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Grading the Eagles

After an 18 point road win, it's mostly a positive look at the Eagles this week, though, as always, some parts of the team shined more than others. Here's our evaluation of the Eagles by position after their 31-13 win over the Rams.

Grading the Eagles

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

After an 18 point road win, it's mostly a positive look at the Eagles this week, though, as always, some parts of the team shined more than others. Here's our evaluation of the Eagles by position after their 31-13 win over the Rams.

Quarterback: Michael Vick threw two touchdowns -- including a beautiful lead pass to DeSean Jackson -- and ran for 98 yards, often making big gains out of what should have been defensive stops (he could have had 100 but the stats-keepers took away two yards on game-ending kneel downs). He got caught unaware of blind side pressure a few times, though, once losing a fumble. His passing numbers were ordinary: 14 of 32 for 187 yards. B

Running backs: It was slow going early, but LeSean McCoy exploded for 95 yards in the fourth quarter. He finished with 122 yards on 15 carries. Ronnie Brown and Dion Lewis got touches, but neither did much. The group was up and down in pass protection. But Shady’s play was the biggest factor. He scored twice. A-

Wide receivers: DeSean Jackson went for 102 yards on six catches, including a 41-yard gain, though he couldn’t haul in what could have been a big touchdown strike. Fairly quiet day from the rest of the group. B-

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Tight ends: Brent Celek had just one catch and appeared to miss badly on some early blocking assignments. He did help on McCoy’s fourth quarter touchdown run. C

Offensive line: There were some rough spots early, when pass rushers came free and the running game was stuck. But the group got better as the game went on and they powered the run in the fourth quarter. Vick was sacked three times, and it would have been worse if not for his moves. But it wasn’t the train wreck many feared with so many moving parts. A 237 yard rushing day is impressive. B

Defensive line: They did what they were brought here to do: pressure the quarterback. The line had five sacks and 11 quarterback hits, and Juqua Parker even scored the game’s winning points. They have to take some of the blame, though, for getting gashed by the run. A-

Linebackers: Run responsibility falls heavily on this group. As a team the Eagles gave up 154 yards rushing, allowing the Rams to average 5.9 yards per attempt. Casey Matthews and Moise Fokou were consistently blocked. Jamar Chaney made some plays, but not enough. C-

Defensive backs: Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha smothered the Rams’ receivers. The top pass catcher for St. Louis was running back Cadillac Williams, who gained only 49 yards on six receptions. A solid performance there. The safeties weren't close on Steven Jackson's opening touchdown. B+

Specialists: Alex Henery hit his only field goal attempt, a 34 yarder, and put all of his kick offs into the end zone except for a squibb at the end of the first half. Chas Henry averaged 36.3 yards on three punts. B

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