Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eagles-Panthers report card

Here is our report card from today's Eagles-Panthers game:

Eagles-Panthers report card

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Eagles defensive lineman Trent Cole takes down Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme during the Birds´ 38-10 win in Week 1. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Eagles defensive lineman Trent Cole takes down Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme during the Birds' 38-10 win in Week 1. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Here is our report card from today's Eagles-Panthers game:

RUSH OFFENSE: Brian Westbrook, who didn’t play a down in the preseason following ankle surgery, rushed for 64 yards, including 45 on seven carries in the first half. DeSean Jackson rushed for 33 yards, 25 of it on an end-around and the other 8 out of the Wildcat. Grade: A-minus

PASS OFFENSE: Donovan McNabb averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt before he got hurt, but collected a pair of TD passes. He misfired on an early-third-quarter interception when he failed to get a pass to a wide-open Kevin Curtis over the head of middle linebacker Jon Beason. Grade: C-minus

RUN DEFENSE: The Panthers rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries on their first possession, including an 11-yard cutback run by DeAngelo Williams for a touchdown. But the Eagles shut the door after that, holding Carolina to 31 rushing yards on 20 attempts the rest of the game. Grade: A

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PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles’ aggressive pass rush terrorized three Carolina QBs, notched five sacks and helping force five interceptions. They chased starter Jake Delhomme midway through the third quarter after a dreadful 7-for-17, four-interception effort. Grade: A-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS: DeSean Jackson had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Eagles a 17-7 lead. David Akers had a 51-yard field goal attempt blocked and sent a late-second quarter kickoff out of bounds, and the punt-coverage unit gave up a 26-yard return. Grade: B-minus

OVERALL: The offense finished with just 267 yards and converted only five of 13 third-down opportunities. But the defense came up big, forcing seven turnovers in Sean McDermott’s debut as defensive coordinator. Grade: B-minus

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To read our earlier report on Donovan McNabb's injury, click here.

To read our highights from the game, click here.

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