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Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Buccaneers report card

Here is Domo's report card for the Eagles-Buccaneers game. Click here to send in your own grades.


Even without Ryan Mathews, the Eagles did a decent job of running against a defense that came into the game ranked third in rushing average (3.6 yards allowed per carry). They finished with 136 yards, including 80 in the first half, and averaged 4.9 yards per carry, which was their third highest average of the season. DeMarco Murray had 64 yards on 13 carries.

GRADE: B-plus


The next idiot who suggests Mark Sanchez is a better fit than Sam Bradford for Chip Kelly's offense should have his mouth washed out with soap. Yeah, he looked decent at times. But he also had three interceptions and more off-target throws than a starting quarterback ever should have. And getting into a hissing match with Darren Sproles after his third interception was not the smartest thing he's ever done.



The Bucs rushed for 283 yards, far and away the most of the Chip Kelly era. Doug Martin, who had just 165 yards in the Bucs' previous three games, had 235 of those 283 yards, including 84- and 58-yard runs. The Eagles gave up four runs of 17 yards or more. Their tackling and gap discipline was awful.



Jameis Winston became only the third rookie in NFL history to throw five TD passes in a game. Winston and his receivers carved up the Eagles, particularly on third down. He entered the game with the third worst third-down passer rating in the league and completed nine of 12 passes for 101 yards and three TDs on third down. Eight of those nine completions went for first downs. Bill Davis' decision to replace safety Malcolm Jenkins in the slot with E.J. Biggers backfired.



The coverage units did a nice job and Caleb Sturgis made his only FG attempt — a 43-yarder. But with the exception of a 39-yard kickoff return by Josh Huff, the return game wasn't very productive. Darren Sproles had six yards on two punt returns.

GRADE: B-minus


This was as thorough a butt-kicking as I've seen an Eagles team take in quite a while. The leap from good to great never looked so far away. The defense's on-again-off-again troubles on third down were very much on. The 45 points they gave up were the fourth most of the Chip Kelly era. To borrow Jim Mora's immortal line, "Playoffs? Playoffs? Are you kidding me?''