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Frank Lemaster Previews the Eagles vs. Raiders


Just when you thought Donovan McNabb’s career was winding down due to a long laundry list of injuries, he confirmed that he is still one of the most formidable and talented QBs in the NFL. Donovan proved once again that adversity brings the best out in all of us as he scorched Tampa Bay, connecting on 16 of 21 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, highlighted by rookie Jeremy Maclin’s 51-yard touchdown.  If that wasn’t enough, McNabb tested his healing ribs taking on several good hits as he scrambled for 30 yards, leading the Eagles in rushing.  From the moment Donovan took his first snap, he was poised, precise, and deadly accurate for most of the day. Welcome back… Big “D.” 

Coach Andy Reid and his staff are doing a great job in bringing this young team along and he continues to develop his offensive weapons in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and yes, even adding Leonard Weaver to his game plan as Weaver took a pass in for his first touchdown as an Eagle.

As the Oakland Raiders defense prepares to take on the Eagles’ many offensive weapons, they have to be scratching their heads on whom to double team, either Jackson or Maclin. I look for Jackson to have a breakout week in the passing game and LeSean McCoy to have a big day as Coach Reid needs to establish a consistent success in the Eagles running game.

Eagles 24 Raiders 10