It's the little things isn't it? When national media wants to call your team, who had four wins all of last season a current disappointment, then the starting quarterback, who is called a player fit for the bench goes out and ties an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and beats a team on the road 49-20, it is just so satisfying. This was the best performance of the season by the Eagles in all facets of the game. Even better than the Redskins game because they kept it up for 60 minutes (not counting garbage time at the end there). Here are your Monday morning grades, after an extra hour of sleep.
Chip Kelly: A
Finally! Chip gets his first A of the year from me. That was the perfect game plan. His game plan followed the cliche, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." If Nick Foles is throwing absolute bombs down-field and his receivers are catching them, some running in for scores, then why stop? Okay, stop after about 7. Chip owned the Oakland secondary and there was nothing Oakland could do to stop it. FOX color commentator Tim Ryan, who by the way is atrocious, had no words about this Eagles team. Not to fault him, I as well as my present company (Twitter friends included) could not believe what they were seeing. Way to go Chip.
Nick Foles: A+
Wow. That's about all I can say for that performance. To tie an NFL Record and have more touchdown passes than incompletions is some next-level stuff. It was the perfect game. A passer rating of 158.3 is what Nick finished with and it is according to the passer rating, it was a statistically perfect game.
LeSean McCoy: B
I don't know what it is that has happened to Shady, but he has slowly been shrinking. He admitted to not playing his hardest against Dallas and his numbers and performances as well as touches have all gone down since then. He is still the NFL's leading rusher, but at this rate, it won't be for long. He did catch one pass for a touchdown by tiptoe-ing down the sideline and slipping just inside the pylon. Shady needs to be more like Shady. And he's going to need to be against Green Bay next week.
DeSean Jackson: B+
He had a terrific game, catching 5 balls for 150 yards and a touchdown. His stupid facemask penalty is what kept him from getting an A. Sure it did not have an effect on the game since Foles then immediately hit Riley Cooper for a touchdown, but it's just stupid. Little penalties like this can aggravate you so much. Besides that, Jackson had a terrific game playing back home.
Riley Cooper: A
Three touchdown performance. And I dropped him from my fantasy team a few weeks ago. Smart move, self. A career day for Cooper. For someone who has received so much hate this year, this was a performance he needed to have for himself. I'm happy that he torched (is that a term I can use for him?) the Raiders secondary, they either couldn't catch up or they fell down which is just embarrassing on their part. Have a game, Riley.
Zach Ertz: A
First ever NFL touchdown. Chip ran a lot of two tight end sets yesterday which allowed both Ertz and Brent Celek to catch touchdown passes. Something that the Eagles said they were going to do in the beginning of the season but haven't utilized it to the success level of yesterday.
DC Billy Davis: A
Coordinator Billy Davis has not allowed a team to score more than 21 points in 5 straight weeks. With the most questionable defense coming into this season. It seems as if he has righted the ship after Peyton Manning torched the Eagles D for 52 points in week 4. Let's see if they can keep this up next week when the Birds head to Lambeau to face Aaron Rodgers.
Mychal Kendricks: A
What an effort. Being the 'spy' against the best running quarterback in the league is no easy task. While Terrelle Pryor did have near 100 rushing yards, it could have been much much worse. Kendricks did a fantastic job playing the spy role.
DeMeco Ryans: A
Could have been an A+ if it wasn't for a boneheaded pass interference in the second half. Ryans led the team in tackles with 11 (9 solo). He led a terrific linebacking core that played extremely well all afternoon.
Cary Williams/Bradley Fletcher: B
Actually both are starting to play very well on the outside. One issue with the secondary yesterday was YAC when the pass went near the sidelines. Rod Streater is the best example of this. He had a catch for 66 yards in the first half that should have only gone for about a third of that. The big plays have hurt this secondary but the last few weeks they have not led to touchdowns. When it matters close to the goal line, the secondary is sticking tight to their man and only allowing teams to kick field goals.
Overall, this was the absolute best game of the entire season. It was the Monday night Redskins game, but for the entire game. The offense was firing on all cylinders and executing each play to perfection. The defense played excellent bend not break defense, allowing a chunk of yards but only two touchdowns (one in garbage time at the end). They contained Terrelle Pryor to the best of their ability which is all you can ask a defense to do. Philadelphia has needed a weekend like this. After the Flyers beat down by the Capitals, they went and shut out the Devils, the 76ers behind Michael Carter-Williams continued their winning ways beating Derrick Rose and the Bulls at home. Each team won over the weekend making this a very happy Monday in the city of Brotherly Love.
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