Eagles’ best drive yielded no points

For all their quick strikes and fast scores, the most impressive

drive by the Philadelphia Eagles this year was one that resulted in

no points.

Holding a 27-13 lead over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, the

Eagles got the ball at their own 8 with 9:32 left in the game. They

never gave it back, running out the clock with an old-school,

grind-it-out approach unusual for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo

offense.

”It was huge, especially in that situation at Lambeau Field,”

quarterback Nick Foles said Thursday. ”Our o-line did a great job

blocking. They knew we were going to run the ball and we were able

to run the ball. It was great for us an offense to be able to march

it down the field and run out the clock. That’s how you win

games.”

The Eagles usually waste little time reaching the end zone. None

of Philadelphia’s 28 touchdown drives has taken longer than 3:58.

Twelve lasted less than 90 seconds, and eight were under one

minute, including six of which that were for more than 50

yards.

It makes that final drive against the Packers stand out even

more.

”That’s part of being a sound offense,” Kelly said. ”I’ve

said that since Day One. You have to be a good two-minute offense,

you have to be a good four-minute offense. Again, I think there’s a

lot of misconceptions about what we want to do. We want to win

football games. We did the same thing against Tampa Bay and ran the

clock out. We were fortunate enough to do it with 9:32, take the

ball over. You either want to score in that situation or you want

to run as much clock as you possibly can. I think it’s a credit to

the backs, a credit to the quarterback and really to the offensive

line and the tight ends in that situation.”

The Eagles ran 12 plays, moved 78 yards and gained six first

downs before Foles took a knee three times to run off the final two

minutes. LeSean McCoy carried eight times for 50 yards on the

drive. Bryce Brown ran twice for 11 yards. Foles threw just one

pass, an 8-yard completion to James Casey on third-and-7. Foles

also ran for a 9-yard gain.

A false start penalty on right tackle Lane Johnson actually

helped Philadelphia extend the drive because it negated a no-gain

run by McCoy on third-and-2. Foles followed that with the pass to

Casey.

”When we needed to drive the ball and ice the game out, we did

that,” McCoy said. ”We needed to make a play, we did that. I

think the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. The

backs we have, if you give us a 1-on-1 opportunity with a

linebacker, defensive end or a safety, nine times out of 10, we’re

going to make them miss.”

Long drives can be grueling on offensive players and defensive

guys, but it was a break for the Eagles because they’re used to

Kelly’s fast-paced, no-huddle style.

”It’s actually cooler because you would think a long drive like

that we would get tired, but you actually don’t,” McCoy said.

”When you actually slow down, it’s like a huddle, and we haven’t

huddled since probably last year.”

NOTES: LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), LB Jake Knott (hamstring), T

Jason Peters (quadriceps, pectoral) and S Earl Wolff (knee) missed

practice again Thursday. QB Michael Vick (hamstring), TE Brent

Celek (hip) and CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) were limited. …

Kelly doesn’t make any announcements on starters before the end of

the week, but he gave it away that Vick won’t play when asked about

the difference between playing the Redskins now and Week 1.

”They’re not going to play against Mike this time so it’s

different,” he said.