During the off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles made some high profile free agent signings. Nnamabamdi Asomuga (or however you spell the all-world cornerback’s name), Vince Young, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jason Babin were added to an Eagles team that had already won the NFC East a year ago. This prompted Vince Young to label them as a “Dream Team”.
Unfortunately, the dream turned into a nightmare when the Eagles rode into Heinz Field last night.
The Steelers defeated the Eagles 24-14 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score would indicate. The Steelers led the Eagles 24-0 before the Eagles scored two late touchdowns on the Steelers’ 5th string players who have absolutely no chance of actually making the roster.
Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp as he passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns during limited action.
When Roethlisberger went to the bench, Byron Leftwich came in and threw for another touchdown, hitting the newly acquired Jericho Cotchery for a touchdown.
Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Dennis Dixon came into the game and threw for another 90 yards, but was unable to get the ball into the endzone.
The 3 Steelers quarterbacks made the Eagles’ backfield look like a bunch of high school players. Asante Samuel, Nnababmi Ashugmo (you know who I mean), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were supposed to be the best cornerback combo in the NFL, but I guess the Steelers destroyed that fantasy.
Not only did the Steelers pass all over the Eagles’ defense, but they also ran right through them. The Steelers rushed for 144 yards, led by overweight and out-of-shape running back Jonathan Dwyer, who ran (rolled?) for 44 yards.
Despite the impressive offensive output, it was the Steelers’ defense that was the real star of the game. The Steelers held the Eagles to under 100 rushing yards while intercepting the Eagles’ passers 4 times.
Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Larry Foote, and Keenan Lewis (yeah, I can’t believe it either) all intercepted passes in the Steelers victory.
It’s too early to get excited about what we’re seeing from the Steelers. However, it was great to see a good outing by the team following the terrible showing they had against the Washington Redskins.
As for the Eagles, well they still need a bit more work before they can live up to their “Dream Team” billing. If you don’t believe me, just ask Nnabdi Ashkomghmo.