In the end, it probably wouldn’t have mattered if Donovan McNabb would have played or not.
The Eagles on Sunday were handed their lunch by a Saints team that simply played better, as they walked out of Philly with an impressive 48-22 win that was complete with another big day from Saints QB Drew Brees, who seems more determined than ever to break Dan Marino’s yardage record in 2009.
The game started fast, and it looked like Kevin Kolb would be able to help the Eagles get a huge win. After Brees carved up the D, Kolb hit DeSean Jackson for a 71-yard score to make it 7-7 with 9:03 left in the first quarter. The game would be 10-10 with 2:38 left in the first half, and that’s when the Saints started to crank up the offense.
Brees hit Marques Coltson for a 25-yard score to make it 17-10. Akers made a field goal to make it 17-13 at the half, but that’s about as close as the Eagles would come all day. The Saints made the proper halftime adjustments, and they scored a whopping 31 second half points to just 9 for the Eagles.
The Saints torched the Eagles D for 421 yards, 133 on the ground and 288 in the air. Brees was calm and cool, and he seemed never to make that big mistake that could put the Saints in a tough spot. Give Kolb credit, as he threw for a huge 391 yards, but needed 51 passes to do it, and also threw three picks, which is a big no-no vs a good team.
There’s work to do, and already Andy Reid says that Kolb will start next week if McNabb can’t go, and he is listed as doubtful. The Chiefs are coming to town, and the defense should be able to get back on track and put this setback behind them quickly.