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08/11/2011 11:36 PM EDT
Vick shines in cameo, Eagles beat Ravens
PHILADELPHIA 13, BALTIMORE 6
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Just one meaningless game in, Michael Vick
already senses something special building in Philadelphia.
Vick threw for 74 yards and a touchdown pass in his only series
and the new-look Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-6 Thursday
night in their preseason opener.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young and several other big-name
acquisitions made their debuts for the Eagles, who've signed a
slew of free agents with impressive resumes in the past two
"I feel that each and every guy in that locker room wants to be
on this team," Vick said. "We've enjoyed each other so much in
training camp. Guys want to play for us and I wish every guy can
make this team. I feel this is the best team I've been on and we
definitely have something special."
Joe Flacco played two series and led the Ravens to a field goal
on the opening possession. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 60
yards. Ricky Williams, who signed with Baltimore on Monday, was
"I think we're going to a good football team," Ravens coach John
Harbaugh said. "We have a chance to be great, but that is up to
us. We should make our biggest improvements in the next week."
Harbaugh has led the Ravens to a playoff victory in each of his
first three seasons.
Vick, the runner-up to Tom Brady for NFL MVP, completed 4 of 6
passes, including a 3-yard TD toss to Brent Celek. He drove the
Eagles right down the field against Ray Lewis and Baltimore's
Vick threw a 20-yard pass to Jason Avant on his first play. He
later connected with Riley Cooper on a 42-yard pass over Ed Reed
to the Ravens 2. An almost identical pass to Cooper in the final
minute of last year's wild-card playoff game against Green Bay
was intercepted by Tramon Williams in the end zone to seal the
Packers' 21-16 win.
Two plays later, Vick hit Celek to give Philadelphia a 7-3 lead.
Cooper and Avant started in place of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy
Maclin. Jackson just joined the Eagles after a 12-day holdout
and Maclin remains sideline by an undisclosed illness.
"I told him to get open and I'll find him," Vick said of Celek.
"I went back and looked at film by myself in the offseason and a
majority of the time last year Brent was open and I failed to
throw to him because I was focused on DeSean and Jeremy."
Tyrod Taylor, a rookie from Virginia Tech, took over for Flacco.
He drove the Ravens to the Eagles 5 in the final minute before
throwing an incompletion on fourth-and-8 from the 10.
Taylor led the Ravens to the Eagles 8 late in the third quarter
before throwing an interception to Jarrad Page. He finished 19
of 28 for 179 yards and two picks.
"We have a different team this year, guys have to take new
roles, and from a confidence standpoint I have to go out there
and know what we're doing and I have to go about doing that more
this year," Flacco said.
The defending NFC East champion Eagles have been one of the most
aggressive teams since the lockout ended. They've signed 14 free
agents, including six players who've been to Pro Bowls.
Asomugha, the top free agent on the market, played two series as
part of a star-studded secondary that includes newcomer
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and veteran Asante Samuel. All three
cornerbacks were on the field for the first play, with Samuel
lined up in a safety spot.
The Eagles also have a new defensive coordinator who used to
coach on the other side of the ball. Juan Castillo switched over
from the offensive line to replace Sean McDermott.
"It's not about me, it's about us building a
championship-caliber defense," Castillo said. "Coach (Andy Reid)
wanted us to have a fast defense, a fundamentally sound defense
and you saw some of that."
The Ravens took the opening kickoff and drove to the Eagles 29
before stalling there. Billy Cundiff kicked a 53-yard field goal
for a 3-0 lead.
Young replaced Vick in the first quarter. He was 3 of 5 for 45
yards. Young, who went to two Pro Bowls in five seasons in
Tennessee, signed a one-year deal to be Vick's backup after the
Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to Arizona.
A 93-yard fumble return for a score by Baltimore's Lardarius
Webb was overturned after replays showed Eagles quarterback Mike
Kafka's hand was going forward when he lost the ball.
Notes: Former Eagles kicker David Akers, a five-time Pro Bowl
pick in 12 years in Philadelphia, thanked fans on a large
billboard on I-95 near the stadium. Akers signed with the San
Francisco 49ers. ... Rookie kicker Alex Henery, a fourth-round
pick who replaced Akers, made field goals of 35 and 24 yards.
... RB Ronnie Brown, one of the Eagles' recent signings, ran
nine times for 22 yards. ... Ravens RB Ray Rice had just 7 yards
rushing on five carries. ... Harbaugh was an assistant coach in
Philadelphia from 1998-2007. ... Cundiff missed a 55-yard FG
attempt wide left. ... Kafka was 13 of 19 for 132 and one
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