2. Offensive balance: With McNabb back behind center there may have been a temptation for Andy Reid to return to a pass-happy offense. But the coach, while still favoring the pass, managed to mix in a good amount of running plays. Overall, the Birds threw the ball 33 times, and ran it 29. Not a bad ratio.
3. Close the screen door: Any NFL offense would have been a challenge for this inexperienced Eagles' linebacking corps - SLB Chris Gocong never had taken a regular-season snap and MLB Omar Gaither was making his first start inside. But to do it against the Packers' Brett Favre was asking a lot. Favre was 23-for-42 for 206 yards overall and 21-for-35 on short passes for 184 yards. Even so, the Eagles' defense kept Favre and the Packers' offense out of the end zone.
4. Blitzing Brett: The Eagles' defense did a good job pressuring Favre the entire game. And on several occasions he did a good job of getting off passes that a less-experienced QB wouldn't have been able to pull off. In the end, the Packers won the game, but it wasn't the fault of the Eagles' defense, which sacked the 17-year veteran four times and intercepted him once. The Eagles have picked off Favre 12 times in their last seven meetings.
5. Putting the special in special teams: The very good: David Akers did his usual excellent job. The not too bad: Punter Sav Rocca had seven punts for a 40.4 yard average, but put one 50-yarder into the end zone. The extremely ugly: Greg Lewis and J.R. Reed both muffed costly punts, one that directly resulted in a Packers' touchdown and the other that led to the game-winning field goal. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done.