While Week 6 of the NFL season marked some notable returns across the league, it was a week of redemption for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. After being knocked out of the Week 1 meeting with the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, Kolb was officially benched for the surging Michael Vick heading into a Week 3 game with Jacksonville. Vick continued his high level of play, and it appeared that Kolb would become nothing more than a distant memory to Eagles fans, who were now singing the praises of number 7.
However, Vick suffered a rib injury early in his second official start as the team’s QB. Kolb stepped in, struggling to find the endzone in a loss to the Washington Redskins and former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The critics sounded off, and Kolb answered, leading the charge in the team’s next game against San Francisco. Kolb completed 21 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, getting the Eagles back on the right track. While he was good in that game, he was even better this past Sunday, turning in a performance worthy of Eastbay’s Player of the Week honors.
Against the then 4-1 Atlanta Falcons, Kolb passed the ball deep, and he passed the ball accurately. Carving up the Falcons’ secondary, Kolb found a slicing DeSean Jackson for a 34-yard touchdown with a little under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter, increasing the lead to 14-0. When Jackson suffered a concussion, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin stepped up, and it was business as usual. Maclin was on the receiving end of two Kolb touchdown passes, including an 83-yard bomb midway through the 3rd quarter. Helping improve the Eagle’s record to 4-2, Kolb finished the day by completing 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. Has he resumed control of the starting quarterback job in Philadelphia? Only time will tell. Either way, he is Eastbay’s Week 6 Player of the Week, and that cannot be taken away from him.
What did you think about Kolb’s day? Would you have preferred to see Peyton Manning get the nod? Perhaps Matt Schaub deserved the honors for a second time this season. Was Jeremy Maclin the best Eagle on the field Sunday? Sound off below.
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