Bollinger, his replacement, was only marginally better, going 7-for-10 for 94 yards. The Eagles host the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys (6-1) next Sunday night while the Vikings host the resurgent San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon.