first year starter is a big misnomer, they are still green, but they aren't total rookies. they started a good share of last year, and played a fair amount.
at what point do they have to pass before teams realize trying to pass on lito and sheldon is a trap? I can't think of too many big plays those two have yielded. I'd say the draft with michael lewis, sheldon and lito was much more fruitful than many thought.
trhe skins are vanilla, but lets see. The eagles aren;t as vulnerable on the run as everyone thinks. The steelers game was awful, as was thje browns. that team can't stop the bruisers. but the smaller, cut bakc, shifty runners get stopped by the eagles. and notice the second half of the browns game, when trotter took over. when trotter plays, basically the run defense is serviceable.
taking shots downfield would not have been fruitful, keep telling yourself that. randy moss did SO well against them ...