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NFL Week 8-Grading the Eagles in their Blowout win over The Giants


Who saw this coming?

After two sub-par efforts against two bad teams, the Eagles played their finest game of the season in a complete rout of the New York Giants, 40-17, Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Here’s the way the team graded out in this one.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb had decent time to set and throw against the Giants vaunted defensive front and picked the secondary apart. McNabb completed 17 of 23 passes for 240 yards with three touchdowns for a 146.7 quarterback rating, his highest rating of the season. Of his six incomplete passes, four were batted down at the line of scrimmage
. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught a 54-yard touchdown pass, his sixth touchdown of 50 yards or more in just seven games. That tied the team record of Timmy Brown and is just two shy of the NFL record shared by the Rams’ Crazy Legs Hirsch and the Bears’ Devin Hester. Rookie receiver Jeremy Maclin caught all four passes thrown his way for 47 yards and a 23-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. Tight end Brent Celek also caught four passes for 61 yards and a 20-yard touchdown.
Grade: A
Head coach Andy Reid and coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called a balanced game with 24 rushes and 25 called passes. That’s pretty good.
Without Brian Westbrook (concussion), rookie LeSean McCoy carried 11 times for 82 yards – in both of his starts for an injured Westrbook he has gone over 80 yards – and scored on a 66-yard run. That was the longest run by an Eagles rookie since Herman Hunter ran 75 yards in 1984.  Fullback Leonard Weaver also got eight carries for 75 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown. That was the longest run by an Eagles fullback since a 44-yard run by Anthony Toney in 1989. The Eagles controlled the ball for over 35 minutes.
Grade: A
PASSING DEFENSE: The Eagles bothered Eli Manning right from the start. They actually intercepted him three times -- one was nullified by a bad call on a holding penalty -- and dropped two other potential interceptions.
Manning finished 20-for-39 for 222 yards for a rating of 55.7 The Eagles sacked him twice, but pressured him six more times and made him a non-factor in the game. Jason Babin and Chris Clemons shared one sack and Antonio Dixon got the other, but Trent Cole seemed to be in the Giants backfield all game. In the secondary, Asante Samuel got one pick and Quintin Demps got the other. Sheldon Brown had the one taken away. Steve Smith caught eight passes for the Giants, but didn’t really hurt the Eagles.
Grade: A

Getting the lead helped take the Giants strength away. Brandon Jacobs still ran 20 times for 86 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per carry, but Ahmad Bradshaw was held to just 21 yards on nine carries, an average of just 2.3 yards per carry. Weakside linebacker Akeem Jordan was very solid against the run, as was safety Sean Jones, who filled in for an injured Victor Harris.
Grade: B
This unit played better, but still had its share of mistakes.
Kick returner Ellis Hobbs had a real nice game, averaging 29.3 yards on three returns, and Jackson returned his one punt 30 yards just at the end of the half. Punt coverage was very good (5.0 yard avg.) and kickoff coverage was decent (22.9). Punter Sav Rocca averaged 47.3 gross, 44.0 net and put two of his three kicks inside the 20 yardline. David Akers made both of his field goal attempts, but had an extra point attempt blocked. There was also a penalty on one return, and a fumbled kickoff that led to one of the Giants scores..
Grade: B

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