Ugly start for both teams becomes a lopsided affair

Posted: December 02, 2011

SEATTLE - So, this is how two 4-7 teams start a game after four days' rest.

The Seahawks were called for an illegal shift on the first play of the game, and on third down quarterback Tarvaris Jackson dropped a shotgun snap before running into a sack.

Not to be outdone, however, quarterback Vince Young made a head-scratching decision of his own on the Eagles' first play, as he threw an interception to Seattle safety Kam Chancellor.

That set up a Seattle touchdown by running back Marshawn Lynch, who emerged from a swarm of players to score from 15 yards out. Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha appeared to make the stop on the play when Lynch entered the swarm but couldn't make the tackle, and the back emerged.

Can you give nine players a missed tackle on one play?

McCoy shines

For all the talk about how underutilized LeSean McCoy has been this season (and he has, at times), the third-year back has now run more times for more yards than he ever has in his career.

After his performance against the Seahawks, McCoy is on pace for 1,512 yards, which would tie the Eagles' single-season franchise record, set by Wilbert Montgomery in 1979.

McCoy is also on pace for 369 receiving yards, which would give him 1,881 yards from scrimmage. That total would put him fifth in team history, behind Brian Westbrook's 1,916 in 2006.

If McCoy continues at this pace, his 287 projected rushing attempts would rank fifth on the Birds' all-time, single-season list.

Where's the heart?

The Eagles' slogan at the start of the season was "Heart." Let that sink in for a moment. OK, if you're done laughing, consider how off the mark that idea was.

Sometimes it isn't fair to question a team's or a player's heart. But after watching the effort of certain Eagles over the last two weeks it's within the realm of possibility.

Asomugha flat-out gave less than 100 percent on Lynch's unbelievable 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Later he gave a half-hearted tackle attempt on another Lynch run. Asomugha was playing with a knee injury and later left with a neck injury. But you have to wonder if Eagles coach Andy Reid has lost even the stars on his team.

Up and down

It had to be downright painful for the Eagles coaches to compare the statistics of the quarterbacks at halftime.

Jackson looked like Tom Brady in the first half, completing 9 of 12 passes for 143 yards.

Young, on the other hand, was so ragged that NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock at one point compared him to a high school quarterback. Young's halftime stats were 5 for 12 passing for 86 yards and an interception.

Young finally got hot late in the game, hitting 10 of 11 passes as the Eagles tried to rally. But, of course, he threw a pick six to Seattle linebacker David Hawthorne to seal the game.

Running backs, too

The success of the teams' running backs mirrored their quarterbacks in the first half.

Lynch had 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for the Seahawks in the first half, while LeSean McCoy had 36 yards and one touchdown on seven carries for the Birds.

And what about DeSean Jackson? Mr. Excitement had one catch for five yards.

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