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article imageNFL: Eagles get a victory as Rams struggle with injuries

By Austin Tyler     Sep 12, 2011 in Sports
The Eagles have been called a ‘Dream Team’, and they played like it today as they took advantage of the Rams who lost some big players. St. Louis took some pretty tough hits on the chin in their 31-13 loss to the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles visited the St. Louis Rams for their first game of the regular season. Philly looked like they were ready to roll even with the some players still out. The Rams on the other hand kept it competitive until they started losing some key players that they need to help them in the future.
The Eagles started out cold as they only moved the ball 8-yards before being forced to punt the ball away after six plays. The Rams took their opening drive and literally ran it down their throat as Stephen Jackson (2 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD) raced for 47-yards and the game’s first touchdown. Jackson’s touchdown gave the Rams a quick 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Philly bounced back on their next drive and got the offense moving. Michael Vick (14/32, 197 yards, 2 TD’s) used his arm to get the ball down the field and even hit DeSean Jackson (6 receptions, 102 yards, 1 TD) for a 41-yard pass. Vick ended the drive with a pass to LeSean McCoy (2 receptions, 15 yards, 1 TD). Vick hit McCoy on a 7-yard pass over the middle to help the Eagles tie the game up at 7-points apiece.
The Rams came back on the next drive, and moved the ball until Sam Bradford (17/30, 188 yards) was hit by Darryl Tapp who forced him to fumble. Juqua Parker recovered it for the Eagles and took it 56-yards for a touchdown. The turnover gave the Eagles a quick 14-7 lead right after scoring a touchdown a few plays ago.
Both teams had trouble moving the ball as they took turns punting the ball away. The Rams got the ball back and moved it 40-yards before Josh Brown came in to kick a 49-yard field-goal. That made the score 14-10 to get the Rams within four-points. The Eagles moved the ball on their next drive 74-yards, but former Eagle Quintin Mikell hit Vick and made him fumble. James Laurinaitis recovered the ball for the Rams. The Rams could not take advantage of the turnover as they went three and out and punted the ball away.
The Eagles got the ball moving on their next drive, but was out of timeouts and was forced to rush. Philly used poor lock management going down the field and had to settle for a field-goal. Vick had tried to hit Jackson in the back of the endzone, but the ball touched the turf before Jackson got control of it. In the end they settled for a field-goal that made it a 17-10 lead.
The Rams took over in the second half and moved the ball 57-yards. St. Louis could not get any closer so they settled for a 47-yard field-goal. Josh Brown came on to kick the field-goal but kicked it wide right and turned the ball over on downs.
Philly took advantage of the short field as they moved the ball 45-yards on 7 plays with Vick and McCoy doing some running. Vick also used his arm on the drive, and finished the drive with his arm as he hit Jackson. Vick connected with Jackson on a 6-yard pass that went in for a touchdown and a 24-10 lead.
St. Louis answered with a drive of their own as they went 84-yards in 10 plays. The Rams could not keep the drive going so they settled for a 23-yard Josh Brown field-goal. It was right on point and it put the Rams within 11-points, 24-13.
The Eagles took over on the ensuing drive, but could not move the ball as they only went 1-yard before punting the ball away. The Rams also struggled to move the ball as they punted the ball right back to the Eagles after eight plays. Philly moved the 85-yards with mostly McCoy doing the work with his legs. McCoy capped off the drive with a 49-yard run that gave the Eagles a 31-13 lead.
That was pretty much the game as the Rams lost Bradford after he was throwing the ball, and connected with a defenders hand that may have caused ligament damage in the index finger on his throwing hand. Stephen Jackson did not play the whole game as he left with right quadriceps injury that he will get a MRI on Monday.
The Rams also lost their top cornerback, Ron Bartell, with a stinger, their leading receiver from last year, Danny Amendola, with a dislocated left elbow, and offensive tackle Jason Smith with a high left ankle sprain.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Falcons in Atlanta. The Rams will be on their way to New York to take on the football Giants.
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