Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Eagles-Colts report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles in their win over Indianapolis on Sunday. Click here to make your own grades. We will publish the reader report card in Tuesday's Daily News.

Eagles-Colts report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles in their win over Indianapolis on Sunday. Click here to make your own grades. We will publish the reader report card in Tuesday's Daily News.

RUSHING OFFENSE

LeSean McCoy, who had no double-digit-yard runs in the previous two games, had a 62-yard run on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage. He finished with 95 yards on 16 carries. Michael Vick had his biggest rushing day since Week 1, picking up 74 yards on 10 carries, including 32- and 24-yard runs on third down. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE

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Michael Vick targeted DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin 16 times and completed 11 passes to them for 157 yards. He hit Jackson, who notched his third 100-yard receiving performance, for a 9-yard TD pass less than 2 minutes into the game. Vick only completed 17 of 29 passes, but didn’t throw an interception, running his streak of consecutive attempts without a pick to 154. Grade: B

RUN DEFENSE

The Colts were without their top two running backs — Joseph Addai and Mike Hart. But the Eagles shut down Nos. 3 and 4, holding Donald Brown and Javarris James to 62 rushing yards and 3.3 yards per carry. The Eagles now have held their last four opponents to 3.2 yards per carry. Grade: A

PASS DEFENSE

The Eagles’ intercepted Peyton Manning twice, which is as many times as he had been picked off in the Colts’ first seven games. Manning was playing with a lot of makeshift receiving weapons, but the Eagles had a first-time starter at right cornerback (Dimitri Patterson) and a rookie seventh-round pick (Kurt Coleman) getting his most substantial playing time of the season at free safety, and held the Colts quarterback to 5.7 yards per attempt and a .596 completion percentage. Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS

David Akers made all four of his field goal attempts, including a 44-yarder in the third quarter that gave the Eagles the league for good. Punter Sav Rocca had an 18-yard punt late in the second quarter that gave the Colts a short field for a field-goal drive. But he had two clutch punts in the fourth quarter. Grade: B

OVERALL

Two weeks after their fourth-quarter meltdown against Tennessee, the Eagles hung tough down the stretch against Peyton Manning. The Eagles sacked Manning, who had gone down just seven times in the first seven games, three times, and intercepted him twice. For just the third time this season, the Eagles didn’t have a giveaway. Grade: A-

**

To read our earlier coverage from the game, click here.

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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