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Grading the Eagles in their win against the Chiefs


RUSHING OFFENSE – Only the Eagles and Andy Reid could call just 24 running plays in a game they won by 20 points. They gained 95 yards on the 24 runs (take away Jeff Garcia’s three kneeldowns for minus two), which is OK. LeSean McCoy, playing for an injured Brian Westbrook (ankle) was impressive. The rookie second-round pick from Pitt got 20 of the calls and gained 84 yards, showing excellent cut-back ability. He also scored his first NFL touchdown on a five-yard run off a direct snap.

Grade: B-


PASSING OFFENSE – This Kevin Kolb guy can grow on you. In his second NFL start, Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards in his first two games. In the process, he also managed to take the headlines away from Michael Vick. Unlike in his debut, Kolb stayed away from the critical mistake. He threw for 327 yards on 24-for-34 passing, with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run and did not come close to getting sacked. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson continues to sizzle with another big touchdown, this one a 64-yarder from Kolb. Tight end Brent Celek also had a big game with eight more catches for 104 yards.  

Grade: A


RUSHING DEFENSE – Larry Johnson, Kansas City’s featured back, might be the definition of a shot fighter. Johnson carried 19 times for 38 yards and actually had one run of 14 yards. That means his other 18 carries amounted to just 24 yards. The Chiefs actually outgained the Eagles on the ground with 99 yards, but 22 came on an end around to Mark Bradley. Kansas City did not hurt the Eagles with their ground game in the least, as the front four was strong at the point and middle linebacker Omar Gaither played one of his better games.

Grade: B+


PASSING DEFENSE – Former Patriot, Matt Cassel was efficient as evidenced by his 124.5 passer rating, but his 18 attempts (14 completions) netted just 90 yards. Take away three sacks for 19 yards and it comes down to 71 yards passing. That’s not good. The Eagles got decent enough pressure on Cassel and also took away any deep throws. His longest completion went for just 13 yards. The fact the Chiefs were without their top wideout Dwayne Bowe made it a little easier.

Grade: B


SPECIAL TEAMS – There was certainly improvement from last week’s debacle against New Orleans. But there’s still a ways to go.

Punter Sav Rocca punted just three times and averaged 41 gross and 36 net. One of his three landed inside the 20.

Ellis Hobbs had a 32-yard kickoff return and averaged 28.5 on his two returns.

Kansas City did a great job on punt coverage, forcing DeSean Jackson to fair catch three of the four punts he fielded and gain no yards on the other. Jeremy Maclin lost three yards on his one return.

The Eagles also had two penalties on special teams, but that’s down from six the week before.

Coverage teams were decent, holding the Chiefs to a 7.5-yard average on two punt returns, and a 22.8 average on five kickoff returns.

David Akers made both of his field goals and had two touchbacks on kickoffs.

Grade: C