Here are Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles-Packers game. This season, you get to make the grades too. Click here to cast your votes. We will print the results in Tuesday's Daily News.
If your idea of a ground game is your quarterback taking off and running, then the Eagles were terrific. Mike Vick rushed for 103 yards on 11 scampers, though the one time he should have run — on a third-and-goal from the 5 with 6 minutes left — he foolishly decided to throw. The running backs – LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver – combined for just eight carries, though McCoy had a nice, 12-yard scoring run.
At halftime, center Mike McGlynn actually had more receptions – one – than wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek. Jackson and Celek finished with a combined six catches for 62 yards. Kevin Kolb completed five of 10 passes for 24 yards and should have had three interception before he left the game with a concussion. Mike Vick did much better, completing 16 of 24 passes. Grade: C
The Eagles held the Packers to 66 yards on 14 carries in the first half. But the loss of middle linebacker Stewart Bradley took its toll in the second half, and particularly in the third quarter, when the Pack averaged 5.7 yards per carry. RBs Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson combined for 108 yards on 26 carries. Grade: C-plus
The Eagles sacked Aaron Rodgers three times, intercepted him twice and held him to 6.06 yards per attempt. They also neutralized dangerous TE Jermichael Finley, holding him to four catches for 47 yards. But they gave up a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings late in the third quarter that ended up being the game-winning points.
Bobby April’s kickoff-coverage unit was atrocious, giving up costly 51-, 40- and 28-yard returns right after second-half scores. Punter Sav Rocca had a great day, averaging 49.6 yards a punt. He had two 57-yarders. PR DeSean Jackson and KR Ellis Hobbs were non-factors. Grade: C-minus
Mike Vick was able to create problems for the Packers’ defense with his legs, but that’s not a long-term answer for offensive prosperity. The Eagles’ passing game, with the exception of a couple of effective screens, was lousy. The defense played much better. They got pressure on Aaron Rodgers with a four-man rush, but got hurt by the run after Stewart Bradley went out. Grade: C
To read Andy Reid's postgame comments, click here.
To read Les Bowen's live blog from the game, click here.