The Stat Line of the Night — 10/17/10 — Jeremy Maclin
The Philadelphia Eagles have been through quite a bit of turmoil this season. After shipping their former star quarterback out of town during the off-season and handing the starting job to Kevin Kolb, things have been a roller coaster ride. Kolb was knocked out in the first game and Michael Vick stepped in and played some of the best football of his career, creating a quarterback controversy. When Vick also went down with injury, however, Kolb came back and has been playing very well. Unfortunately for him, his star receiver DeSean Jackson got nailed yesterday and had to leave the game. That didn’t seem to slow down Kolb, who turned to his young speedy receiver Jeremy Maclin. It was a good decision.
Against a very good Atlanta Falcons team that many picked to win the NFC, Kolb found Maclin 7 times for 159 yards. No one could catch the speedy Maclin, who found his way to the endzone two times to go with his gaudy amount of yards. His two touchdowns were on 8 and 83 yard receptions.
With Maclin’s help the Eagles move to 4-2 in a weak NFC East. They are now poised to make a push to the playoffs, something many doubters would not have believed before the start of the season. If Maclin can truly be a star receiver as he was this week, and Jackson can come back healthy, this offense can be one of the most dynamic in the league. For now, Maclin gets “The Stat Line of the Night”.