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

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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+
 
PASSING OFFENSE – Kevin Kolb’s first NFL start wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great, but this loss can hardly be placed on Kolb.

He completed 31 of 51 passes for 391 yards, threw two touchdowns, including a 71-yarder to DeSean Jackson, and three interceptions for a rating of 73.2.

The third interception came on the final play of the game and the Eagles inexplicably called a time out.

Kolb made a few mistakes, but also made some good throws and enginnered a nice drive in the final minute of the first half that resulted in a field goal.

Jackson (4 for 101) and tight end Brent Celek (8 for 104) had good games.
Grade: B
 
RUSHING DEFENSE – New Orleans is a pass first team, but the Saints got the lead and ran the ball better than they should have against the Eagles.

Mike Bell gained 86 yards on 17 carries and scored on a seven-yard touchdown that made it 31-13.

Reggie Bush was held to 33 yards on 10 carries, but scored on a 19-yard run in which he eluded Sheldon Brown, the man who crushed him in that playoff game back in 2006.
 
The Eagles didn’t miss tackles as much as they were blown off the ball by the Saints offensive line.
Grade: C-
 
PASSING DEFENSE – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is in one of those zones right now and the Eagles paid.

Brees was 25-for-34 for 311 yards and three touchdowns, which gave him nine for the season, and his quarterback rating was 118.6. He did throw one interception on an incredibly athletic play by linebacker Akeem Jordan, but other than that found openings all over the Eagles defense.
 
Marques Colston (8 for 98) and Devery Henderson (3 for 71) did most of the damage. But Brees was able to do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted.
Grade: D-
 
SPECIAL TEAMS – Where do you start?
Ellis Hobbs fumbled kickoff return to start the second half turned the entire game around and led to seven points.

DeSean Jackson made a poor decision to catch a punt at the 2 yardline, and two illegal blocks on the play didn’t help and led to another seven points.

Sav Rocca had a 34-yard punt and a 26-yard punt, which led to 10 more points.

The cover teams were actually pretty good, but that didn’t make up for the 24 points and difference in field position the special teams handed to the Saints.
Grade: F
 
Players of the Game
 
Offense – Drew Brees – He picked apart the Eagles all afternoon.
 
Defense – Scott Shanle – Had a game-high 11 tackles and a key interception that sealed the win for the Saints.

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