The Eagles kicked off their season yesterday but no one seemed to inform quarterback Michael Vick that it was no longer the preseason. The Eagles offense sputtered and struggled to sustain a drive. The Browns defense kept Michael Vick on his heels by continuing to confuse him with different blitz packages that Vick could not pick up. At the end of the day, Vick was 29-for-56 for 317 yards, 2 TDs and 4 INTs. LeSean McCoy, who seemed to be running the ball at will, had 20 carries for 110 yards and a fumble. It is stunning that McCoy was having that much success but only got 20 carries. The only thing worse than the Eagles offense yesterday was the Browns offense, which seemed to be baffled by the Eagles smothering defense. The Eagles defense held the Browns offense to just 9 points off three Phil Dawson field goals. Vick lead the Eagles down the field and completed a pass to Clay Harbor with 1:18 left for the go ahead touchdown. With a 17-16 lead, Kurt Coleman picked off (his second of the game) Browns QB Brandon Weeden’s pass to seal it for the Eagles. More here.
Due to the heavy rain on Saturday night, the Phillies played a day-night doubleheader yesterday. In the first game, the Phillies fell behind 2-0 early but Ryan Howard drove in Cole Hamels and Chase Utley with two outs in the third. It would stay tied at 2 until the bottom of the ninth when the John Mayberry Jr. stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. With two outs, Mayberry lined a ball to left that leftfielder Carlos Gonzalez almost caught but it popped out of his glove and that allowed Nate Schierholtz to score the game winning run. More here.
In the nightcap, Tyler Cloyd got the start coming off his first career win last Monday in Cincinnati. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead after Michael Martinez singled to left center field to score Ty Wigginton, who doubled to lead off the inning, read the ball perfectly and scored easily. In the top of the third, Tyler Colvin singled to left and Jordan Pacheco tried to advance to third but Wigginton threw a strike to Martinez at third but Martinez moved out of the way of the slide and placed the tag too high as Pacheco was safe at third. The next batter singled home Pacheco to tie the game with two outs then Chris Nelson went deep to put the Rockies up 4-1. The Phillies clawed back into the game when Ryan Howard singled to right center to plate two Phillies. In the sixth Wigginton homered to tie the game then the Phillies took a 5-4 lead on a Kevin Frandsen infield single. The Phillies would add 2 more in the eighth and the closer Jonathan Papelbon came on for the save in the ninth. Papelbon got a win and a save yesterday. The Cardinals won which means the Phillies are now 6 games back in the Wild Card. More here.
Peyton Manning made his glorious return to the NFL last night after missing all of last year. Manning and the Broncos took on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Manning was his old self has he repeatedly changed plays at the line, read blitzes, fired perfect passes, and picked apart the Pittsburgh defense. In the end, the Broncos won 31-19 and Manning went 19-for-26 with 252 yards and 2 TDs. More here.