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|Even with an exciting finish eerily similar to last January's playoff game Jourdan Lewis Jersey , this was pretty much a forgetful opener to the NFL season.Even with another Philly Special, there wasn't a whole lot to cheer about in the Eagles' 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.
And even with a weather delay featuring some lightning before the Eagles and their fans could celebrate the unveiling of the banner for their first championship since 1960, this wasn't exactly a sparkling display of football.
You can credit two pretty staunch defenses if you want. Yet despite neither team reaching 300 yards in total offense, neither D was dynamic because plays were there to be made. The offenses rarely could do so.
And then there were the penalties. Altogether, 30 points were scored 鈥?and two teams expected to contend for the NFL title compiled 26 penalties. It's never a good sign when flags nearly equal points.
Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties. Atlanta, which must think there are hot coals lining the red zone at the Linc, gained 299 but had 135 yards in penalties.
"This stings for sure," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who certainly knows that feeling after the Super Bowl collapse two seasons back against New England, and then last winter's divisional playoff loss here that ended almost exactly the same way as Thursday night's defeat. "We knew this would be a competitive fight that would come down to the end, and it did."
Competitive? For sure.
Classic? Not even close.
"It wasn't pretty http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/darren-woodson-jersey , it was sloppy," All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. "But at the end we got a win."
What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.
In Julio Jones' case, it's simple to say, "Who needs it?"
Jones didn't play a down in August, but he was unstoppable against a Philadelphia defense that handled everyone else, especially the scatter-shot arm of Matt Ryan. While local native Ryan once again was struggling at the Linc, Jones still managed to make 10 receptions for 169 yards. Only when Atlanta got within the Eagles 20-yard line did Jones not dominate 鈥?in great part because Ryan kept making misguided throws.
Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan 鈥?a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games 鈥?looked rusty.
The Eagles weren't a whole lot better. Other than their opportunism and some creativity, they also were plagued by mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles caught another pass; it didn't score a touchdown as the quarterback did against the Patriots, but it set up one of Jay Ajayi's two TD runs. That was fun.
But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/kevin-king-jersey , and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game.
"It wasn't a rhythmic game but we fought hard and did the job," Foles said. "Winning isn't easy, especially against Atlanta. It was a dogfight. Our defense did a great job."
If this is a harbinger of what the other openers might look like on Sunday and Monday, fans might want to juggle their viewing schedules. Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. Unfortunately, that just might mean counting the number of flags that fly and errors that occur from Miami to Minneapolis, from Detroit to Denver, more so than the touchdowns going up on the scoreboard.
"We made a ton of mistakes today," safety Malcolm Jenkins noted. "But every time we got out there Youth Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , we dealt with the situation. If we made mistakes, we moved on and we tried to win the situation."
The Eagles did, displaying the kind of resilience that helped them to last season's title. The Falcons flopped again in a tight spot, though it's inconceivable such a talented group will continue to get in its own way like this again.
"It just came down to closing really," Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant said.
This was one opening show that artistically deserved to close after one night.
Jacksonville’s success last season gave owner Shad Khan hope for the future and increased faith in the team’s leadership.Khan gave two-year extensions to coach Doug Marrone, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell on Friday. All three had two years remaining on their deals, which now will run through the 2021 season.
”The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn’t so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow,” Khan said in a statement. ”We’re past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run, and now it’s time to take the next step.
”We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen James Daniels Jersey , and it’s good to know we’ll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
The Jaguars won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history, made the playoffs for the first time in a decade and advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000.
Khan hired Coughlin and Marrone in January 2017. Coughlin returned to the franchise he helped build from a trailer in the early 1990s and gave him full control over all football matters. That meant fewer decisions for Caldwell.
But Khan credits Caldwell for drafting and assembling much of the roster that turn a laughingstock into a contender, earning the team’s first home playoff game since 2000.
Jacksonville won thanks mostly to one of the league’s best defenses. Caldwell drafted many of those defenders, including All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue and linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack. Coughlin, Caldwell and Marrone also landed the best free-agent class in franchise history by signing defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church.
The defense nearly led the Jaguars to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. They held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter at New England before Tom Brady and the Patriots scored twice late and won 24-20.
”The success we had last season was due to the efforts of many people, but Doug and Dave certainly played key leadership roles in guiding our team,” Coughlin said in a statement. ”They set the tone and managed the process on a daily basis, and we look forward to building on that process throughout this offseason and the coming season.”
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