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Grading the Eagles in their Win Over the Bucs

When the opposition in the NFL offers little resistance, it’s tough to judge just how well you played. The Eagles, who now have three wins over three teams with a combined 1-13 record and a loss to an unbeaten team, are caught in that trap. Sunday’s 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is what was expected for the most part. Let’s break it down.

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Risk, Reward and the Eagles Special Teams

DeSean Jackson caught a punt at the 2 yard line and not only didn’t realize what was wrong with that, said he would do it again. Ellis Hobbs fumbled the second-half kickoff trying to get a few more yards and talked about how that separates him from other returnmen. Sav Rocca saw two of his punts travel a combined 60 yards and wasn’t the least bit concerned about his job security.

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NFL Week 2-Grading the Eagles' loss to the Saints

RUSHING OFFENSE – The Eagles were efficient with their running game in the first half, using 12 carries to gain 60 yards, an average of five yards per carry. Six of those 12 plays came out of the “Wildcat’’ formation which produced positive yards every time. As the game got away in the second half, the Eagles ran nine more times for 25 yards. Rookie LeSean McCoy took over for Bran Westbrook (ankle) and ran five times for 18 yards. Grade: C+ 

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Special Teams Need to be More Special

Despite two explosive rookie returnmen, a veteran kicker and a strong-legged punter, the Eagles special teams were mired in mediocrity a year ago. That might be why Rory Segrest is now the team’s defensive line coach and Ted Daisher, a former special teams assistant under John Harbaugh, is back in charge of the once top-five unit. Daisher left the Eagles to first become the Oakland Raiders special teams coach and then moved onto Cleveland under Romeo Crennel.

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