Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eagles-Giants Report Card

Our report card on the Eagles' win over the Giants:

Eagles-Giants Report Card

Brian Westbrook´s 203 total yards were almost as many as the entire Giants offense combined. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Brian Westbrook's 203 total yards were almost as many as the entire Giants offense combined. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Our report card on the Eagles' win over the Giants:

RUSHING OFFENSE

Amazingly, the pass-happy Eagles did the smart thing on a windy day and ran the ball. Ran it a season-high 41 times. Gave it to Brian Westbrook a career-high 33 times. Only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but controlled the ball, particularly in the second half, when they had for 20 1/2 minutes  Grade: A-minus

PASSING OFFENSE

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Donovan McNabb completed 19 of 30 passes, including 12 to Brian Westbrook and L.J . Smith. Didn’t throw an interception for the second straight game. Westbrook’s 72 receiving yards were a season high. So were Smith’s six receptions. Grade: B-plus

RUN DEFENSE

A month ago, Brandon Jacobs and the Giants steamrolled the Eagles for 219 rushing yards. In Sunday’s rematch, the Eagles held them to 88 yards on 24 carries. Giants had just 2 runs of 10 yards or more. Grade: B-plus

PASS DEFENSE

With no Plaxico Burress to worry about and a little assist from the wind, the Eagles held Eli Manning to seven completions in 21 attempts in the first three quarters. Safeties and linebackers did an excellent job on tight end Kevin Boss, holding him to one catch for 5 yards. Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS

David Akers, who entered the game just 9-for-18 in his career at the Meadowlands had a near-disastrous day. He had two field goal attempts blocked, including one that was returned for a touchdown at the end of the first half. Grade: D

OVERALL

So much for the belief that the Giants were unbeatable. The Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines both won the trench battles. In man-bites-dog news, Andy Reid ran the ball a season-high 41 times. Grade: A

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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