Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Saints Report Card
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Saints.
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Saints. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Wednesday's Daily News.
RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown combined for 150 rushing yards in the first half alone. McCoy, who had been held to 120 rushing yards in the previous three games, had 101 yards on 13 first-half carries.
PASSING OFFENSE: Until he found DeSean Jackson for a 77-yard touchdown catch and run early in the third quarter, Michael Vick had averaged just 4.0 yards per attempt. With right tackle Todd Herremans leaving with an injured foot late in the first quarter, the Eagles gave up three first-half sacks.
RUN DEFENSE: The Saints, who entered the game ranked dead last in the league in rushing, rushed for 106 yards in the first half on just 10 carries. One hundred two of those yards came in the second quarter. They gave up three runs of 19 yards or more in the first half, including a 22-yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory.
PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles' lack of depth at safety was felt as the Saints worked over Nate Allen's replacement, David Sims. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha gave up another touchdown pass in the second quarter, to Marques Colston. The Eagles struggled to contain tight end Jimmy Graham.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Without Darren Sproles to worry about, the Eagles' coverage units did a decent job. A trick play on a third-quarter kickoff return was ruined when Brandon Boykin was called for an illegal forward pass on what was supposed to be an across-the-field lateral to Riley Cooper.
OVERALL: If ever there was an ideal opportunity for the Eagles' offense to get untracked, this game was it. But they managed to score just three first-half points despite racking up 207 net yards. Swung and missed on two first-half red-zone opportunities, one of which resulted in a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Saints' Patrick Robinson. Three-and-five. Start blowing taps.