Domo’s grades for Eagles-Chargers
Here's Domo's report card - a look at what grades the Eagles deserve - of Chip Kelly's first home game.
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After getting a career-high 31 carries in Week 1, LeSean McCoy had just 11, and only three in the second half when 22 of the Eagles' 29 offensive plays were pass plays. McCoy finished with 53 yards. Michael Vick, who injured his groin in Week 1, passed up a lot of running opportunities until the fourth quarter, when he had four rushing attempts, including a 2-yard touchdown.
DeSean Jackson seemed to be able to get open at will. He was targeted 15 times and caught nine passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. He had his man beat at least two other times on deep routes, but Michael Vick overthrew him. A 37-yard, third-quarter TD to Jackson was wiped out by an illegal formation penalty on rookie right tackle Lane Johnson. Vick threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception for the second straight week.
The Eagles did a just-OK job against the ground game, holding Ryan Matthews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown to 4.1 yards per carry. They gave up seven runs of six yards or more. Trent Cole did force a fumble from Matthews in the second quarter that prevented another likely touchdown.
The Eagles were an equal-opportunity pass defense. They couldn’t muster a pass rush and couldn’t cover. They made Philip Rivers look like he should be on the next bus to Canton. He completed 76.6 percent of his passes, averaged 8.9 yards per attempt and threw three TDs.
Alex Henery converted three field goals, but it was the 46-yarder that went wide right just before the end of the first half that ended up looming large in a three-point loss. The coverage units were solid for the second straight week and punter Donnie Jones had a 43.0 net average on three attempts.
The game probably was a preview of what we’re going to see all season: an offense that is going to be fun to watch and put up a lot of points, and a defense that is going to get shredded by good quarterbacks. That’s a tough way for a team to survive.