Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eagles-Vikings report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles' wild-card victory over Minnesota:

Eagles-Vikings report card

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Here are our grades for the Eagles' wild-card victory over Minnesota:

RUSHING OFFENSE

The Vikings’ run defense was as good as advertised and held the Eagles to 2.9 yards per carry, Brian Westbrook to 1.9. But to Andy Reid’s credit, he stuck with the run enough to at least keep the Vikings honest. Grade: C-minus

PASSING OFFENSE

Donovan Mc Nabb’s protection was shaky much of the night and he turned the ball over twice. But he completed 12 of 15 attempts in the second half, including that beautifully executed screen to Westbrook for a 71-yard TD. Grade: B-plus

RUN DEFENSE

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Eagles gave up that 40-yard second-quarter TD run to Adrian Peterson, but held him to 43 yards on his other 19 carries. Fourteen of Peterson’s 20 carries went for yards or less. Grade: B-plus

PASS DEFENSE

For the third time in the last 5 games, the Eagles held the opposing quarterback to a completion rate under 50 percent. Asante Samuel’s 44-yard interception return for a TD gave the Eagles a 16-7 lead. Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS

David Akers booted four field goals, including three from 40-plus yards. DeSean Jackson gashed the Vikings porous punt coverage unit. His 62-yard return in the first quarter set up Akers’ first field goal. Sav Rocca had a 44.0 net average and put all 4 of his attempts inside the 20. Grade: A-plus

OVERALL

For the fifth straight game, Jim Johnson’s defense held the opposition to 14 points or less. Donovan McNabb turned the ball over twice, but turned in a poised performance. And Andy Reid stayed with the run enough to keep the Vikings honest. Grade: B-plus

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Our earlier reports:

* Early word from the Giants

* Westbrook tough to stop, and more postgame from Andy Reid

* Wowzers, Les Bowen's rundown of the game as it happened

* Lurie: Every intention to keep McNabb

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