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NFL Week 6-Grading the Eagles in their loss to the Raiders

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When you lose to the Oakland Raiders, well there isn’t much good to say.

So let’s just get right to the grading of the Eagles in their embarrassing 13-9 defeat to the Silver and Black.
 
Run Offense: Even though they were never down by more than a touchdown, the Eagles ran the ball just 14 times. They gained 67 yards on those 14 carries, led by Brian Westbrook’s 50 yards on all of six carries. LeSean McCoy continues to split time with Westbrook and got five carries, but managed just 13 yards and eight of those came on one carry. It’s been 11 years so we know Andy Reid likes to throw the ball more than he likes to run, but c’mon a ratio of 52-14 in a game that was close the whole way is just ridiculous.
Grade: C+ for the runs; F for Reid’s ratio
 
Pass Offense: Quarterback Donovan McNabb had another chance for a fourth-quarter comeback and once again he failed. Down 13-9, McNabb got the ball back at his 20 with 3:42 to play. He got into Oakland territory, but could not convert on 3rd-and-10 from the 49 (the Eagles were 2-for-16 on third down) or 4th-and-4 from 43. McNabb’s numbers were pedestrian 22-for-46 for 269 yards for a rating of 66.3. He also suffered from six dropped passes and six sacks, as his receivers and linemen also had a long day. Left tackle Jason Peters would have a rough day against Richard Seymour, but when he went out and King Dunlap entered it was a total mismatch. The Eagles also had one when Oakland’s best player Nnamdi Asomugha went out with an eye injury in the first quarter, but failed to take advantage. McNabb did have a nice 51-yard connection with DeSean Jackson and made a nice throw to Westbrook on a checkdown that resulted in a long gain. He was also saved from an interception on a bad pass interference call by the ref.
Grade: D+
 
Run Defense: Oakland has a trio of good running backs, but played without Darren McFadden. Justin Fargas gained 87 yards on 23 carries and Mike Bush had 22 on six. That’s not a great average, but the Raiders stuck with the run and when they needed to run out the clock at the end of the fourth quarter they were able to do just that. The Eagles defensive line seemed to get pushed around some by an Oakland line that had not played very well this year.
Grade: C-
 
Pass Defense: Can we end the Jeremiah Trotter experiment once and for all. The guy can’t play and he can’t cover anyone. Zack Miller totally embarrassed him on an 86-yard touchdown play, the only touchdown of the game. Trotter was beaten by Miller on the play and then lunged and missed the tackle that allowed the tight end to go the distance. He was rarely seen after that. Send him back to the radio station. JaMarcus Russell wasn’t good, because he’s well not good enough to be good, but the Eagles didn’t make him pay. They allowed him to make more plays than he had all season.
Grade: C
 
Special Teams: David Akers has to make field goals in the 40-49 yard range. He did account for all the team’s points, but went just 3-for-5. If he goes 5-for-5 this is an ugly win instead of an embarrassing loss. The coverage teams actually did an excellent job, holding the Raiders to 0.8 yards on punt returns and 12.7 on kickoff returns. Jackson averaged 10.8 on punt returns for the Eagles, but Quintin Demps managed just 18.3 on kickoffs. Stick with Ellis Hobbs for that.
Grade: C