Thursday, February 11, 2016

Eagles-Falcons report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles-Atlanta game. You can make your grade by clicking here. We will publish the reader report card in the Tuesday Daily News.

Eagles-Falcons report card


Here are our grades for the Eagles-Atlanta game. You can make your grade by clicking here. We will publish the reader report card in the Tuesday Daily News.

RUSHING OFFENSE: The Eagles attacked the Falcons’ aggressive defense with a lot of misdirection right out of the gate, including a couple of big end-arounds by DeSean Jackson and some nifty cutback running by LeSean McCoy. After building a 21-7 first-half lead, they ran the ball 24 times in the final two quarters. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE: With the exception of a late-first-half interception when he underthrew an open Brent Celek down the middle, Kevin Kolb did very little wrong. He completed all but six of his 29 attempts and threw three touchdown passes. Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant picked up the slack after DeSean Jackson got hurt. Grade: A-plus

RUN DEFENSE: A week after shutting down the 49ers’ ground game, the Eagles’ defense did the same thing to the Falcons, holding them to 65 yards on 19 carries. It helped that they seized the lead early and forced the Falcons to play catchup. But they took dangerous Michael Turner out of the game. He averaged just 3.2 yards per carry in the first half and 3.0 for the game. Grade: A-plus

PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles put relentless pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was held to his lowest completion percentage of the season. On the back end, the linebackers and secondary defended well, holding Ryan to 5.3 yards per attempt in the first three quarters. Cornerback Asante Samuel had his best game of the season, intercepting one pass and making several key breakups. Grade: A-minus

SPECIAL TEAMS: A swirling wind contributed to David Akers missing three field goal attempts for the first time in his NFL career. The Eagles’ coverage units, which have been a major liability much of the first 5 weeks of the season, held up pretty well. Punt returner Jorrick Calvin had an impressive 44-yard second-quarter return that set up a touchdown drive. Grade: B

OVERALL: Six weeks in, the league continues to be tough to read. But the win over the Falcons gives the Eagles a lot more street cred than their victories over the Lions, Jaguars and 49ers. Their offense was able to carry on without DeSean Jackson and for the second straight week, their defense shut down a top ground game. Grade: A

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