Domo's grades for Eagles-Buccaneers
After each game, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch offers his grades on the Eagles' performance.
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So much for the theory that the Eagles can’t run the ball without the read-option threat of Michael Vick. LeSean McCoy notched his third 100-yard rushing performance, collecting 116 yards on 25 carries. Vick’s replacement, Nick Foles, scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw on the Eagles’ first possession.
Nick Foles followed last week’s solid performance with another one, completing 71 percent of his passes and throwing three touchdown passes. He was 5-for-6 on third down and 3-for-4 in the red zone. Riley Cooper came out of witness protection to record the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
Aside from Doug Martin’s 24-yard, second-quarter run that set up a touchdown, the Eagles did a decent job of shutting down the Bucs’ ground game. Martin had just 43 yards on his other 15 carries. Thirteen of the Bucs’ runs gained 3 yards or less.
The Eagles had trouble getting pressure on rookie Mike Glennon most of the game and made tight end Tim Wright (7 receptions, 91 yards), who came into the game with six catches, look like Jimmy Graham. Vincent Jackson torched them for nine catches, 114 yards and 2 TDs.
The Eagles’ return game wasn’t very productive. Damaris Johnson made a dumb decision to run the opening kickoff out from 9 yards deep in his end zone. Punter Donnie Jones averaged 49.8 yards per attempt, but Eagles gave up a 40-yard punt return to Eric Page. Four of Alex Henery’s six kickoffs produced touchbacks.
With Tony Romo and the Cowboys a week away, the Eagles’ problems getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks is troubling. The offense had an excellent overall game against a very good defense. DeSean Jackson got the best of Darrelle Revis, catching six passes, including two for TDs.