Yesterday's game was almost a mirror image of week 1 when the Eagles played the Redskins on Monday night. This morning on 94 WIP's Morning show, Angelo Cataldi asked Chip Kelly what he said to Brandon Boykin when he came to the sidelines after intercepting RGIII's boneheaded pass to the endzone. Chip replied with "Thanks for saving my ass." That's exactly what he did too. Boykin saved Chip's ass because if the Redskins were to score, there's a definite 2 points being tacked on a play later and all of a sudden this game is tied.
It certainly wasn't pretty, but it ended the year-plus long drought that had been going on at the Linc since Andy Reid was coaching the birds. Sure a win is a win, but that was a nail-biter that should not have been. Chip did not "take his foot off the gas," as much as the first time around, but he also did not adjust when it was clear that the Redskins had made extreme adjustments to their defense at halftime. The Eagles got the ball first in the second half and drove right down the field for a touchdown. But did not score a single point after that. Up 24-0, the Eagles put it in cruise control while the Redskins shut them down. Have to tip your cap to the Redskins D for making those adjustments- just like the first game.
It's time to relax in Philadelphia for the next 13 days, the Eagles have a bye and are sitting atop the NFC East. The entire team had to come together to win on Sunday, but now it's time to reward individual performances. Below are the Monday Morning Eagles' Report Card grades.
Chip Kelly: B+
The biggest issue with Chip against the Redskins was lack of adjustments. You can coast in college when you are playing a cupcake FCS school, but not when you play any team in the NFL. The Redskins made quick work of the Eagles Defense their last 3 drives and nearly tied the game. That shouldn't happen. Chip got bailed out and he admitted it. The bend not break defense nearly broke, and the win at home may not have been. Also, throw a challenge flag Chip, it might help you out.
Nick Foles: A
199 straight passes without an interception. Foles scored a touchdown with his feet, not his arm, on Sunday. For a guy who is not mobile in the least bit, he knows when to keep the ball on a read option and even picked up a first down yesterday.
LeSean McCoy: A+
Talk about breathing a sigh of relief. When Shady ripped his helmet off grabbing his hamstring down in the red zone on Sunday, I think we all had flashbacks to week one, when he went down. Since he was able to walk off the field and even come back in the second half and finish with 77 yards and 2 touchdowns, it shows what a great player he really is. Shady did benefit from two near-scores that allowed him to punch it in twice from inside the ten.
*Shady also gets bonus points for ripping down a Redskin fan's flag that was being waved in his face*
Receiving core: A
Quietly produced a haul of 298 yards. Maybe it's because none of them scored, but with no more than 4 catches for any one receiver, Nick Foles distributed the ball very well. One standout play went to Brent Celek who caught and ran 42 yards for a near touchdown. McCoy also caught a beautiful touch pass from Foles for 49 yards and a near touchdown. They were on the verge of scoring all game, but passing was designed to get the Eagles close on Sunday, and the running game sealed the drive with a score each time
DeMeco Ryans: A
Another great game for Ryans. He led the team in tackles once again and it playing at a Pro-Bowl type level right now. He is the leader of the defense and is really reflecting the superb coaching from Billy Davis lately.
Trent Cole: A
Welcome back Trent Cole. He had two sacks of RGIII yesterday and seemed to have his legs back underneath him, really providing a strong push through the line.
Connor Barwin: A+
Connor Barwin was all over the place on Sunday. He started off the game with an excellent pass deflection, which it seems he gets at least one in every game. Barwin was with out a doubt the best performer on the Eagles defense this week and his grade reflects that. I couldn't be happier with the addition of Barwin to the new 3-4 defense and Billy Davis has him playing quite well.
Fletcher Cox: A
Wow. RGIII is going to have nightmares about #91 bursting through the line. Cox played arguably his best game of the season and played hard from start to finish. He did not record a sack, but the pressure he applied to the Redskins offensive line was impressive. Cox nearly collected not one, but two interceptions as well on Sunday(one was ruled a fumble recovery and the other hit the ground).
Najee Goode: B+
Goode played exceptionally well filling in for injured Mychal Kendricks this week. He had some big shoes to fill but Goode stepped up. He collected 5 tackles including a sack of RGIII.
Roc Carmichael: D
I said he was extremely lucky last week and this week? Well lets just say it ran out. An absolutely horrid game played by Roc Carmichael this week. Namely the botched coverage on Pierre Garcon that extended the Redskins last drive in the 4th quarter. Hopefully Bradley Fletcher is healthy for week 13.
BONUS: Donnie Jones: A
What a punt! 70 yards! That is something that rarely happens in the NFL anymore. Jones benefited from and took advantage of a poor performance from Redskins return man Nick Williams. Jones averaged 50 yards a punt and put 4 of his 6 inside the 20.
Follow Tristan on twitter: @tshope122
Follow Whiz Wit on twitter: @WhizWitSports