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article imageNFL: Eagles and Vick bounce back with 24-14 win over Browns

By Austin Tyler     Aug 26, 2011 in Sports
Philadelphia - The Eagles and Michael Vick struggled last week to an ugly defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but tonight they look like they are back on track. The Browns have only won one game, but have looked impressive in the process.
The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Cleveland Browns for a Week 3 pre-season showdown. The Browns are molding second year quarterback Colt McCoy into the guy they want him to be, and the offense is coming along as well. The Eagles looked impressive last night, but there are still a few things they need to do to get on top and live up to the “Dream Team” mantra.
The Browns opened the game with the ball and Colt McCoy (9/18, 89 yards, 1 Int) could not get their offense going. They moved the ball a little, but were still forced to punt the ball away on a fourth and six. The Eagles took over, but had trouble of their own as after three plays Mike Vick (10/18, 98 yards) was sacked for a loss and he fumbled the ball. Rookie Defensive tackle Phil Taylor was the one to force to the fumble, and Jayme Mitchell recovered the ball.
McCoy and the Browns struggled on their next drive as well going three and out. The Browns came on to attempt a field-goal to put some points on the board. Phil Dawson came out to kick a 33-yard field-goal, but it was blocked by Dominique Rogers-Cromartie.
The Eagles took over and began to move the ball. They got into a 4th and 1 situation and went for it getting the first down. Vick backed up on one play and fumbled but recovered it but threw an incompletion. Philly got into another fourth down situation and this time they punted the ball away. Jordan Norwood muffed the punt and the Eagles recovered with good field position. On the second play of the drive Ronnie Brown (6 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD) ran in for a 13-yard touchdown. That touchdown gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
The Browns offense continued to struggle as the McCoy threw a pass that was intercepted by Asante Samuels. The Eagles moved the ball pretty well as they got into field-goal range and Alex Henry came on to make a 37-yard field-goal that made it a 10-0 lead. Cleveland went three and out again but this time was forced to punt the ball away.
Vick moved the Eagles down the field after the punt getting them into scoring range. Vick dropped back for a pass on the last play of the drive and ran it in from 8-yards out to make it 17-0, Eagles lead. Vick (4 carries, 24 yards, 1 TD) was flushed out the pocket and ran to the front corner of the endzone without being touched.
The Browns tried to get their offense going on the next drive, but fell short having to punt again after just five plays. The Eagles next drive was just as bad as they went three and out after getting hit with a penalty that backed them up 5-yards on second down. They were forced to punt the ball away, but only gave the Browns less than 2-minutes to work with in the half.
Cleveland got their offense moving, but still could not get in scoring position as they were forced to punt the ball away. With only .8 seconds left in the half Vick took a knee to go into halftime with a 17-0 lead.
The Eagles and Vince Young (9/12, 58 yards) started the second half with the ball. The Eagles gained a little yardage, but was forced to punt the ball away. Seneca Wallace (3/6, 53 yards, 1 TD) came in for McCoy, but could not move the offense either as they went three and out on their first second half possession.
Philly took over and had their trouble moving the ball also with Vince Young back there, but they got a break when punted the ball away. Chas Henry came in to punt for the Eagles and punted a nice kick that James Dockery could not handle. Clay Harbor of the Eagles recovered the punt and gave the Eagles great field position. Two plays later Vince Young (4 carries, 24 yards, 1 TD) did his Mike Vick impression by running it in to the same corner Vick did earlier for a touchdown of his own.
On the Browns next possession the offense got their mojo going as they moved the ball down the field into scoring position. The drive started in the third quarter and went into the beginning of the fourth when Seneca Wallace hit Alex Smith (1 reception, 17 yards, 1 TD) for a touchdown. Wallace hit Smith for his only catch of the night with a 17 yards strike that put the Browns’ first points on the board 24-7.
Young moved the Eagles a little on their next drive, but ended up losing the ball he fumbled and lost it. Young was sacked on the play and loss the ball in the process only to have Travis Ivey recover it for the Browns.
With good field possession the Browns made quick work of the field behind new QB Jarrett Brown (4/4, 35 yards, 1 TD). Brown moved the Browns down the field quick as he later hit Chris Matthews (1 reception, 4 yards, 1 TD) for the second Browns touchdown of the game. That was the last score of the game as the Eagles ran two plays and then took knees to end the game.
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