Michael Vick threw for 180 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. He was sharp in his passes and a had a couple of big scrambles, and almost didn’t need to take the field for the Eagles‘ first scoring drive.
Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson limped off the field and into the locker room early in the second quarter. Johnson and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan were involved in a fistfight that got both players ejected last week.
Johnson entered with 65 catches, 869 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
There was no word on Johnson’s injury and he did not catch a pass before he left with the Texans trailing 14-3.
He returned, though, and promptly caught a 42-yard pass from Matt Schaub that helped set up Houston’s first touchdown. Schaub threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Jacoby Jones that pulled the Texans to 17-10 with 5:38 left in the first half.
Schaub _ who played high school football 22 miles west of Lincoln Financial Field at West Chester East High and was Vick’s backup in Atlanta _ had a pass intercepted by Trevor Laws late in the first half that put the Eagles in prime position to extend their lead. Instead, Jason Avant and Brent Celek each dropped catchable passes in the end zone that cost them points.
Schaub appeared to hurt his head late in the first half and was replaced for one play. He began the second half.
McCoy rushed for a 4-yard TD on the second play of the second quarter to help the Eagles take a 14-3 lead. The Eagles made it three scores on three drives when Akers kicked a 36-yard field goal for a 17-3 lead.
Vick could have had the first series off but Jorrick Calvin had a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown wiped out on a holding penalty by tight end Clay Harbor.
Vick immediately went to DeSean Jackson for 30 yards on the fist play from scrimmage. Jackson was held to two catches last week against the Bears and sat at his locker with his head in his hands.
Vick is coming off his first loss this season in a game that he started and finished. He won his first five before the Chicago Bears kept him in check during a 31-26 decision.
Neil Rackers kicked a 48-yard field goal with 4:55 left in the quarter to make it 7-3.
Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel sat out his second straight game for the Eagles with a knee injury. He was injured while recovering a fumble in a 27-17 win over the New York Giants. He didn’t play against Chicago. Samuel missed one game earlier this season with a concussion. He leads the league with seven interceptions.