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Eagles-Rams Report Card

Here is the Daily News' report card from the Eagles' victory over the Rams. Click here to send in your own grades.

Eagles-Rams Report Card

DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy celebrate McCoy´s first quarter touchdown against the Rams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy celebrate McCoy's first quarter touchdown against the Rams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here is the Daily News' report card from the Eagles' victory over the Rams. Click here to send in your own grades.

RUSHING OFFENSE

LeSean McCoy notched his fourth career 100-yard rushing performance. He rushed for 122 yards, with 95 coming on four fourth-quarter carries, including a 49-yard TD romp. Michael Vick scrambled for 98 yards on 10 carries, including four of 17 yards or more. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE

Michael Vick was much more productive with his legs than with his arm. He completed just 14 of 32 passes for 187 yards, though he did have two TDs and zero interceptions and 11 of his 14 completions went for first downs, including six on third down. He targeted DeSean Jackson 12 times. Jackson caught six of them for 102 yards, including a 6-yard TD. Grade: B-minus

RUN DEFENSE

It was ugly early on. Steven Jackson gashed them for a 47-yard TD on the Rams’ first offensive play. Rams piled up 90 rushing yards on their first two possessions. But then the defense tightened up, holding the Rams to 3.4 yards per carry the rest of the game. Grade: B-minus

PASS DEFENSE

While they certainly will face stiffer aerial tests as the season goes on, the new and improved pass defense was extremely effective, holding the Rams’ second-year quarterback, Sam Bradford, to a .566 completion percentage and a puny 6.3 yards per attempt. Jim Washburn’s vaunted wide-nine pass rush produced five sacks. No interceptions, but no TD passes, either. Grade: A-minus

SPECIAL TEAMS

Rookie kick returner Dion Lewis made a couple of poor decisions, bringing out a pair of first-half kickoffs from deep in the end zone rather than settle for touchbacks. Coverage units were solid, and the rookie kickers did fine. Grade: B

OVERALL

When you consider all the pregame fear and loathing over the readiness of the offensive line and the ability of the linebackers to walk and chew gum at the same time, and then look at the 18-point road win they walked out of St. Louis with, well, all in all, it was a pretty good day. Grade: B-plus

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