Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eagles-Raiders report card

Paul Domowitch’s report card on the Eagles-Raiders game:

Eagles-Raiders report card

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Donovan McNabb and the Eagles´ offense managed just nine points Sunday against the Raiders. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Donovan McNabb and the Eagles' offense managed just nine points Sunday against the Raiders. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Paul Domowitch’s report card on the Eagles-Raiders game:

RUSHING OFFENSE: Passaholic Andy Reid fell off the wagon and called just 11 run plays for Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. Westbrook had 25- and 9-yard runs on the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, then carried the ball just two more times the rest of the game. Grade: D

PASSING OFFENSE: A week after completing 76.2 percent of his passes against the Bucs, Donovan McNabb completed just 22 of 46 passes against the Raiders. The offensive line had no clue how to deal with the Raiders’ blitzes and stunts, the receivers dropped passes and McNabb didn’t make plays when he had opportunities.
Grade: F

RUN DEFENSE: The Raiders only averaged 3.3 yards per carry, but were effective enough running the ball with Justin Fargas to force the Eagles to stay in their base defense more than they would have liked. Grade: C

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PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles gave up 224 passing yards to a guy who hadn’t thrown for more than 128 since Week 1. The Raiders took advantage of middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter’s lack of speed on Zach Miller’s 86-yard touchdown catch-and-run late in the first quarter. Miller became the latest tight end to feast on the Eagles’ defense.
Grade: F

SPECIAL TEAMS: David Akers missed costly 43- and 47-yard field goals that would have changed the outcome of the game. Eagles didn’t get much out of their return game. Grade: D

OVERALL: When Andy Reid said he was outcoached, he was spot on. He and his staff were completely caught by surprise by the blitzes and stunts and coverages the Raiders threw at Donovan McNabb and company. McNabb was sacked a disgraceful six times by a defense that managed just nine in their first five games. Grade: F
 

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