Andy Reid had felt a lot of pressure from the Philadelphia media this week about his team’s sub par year and his starting quarterback’s lack of rules knowledge. He knew that he’d have to make some changes to shake things up.
It didn’t work.
Donovan McNabb continued his shaky play and was 8 for 18 for 59 yards with two interceptions and one fumble in the first half. So Reid turned to former second round pick, Kevin Kolb to provide some spark to the offense. Kolb simply threw gas on the fire as a 10-7 Ravens lead ballooned quickly as Baltimore scored 26 unanswered points in the second frame to win going away 36 to 7.
For Baltimore the big story was a defense that was still smarting from a whipping at the hands of the Giants last week and basically shut down the struggling Eagles offense. Their lone score was the result of a kickoff return by Quintin Demps in the second quarter.
They limited Philadelphia passers to 120 yards through the air and quarterback ratings in the teens. Defenders caused multiple turnovers with 4 interceptions from the secondary capped by Ed Reed’s NFL record 108-yard return for a touchdown as Kolb had his team down to the Raven goal line.
The Ravens now stay in line, a game behind the AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers, as they will travel to Cincinnati hoping for a series sweep against the hapless Bengals. For the Eagles it could mean major changes for the future of this team.