The Eagles are flying high off of their win at Lambeau, that in reality, shouldn't have been a W. If, and this is only hypothetical, if Aaron Rodgers played, the Eagles don't win that game. Seneca Wallace made it through one series, then Scott Tolzien took over for the Packers. Tolzien played well, but in his first action of the season, he was hot and cold. Hot in the way he could put a few drives together, and cold in his costly turnovers, one in the end zone. Rodgers completes drives, and is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I imagined Rodgers just shredding the defense giving Jordy Nelson and his receiving core career days against our thin secondary. But, lucky for the Eagles, not for the Packers, Rodgers has a fracture in his collarbone and will be out a few more weeks. The Eagles won 27-13 in a game where the Eagles certainly could have scored more, and so could the Packers. Here are your Monday Morning Eagles Report Card grades:
Chip Kelly: A-
Way to stick it to Troy Aikman, Chip. First off, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck absolutely have some sort of hatred towards this city, so why they get all these Eagles games on Fox is beyond me. Basically no matter what Chip says, national media has to go with the only thing they know. Chip is focused on the amount of points produced off plays, not how many plays he runs. Because he said he wants to run 80 or so plays every game, national media calls him out saying he is conforming to the NFL. Chip called an excellent game this week, especially running out the clock in the 4th quarter. The one thing Chip missed, and it was probably a Pat Shumur issue, was challenging the Boykin catch in the 1st. It turned out to be a non-issue, but the challenge should have been thrown.
Nick Foles: A
The fumble cost him his perfect grade, but let's focus on the high points. Foles has the highest back to back passer ratings in the history of football (158.3 and 149.3, respectively). He is trying to prove that the Dallas game was indeed a fluke. For Foles yesterday, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, especially when it came to the DeSean touchdown pass. If Foles can ride this hot streak for another week, we just might see a win at home.
LeSean McCoy: A
He's back. Okay maybe not back-back, but yesterday afternoon he looked like the Shady of the early season. Finishing the day with 25 carries for 155 yards, Shady absolutely tore up the Packers defense. Yesterday was one of those days when perfectly lined up defenders did not stand a chance against Shady's cuts and bounces. He was electrifying and making moves that really amazed viewers, and frustrated Packers.
Riley Cooper: A+
Two weeks, 5 touchdowns. I think that really speaks for itself. I'm not sure what it is or just how it was formed, but Foles and Cooper have quite a connection. Could it be this generations Montana to Rice??? Nah, I kid.
DeSean Jackson: A
When it boils down to it, if DeSean Jackson is noticeably having fun playing football, the Eagles are a better team. This year, he is certainly having a blast. Jackson is really thriving in Chip's offense, and you can tell how much he is enjoying this system.
Offensive Line: C+
Not their best game. And I think that they would agree if you asked them. They gave up some crucial sacks plus the fumble that nearly gave the Packers life in the second half. They did lose Jason Peters twice, forcing Allen Barbre to come into the game, who did not play well at all.
DeMeco Ryans: A
Another great game for Ryans. He led the team in tackles and also collected an interception. Ryans is really starting to establish himself as a solid middle linebacker and the entire linebacking core is starting to play exceptionally well around him.
Brandon Boykin: A-
Pretty much saved the game for the Eagles. Not saying that if he didn't pick that ball off the Eagles would not have won, but it would have gave the Packers some serious momentum and boosted the confidence of QB Scott Tolzien. With the good, there is also the bad. Boykin had a bad pass interference, or as referee Mike Carey explained it "not playing the ball," on Jordy Nelson that set up a touchdown two plays later.
Nate Allen: C-
You know what, I'm going to draw Nate Allen a map of the field and show him where he's supposed to be at all times. Maybe use crayons, some bright colors, I don't know, but something needs to click in his mind because he is rarely in position to make a play. And the "shifty-ness" of Scott Tolzien wasn't throwing him, trust me.
Cary Williams: B-
Sup, B minus. Really looked lost most of the afternoon. He finished with seven tackles, but if he were in position for most of those, he could have had some deflections in there as well. Really not his best game, but didn't hurt the defense with any costly penalties.
Roc Carmichael: B+
The epitome of being lucky. There were a few calls, namely "not playing the ball" penalties that probably should have been flagged on Roc Carmichael. But hey, he was able to play it off really well as if he had actually meant to tip those balls away. Good goin' Roc.
BONUS: Officiating: F
That was terrible. Shady nearly gets his neck broken and the refs stand there whistling and twiddling their thumbs. Totally awful. Normally I enjoy watching a Mike Carey officiated game due to his very demonstrative penalty calls and arm motions. But I don't think Carey got a good night's sleep because he was struggling yesterday.
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