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Eagles-Lions report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles-Lions game. Follow this link in order to cast your vote. We will run the results in Tuesday's Daily News and here on Eagletarian.

Eagles-Lions report card

Eagles LeSean McCoy flexes his muscle to celebrate his second touchdown of the game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photograher)
Eagles LeSean McCoy flexes his muscle to celebrate his second touchdown of the game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photograher)

Here are our grades for the Eagles-Lions game. Follow this link in order to cast your vote. We will run the results in Tuesday's Daily News and here on Eagletarian.

RUN OFFENSE
LeSean McCoy rushed for a career-high 120 yards and three TDs. That doesn’t include another 48 yards he had negated by penalties. Most of his success, including all his scores, came out of spread, three- and four-wide receiver sets. McCoy had just 11 yards on five carries out of two-back sets. Mike Vick had two rushing first downs.
Grade: A

PASS OFFENSE
Under duress almost every time he dropped back, either because of blitzes or just bad protection, Mike Vick survived six sacks and notched his second straight 100-plus passer rating in as many games. DeSean Jackson had 135 receiving yards, and he and Jeremy Maclin caught TD passes in the same game for the first time since last Nov. 1 vs. the Giants. Grade: B-plus

RUN DEFENSE
Without Stewart Bradley clogging the middle, the Eagles gave up 109 rushing yards in the first half. They did better in the second half, but mainly because the Lions didn’t run as much (nine second-half carries compared to 17 in the first half). Bradley’s replacement, Omar Gaither, had a team-high 11 tackles, but too many of them were 7 or more yards downfield. Grade: C

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PASS DEFENSE
Eagles gave up a 75-yard touchdown to running back Jahvid Best on a second-quarter screen, but otherwise did a decent job on Shaun Hill until the last 6 minutes, when he completed 10 of 12 passes and drove the Lions for two scores, making the game closer than it should have been. Eagles’ coverage problems vs. tight ends surfaced again. Grade: C-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS
Two rookies – safety Kurt Coleman and wide receiver Riley Cooper — didn’t distinquish themselves. Coleman had two costly special-teams penalties and Cooper dropped a fourth-quarter onside kick that one-hopped right into his hands. Sav Rocca had four 50-plus yard punts. Kickoff coverage was much better, but Stefan Logan gashed the punt-coverage unit for 11.3 yards per attempt, though the distance on many of Rocca’s punts contributed somewhat to that. Grade: B-minus

OVERALL
It’s hard to see how Kevin Kolb is going to be able to survive and prosper behind an offensive line that struggled badly for the second straight week. Yes, the Lions came with a lot of zero blitzes. But many times, people were just getting beat. That 75-yard screen pass for a touchdown they gave up to Jahvid Best brought back ugly memories of the two Dallas games. But hey, they’re 1-1. Grade: B

To read our previous reports from Ford Field, click here.

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