Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Marcus Hayes' Eagles-Giants Report Card

Here are Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes' grades for the Eagles' 17-10 win over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Marcus Hayes' Eagles-Giants Report Card

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The Eagles kept Eli Manning mostly in check, and held the Giants´ rushing attack to just 29 yards. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles kept Eli Manning mostly in check, and held the Giants' rushing attack to just 29 yards. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
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Here are Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes' grades for the Eagles' 17-10 win over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Click here to send in your own report card.

Run offense

Given the task of running the ball at a mediocre run defense that knew LeSean McCoy would be the favored weapon, the Birds managed 136 rushing yards. McCoy had 113 yards, which included nine runs for a loss or no gain. His 60-yarder at the end kept him from his second-lowest output of the season, and kept the attack from a D-minus.

Grade: C

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Pass offense

Somehow, the game was still a game even with three interceptions by backup Vince Young. He made mistakes, but he never flinched. Consider it a grade on a huge curve.

Grade: B

Run defense

They held the league’s fourth-worst rushing attack to 29 rushing yards. Well, you’ve seen them do worse against worse.

Grade: A

Pass defense

Eli Manning’s turnaround season turned back around, even with the Eagles handicapped by the absence of Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the absence of 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham, a pass-rushing defensive end. Or were they?

Grade: A

Special teams

DeSean Jackson’s 51-yard punt return late in the second quarter almost made up for his game-losing fumble 2 weeks ago.

Grade: B

Overall

The Eagles played on the road, in prime time, without quarterback Michael Vick, without top receiver Jeremy Maclin and without third corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They played ugly, and they won.

Grade: A

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