Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eagles-Chargers report card

RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles only ran the ball 13 times, averaging just 2.2 yards. They were ineffective when they ran in the red zone and they were ineffective when they ran on third-and-short. Grade: F

Eagles-Chargers report card

Donovan McNabb may have put up good numbers, but his inconsistency in red zone situations was one of many shortcomings in the Eagles´ performance. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Donovan McNabb may have put up good numbers, but his inconsistency in red zone situations was one of many shortcomings in the Eagles' performance. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
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RUSHING OFFENSE
The Eagles only ran the ball 13 times, averaging just 2.2 yards. They were ineffective when they ran in the red zone and they were ineffective when they ran on third-and-short. Grade: F

PASSING OFFENSE
Donovan McNabb’s 450 passing yards were the second most of his career. But he was inconsistent in the red zone.
Grade: B

RUN DEFENSE
The Eagles became just the third team the Chargers managed to rush for 100-plus yards against. LaDainian Tomlinson, who had been averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, had a season-high 96 yards on 24 carries. Grade: C-minus

PASS DEFENSE
Philip Rivers had just five incompletions (25 attempts) against a patchwork back seven. The defense couldn’t get off the field in the fourth quarter, giving up two killer third-down completions that kept the ball away from Donovan McNabb and the offense. Grade: D

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SPECIAL TEAMS: The return game was unproductive. The Eagles committed two penalties on first-half punt returns. Sav Rocca shanked a punt that set up the Chargers’ first touchdown and their kickoff-coverage unit gave up 24.5 yards per attempt to Darren Sproles. Grade: F

OVERALL
The Eagles’ red-zone impotence, particularly in goal-to situations, was inexcusable. The injury-ravaged defense took an early beating, but kept battling until the fourth quarter when it couldn’t get off the field. Grade: C-plus

To read our earlier post with Andy Reid's comments on the game and Brian Westbrook, click here.

To read Les Bowen's in-game report, click here.

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