Eagles-Browns: Did you notice?

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Posted: September 10, 2012

DID YOU

NOTICE?

* Demetress Bell, who was signed in late March to replace injured Jason Peters at left tackle, wasn't even activated. Rookie Dennis Kelly backed up starter King Dunlap.

* Both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got beat by Mohamed Massaquoi on the Browns' first possession, Asomugha on a slant that gained 24 yards, DRC on a double-move on a pass that was overthrown.

* The Browns' decision to throw the ball on third-and-2 with 1 minute left in the second quarter saved the Eagles enough time to get the ball back and drive 74 yards on five plays for their first touchdown. The Eagles only had one timeout left at the time and would have had to use it then to stop the clock.

* The Browns tried to spread the Eagles out a lot in the second half, using three- and four-wide receiver sets. It didn't make a difference. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden completed just five of 16 passes in the final two quarters.

* Akeem Jordan's excellent special-teams play. Jordan, who also started at weakside linebacker, had four tackles of Josh Cribbs on punt returns.

* Mike Vick's tendency to move forward toward the pass rush before he releases the football.

* On the game-winning scoring drive, the Eagles lined up in a two-back formation that included LeSean McCoy and rookie Bryce Brown. Brown carried the ball on the play and lost a yard.

* Next to his 18-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, the biggest play by Jeremy Maclin might have been when he knocked a potential interception out of the hands of cornerback Joe Haden on the game-winning scoring drive.

* The only Eagles offensive lineman who didn't get flagged for holding was right tackle Todd Herremans.

* Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie almost had a third interception early in the fourth quarter when a Brandon Weeden pass went in and out of his hands in the end zone.

- Paul Domowitch

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