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Wednesday, October 05, 2005 

(Not) Born to Run

Philadelphia's 37-31 comeback win on Sunday over Kansas City was remarkable for many reasons. The Eagles trailed 17-0 midway in the second quarter, cut it to 17-6 on an interception return, then saw Dante Hall return the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to fall behind 24-6. But Philadelphia scored the next 31 points in the game including 3 Donovan McNabb TD passes, as the Eagles defense completely shutdown the Chiefs high-profile offense.

Also remarkable was that Philadelphia gained just 28 yards on the ground on 17 carries. While the 17 carries in this game can be explained by the score, it wasn't the only poor rushing performance this weekend. The Jets gained 28 yards on 15 carries in their 13-3 loss against the Ravens, and the Jaguars ran the ball 11 times for 12 yards as they lost 20-7 against the Broncos. Both of those games were close for a half or more, so the defenses deserve full credit for stopping a pair of one-dimensional offenses.

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