Friday, December 26, 2014

Paul Domowitch’s Report Card

Omar Gaither celebrates the fourth-quarter safety that helped seal the Eagles´ 15-6 win over Pittsburgh. (Yong Kim/Daily News)
Omar Gaither celebrates the fourth-quarter safety that helped seal the Eagles' 15-6 win over Pittsburgh. (Yong Kim/Daily News)

Here are our grades for the Eagles-Steelers game:

RUSHING OFFENSE

Steelers weren't going to be easy to run against anyway. But without Brian Westbrook for the final three quarters, they finished with their fewest rushing yards (65) since Week 12 of last season.

Grade: D-minus

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  • PASSING OFFENSE

    Donovan McNabb completed his first 15 passes, but then the music died. He averaged a pitiful 3.1 yards per attempt in the second half.

    Grade: B-minus

    RUN DEFENSE

    Willie Parker came in to the game with two consecutive 100-yard rushing performances and an impressive 4.6-yard-per-carry average. He left with 20 yards on 13 carries. Eagles have held their first three opponents to 2.4 yards per carry.

    Grade: A-plus

    PASS DEFENSE

    Ben Roethlisberger is going to have nightmares about this game for a while. Jim Johnson unleashed the blitz hounds and they sacked Big Ben eight times and held him to 5.2 yards per attempt.

    Grade: A-plus

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    P Sav Rocca is off to a Pro Bowl-caliber start this season. He put three of five punts inside the 10 vs. Steelers and nailed another one 64 yards when the Eagles were pinned deep in their own territory. Coverage units did a solid job.

    Grade: A-minus

    OVERALL

    With the offense missing four starters for most/all of the game, the defense had to carry the day, and boy, did they carry it, blitzing the heck out of Ben Roethlisberger and holding the Steelers to 180 net yards.

    Grade: A-minus

     **Agree with Domo's report card? Give the Eagles your own grades HERE.

    PAUL DOMOWITCH pdomo@aol.com
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