Vick made the most of his second chance. He hit tight end Clay Harbor for a 4-yard touchdown on the next play, and the Eagles escaped Ohio with a 17-16 win.
"I have to get out of Cleveland," Vick said.
- Jeff McLane
Plagued by penalties
Penalties continued to plague the Eagles, and they cannot use replacement officials as an excuse.
The Eagles accumulated seven penalties in the first half and 12 overall.
Four in the first half were offensive holding calls. Jason Babin, who led the team with 13 penalties in 2011, was charged with a neutral-zone infraction. Jeremy Maclin was hit with an offensive pass interference and holding, although that drew the ire of an Eagles sideline that seemed to collectively raise their hands in disbelief.
The Browns had just three penalties for 35 yards.
- Zach Berman
Brown needs to block
With Dion Lewis inactivated, the No. 2 running back was Bryce Brown. It was a move anticipated during the week, and Brown said his blocking had improved enough to be used in the game.
It did not appear so on Sunday when Brown couldn't protect Vick on a third down, and Vick ended up on the grass. Brown did not receive any rushing opportunities in the first half, and he ended with 3 yards on two carries.
Ryans stuffed the run
DeMeco Ryans' uneven preseason prompted concerns about whether the two-time Pro Bowler was still productive. Ryans pledged that he would be fine, and the team offered the same confidence.
He looked like it on Sunday, appearing all over the field stuffing the run and remaining strong against the pass. The Eagles seldom took him off - he was not in the dime but was in every other formation - and he helped fortify the middle.
The most impressive play was stopping Trent Richardson for a 1-yard loss on third and 1 in the second quarter when the game was still tied at 3.
Rare drop for McCoy
LeSean McCoy fumbled only once all of last season. That was 321 touches for the running back, and he only coughed up the football once, in the Seattle game. It took all of one touch - a carry on the seventh play of the game - this season for McCoy to fumble when he was stripped in the backfield by Browns safety T.J. Ward.
Andy Reid said Friday that he was going to play all six of his linebackers on defense against the Browns. But as of halftime, neither Jamar Chaney nor Casey Matthews had seen any time. DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, and Akeem Jordan were the base defensive linebackers. Ryans and Kendricks played in the nickel 'D,' and Brian Rolle was the lone linebacker on the field in the dime.
Pass, pass, pass
It was a surprise the Eagles' offense's run-pass ratio was heavily slanted toward the air in the first half since Vick did not play much during the preseason.
Vick dropped back to throw 33 times - he ran three times and was sacked twice - and only eight run plays were called. McCoy rushed seven times for 50 yards, and DeSean Jackson took an end around 5 yards. McCoy had three carries for a total of 30 yards called back because of penalties. He also had a 24-yard reception negated by a Jeremy Maclin pass-interference penalty.
Chas Henry showed that the Eagles kept the right punter, at least in this game.
Henry booted six punts for an average of 55 yards and had a 42-yard net. He kicked a career-long 62-yarder and also dropped one punt inside the 20.
Henry looked as if he was going to lose his job when the Eagles signed free agent Mat McBriar during training camp. But Henry withstood the challenge and has now gotten off to a strong start in his second season.
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