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Eagles-Bills Report Card

Here are Paul Domowitch's grades from the Eagles' loss to the Bills. You can click here to make your grades.

Eagles-Bills Report Card

Andy Reid watches as a pass intended for LeSean McCoy is intercepted in the first quarter. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid watches as a pass intended for LeSean McCoy is intercepted in the first quarter. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Here are Paul Domowitch's grades from the Eagles' loss to the Bills. You can click here to make your grades.

RUSHING OFFENSE

The Eagles rushed for 174 yards, including 90 by Michael Vick, who passed Randall Cunningham to become the league's all-time rushing leader among QBs. LeSean McCoy rushed for 80 yards on just 11 carries. Had four runs of 10 yards or more, including a 10-yarder for his fifth rushing TD of the season. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE

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Michael Vick threw for 315 yards and 2 TDs and completed 65 percent of his passes. He also threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Wide receiver Jason Avant had one of the most productive games of his career (9 catches, 139 yards), but had the ball taken away twice, including late in the game when the Eagles were driving for a tying score. Grade: C-minus

RUN DEFENSE

The Bills rushed for 143 yards, but need 35 carries to get them. Juan Castillo's defense did a better job — relatively speaking — of limiting big runs. Eagles gave up just three double-digit runs, of 11, 15 and 22 yards. Grade: C-plus

PASS DEFENSE

The Eagles had problems against the screen game as running back Fred Jackson caught six passes for 85 yards, including a 49-yarder in the second quarter that set up a TD. Hard-to-sack Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought down just once and threw just six incompletions in 27 attempts. Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS

Alex Henery, who missed two costly field-goal attempts last week, nailed his only attempt — from 35 yards — in the fourth quarter to get the Eagles within a touchdown. DeSean Jackson had a 20-yard punt return. Dion Lewis only averaged 20.7 yards on three kickoff returns. Grade: B-plus

OVERALL

Five turnovers after a week of listening to their coaches talk about the importance of ball protection. A defense whose red-zone ineptness reaches new lows every week. And inexplicably poor decision-making by both the coach and quarterback at the end of the first half that cost the Eagles three points. Grade: D

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