Philadelphia Eagles Edge Out Jacksonville Jaguars In First Pre-Season Game, Remain Betting Favorite Among NFC East Teams
August 14, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell
The Kevin Kolb era has officially started in Philadelphia. Coming on the field for the first time as the uncontested starter going into the season, Kolb led his team to a pre-season victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night. Michael Vick showed that he can still make defenders miss, and the defense held on for a complete team victory.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a valiant comeback after going down 16-7, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles won the game on a late field goal. The offense didn’t look very impressive with David Garrard at the helm, but Luke McCown did, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns.
The Eagels jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter off two David Akers field goals. Klob drove the offense 65 yards for the first score, and 53 yards for the second. He showed poise on the second drive when the Eagles faced a 3rd-and-19. Instead of making an ill-advised throw, Kolb scrambled down the field for nine yards to set up the field goal. The Jags had only two possessions in the first quarter, and went three and out both times.
The second quarter picked up for both offenses, and Michael Vick led the offense for the Eagles. Vick started the quarter a little shaky, fumbling on a 3rd-and-10 after being sacked. Anthony Smith picked up the ball for the Jaguars, and returned it to the Jacksonville 42-yard line. Garrard got the first first-down for the offense on a 16-yard pass play to Mike Thomas. Thomas is third in the depth chart according to the 2010 Jacksonville Jaguars season preview, but the big play was his only catch of the game. The drive stalled on fourth down when Garrard’s pass to Mike Simms-Walker fell incomplete.
Luke McCown got the Jaguars on the board in his first series of the game with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson. On the very next drive, McCown hit John Mattews for a 30-yard, and the extra point brought the Jaguars within two. An illegal hands to the face penalty allowed the Jaguars to kick a field goal in the last play of the half to go on top 17-16.
The opening kick of the second half was returned 68 yards by Deji Karim to set up a Josh Scobee field goal that put the Jaguars lead at 20-16. The Eagles got back into the game on a drive that started on their own 10-yard line. Vick led them all the way down to the Jacksonville 16 to set up an Akers field goal. The Jaguars extended their lead three plays later when Tiquan Underwood took a McCown pass 55 yards for a touchdown. Mike Kafka replaced Vick on the last play of the third quarter, and remained there for the duration of the game. The 2010 Philadelphia Eagles season preview lists Kafka as third in the depth chart, but he is more like a back up since Andy Ried will use Vick in special situations.
Martell Mallet did his best to make his name known by leading the team in rushing with 60 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came on the first drive of the fourth quarter from the Jacksonville 3-yard line. Mallet then failed to  catch the  two-point conversion attempt, and the score stayed 25-27 in Jacksonville’s favor. Akers kicked a field goal minutes later to put the Eagles ahead 28-27. That score would hold up as the Eagles defense stumped the Jaguars the rest of the way.
Bodog sportsbook had set the Eagles as three-point favorites against the Jaguars, a number they did not cover. Bettors betting the over won as the 55 total points scored in the game was more than enough to earn them a win. The Eagles’ are among the favorites to win the NFC East division according to  USA friendly sportsbooks at +270.
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