Domo's grades for Eagles-Vikings
After each game, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch offers his grades on the Eagles' performance.
Click HERE to offer your own grades for the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which will be published in Tuesday's Daily News.
The fact that Nick Foles was the Eagles' leading rusher (41 yards) pretty much says it all. A week after setting the single-game franchise rushing record, LeSean McCoy had just eight carries for 38 yards. Eagles' 79 rushing yards were their second fewest of the season.
For a guy who threw for a career-high 428 yards and three touchdowns, Nick Foles left a lot of plays on the field. Some of that was his fault, some his receivers', some his offensive line, which gave up four sacks, including two in the red zone and two on third down.
With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart both out with injuries, the Vikings had to go with Matt Asiata, who came into the game with three career carries. He got 30 of them yesterday and was held to 51 yards, but rushed for three TDs. Eagles gave up a costly, 12-yard scramble to Matt Cassel on a second-quarter third-and-5 that kept alive a touchdown drive.
Matt Cassel — Matt freaking Cassel — completed 74 percent of his attempts and threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns against a defense that played its worst game since the Week 4 Denver fiasco. They have prided themselves on not giving up the deep ball, yet were burned four times for 30-plus-yard completions.
Chip Kelly's fear of kicking to Cordarrelle Patterson resulted in pooch kickoffs by Alex Henery that continually gave the Vikings excellent field position. Brad Smith had a 47-yard kickoff return, but DeSean Jackson seemed reluctant to come up and field short punts. Henery converted all three of his field-goal attempts.
Some really questionable decisions by Chip Kelly and his staff, including the pooch kickoffs, giving the ball to LeSean McCoy just eight times, going for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 24 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and the Charmin coverage against the Vikings' receivers. Against a three-win team, they opened the door for the Cowboys.