The Eagles have been deemed the "Dream Team", but last night was a nightmare for Mike Vick. The team did not lose by much, but the way their star quarterback played seemed like trouble in paradise.
The Philadelphia Eagles visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for both teams second pre-season game. The Eagles looked good last week as they beat the Baltimore Ravens last week 13-6. The Steelers on the other hand had a tough go of it last week in a loss to the Washington Redskins 16-7.
The Steelers opened the game with the ball an moved it 87-yards down the field to score on the opening drive. Ben Roethlisberger (8/12, 125 yards, 2 TD) moved he Steelers down the field in 14 plays that was capped off by a Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Antonio Brown (1 reception, 29 yards, 1 TD) for a 7-0 lead. The Eagles got the ball and moved it a little, but could not get the offense going and was forced to punt the ball away.
Pittsburgh got the ball again and moved it 96-yards this time as the used just 14 plays again to score another touchdown. Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward (1 reception, 20 yards, 1 TD) for his only reception of the game on a 20-yard strike to give the Steelers a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Eagles got the ball back and Mike Vick (5/12, 47 yards, 3 Ints) go them a first down when he hit Riley Cooper (1 reception, 16 yards) down the left side for a first down. Vick's next pass was intercepted by Ryan Clark who returned the ball 26 yards for the Steelers. Brian Leftwich came in for the Steelers offense, but they could not move ball with the good field position and was forced to kick a field-goal. Swayze Waters came in to kick a 47-yarder, but the kick was blocked by Asante Samuel.
The Eagles had good field position, but Vick continued to struggle as he threw another pick that was intercepted by Keenan Lewis. The Steelers could not moved the ball after the turnover and was forced to punt the ball away.The Eagles kept Vick in as he tried to move the offense which he did, but again threw another pick that was intercepted by Troy Polamalu who returned the ball 36 yards. Polamalu made some pretty nice moves during his return, but Vick came down and cut it short with a nice hit on Polamalu. You could tell Vick was frustrated as he came up to make the tackle and the way he walked off the field.
Leftwich moved the Steelers 44-yards to score a touchdown that made it a 21-0 lead all in the first half. Letwich hit newly acquired Jerricho Cotchery (2 receptions, 49 yards, 1 TD) for a 20-yard touchdown strike. Vick came back out foe the Eagles and took a knee to end the half.
Vince Young stater the second half for the Eagles. The offense moved a little and they kept the drive going by Young doing a quarterback sneak for a first down on a fourth down conversion. The Eagles tried to pull another fourth conversion with rookie full back Stanley Havili, but he was stuffed for no gain. The Steelers got the ball back with decent field position and had Dennis Dixon (8/11, 90 yards) in to led the offense. Dixon moved the ball a little bit, and they even went for it on fourth down as well but they could not convert as Dixon missed on a two-yard pass.
Young came back in but the Eagles tried to get their running game going as they pounded the ball with Ronnie Brown (6 carries, 25 yards). They had no success moving the ball because Young threw a interception that was picked off by Larry Foote. The Steelers had Dixon moved them 51-yards and got them in position to kick a field-goal. Waters came in and made a 30-yarder that gave them 24-0 lead.
The Eagles had the ball but it was brief as Dion Lewis fumbled the ball and Baraka Atkins recovered it for the Steelers. The Steelers moved the ball with a shorten field and actually scored a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty. They then had a chance to add to their point total, but Waters missed a field-goal that went wide right. Mike Kafka (14/19, 160 yards, 2 TD) came in and moved the Eagles down the field 80-yards to score their first touchdown of the game. Kafka passed the ball to Gerald Jones (3 receptions, 36 yards, 2 TD) for a 14-yard touchdown run.
The Steelers had the ball and went three and out and was forced to punt the ball away. The Eagles had the got the ball back with bad field position, but moved the ball 94-yards to to get a second touchdown. Kafka hit Jones again for another touchdown to make it a 24-14 game.