Friday, September 19, 2014
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Eagles-Bucs Report Card

Here are our grades for the Eagles' 33-14 win over Tampa Bay:

Eagles-Bucs Report Card

Here are our grades for the Eagles' 33-14 win over Tampa Bay:

RUSHING OFFENSE
The Eagles only rushed for 76 yards and 30 of those came on two runs by quarterback Donovan McNabb. Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy combined for just 32 yards on 12 carries. Not good. Particularly against a defense that was ranked 30th against the run going in. Grade: D
 

PASSING OFFENSE
Back after missing two games with a fractured rib, Donovan McNabb turned in one of the better performances of his career. He completed 16 of 21 passes and threw for three TDs, including two to rookie Jeremy Maclin, who finished with 142 receiving yards. Grade: A-plus

RUN DEFENSE
The Bucs had 85 rushing yards, but 40 of them came on five scrambles by quarterback Josh Johnson. Their two running backs, Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward, were held to 45 yards on 16 carries, though Ward broke free for a 28-yard gain on third-and-15 late in the second quarter. Grade: A-minus
 

PASS DEFENSE
Yes, they intercepted Josh Johnson three times. But they also gave up two TD passes to tight end Kellen Winslow and allowed a disturbing 13 passing first downs, which was just two less than they gave up to the Saints’ Drew Brees. Grade: C-minus

SPECIAL TEAMS
They had two dumb early penalties and gave up 34- and 38-yard kickoff returns to Clifton Smith. Their return game wasn’t productive. David Akers nailed his only field-goal attempt – a 44-yarder – and punter Sav Rocca had one of the best days of his career. He had a 48.8-yard gross average and a 43.4 net average. Grade: C-plus

OVERALL
The good news is they beat a team they should have beaten and gave yet another indication that their passing game is going to be special this season. The bad news is they didn’t run the ball well and allowed the league’s second-worst third-down offense to convert nine of 18 times. Grade: B

To read Andy Reid's postgame remarks, click here

To read Les Bowen's thoughts from the game as it happened, click here.

 

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