Eagles vs. Redskins: Final Grades, Analysis for Philadelphia

Cody SwartzSenior Writer INovember 17, 2012

Eagles vs. Redskins: Final Grades, Analysis for Philadelphia

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    FINAL: Redskins 31, Eagles 6

    The Washington Redskins (4-6) knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) by 25 points on Sunday, winning a 31-6 blowout. The Eagles lost their sixth straight game for the first time since 1994, all but eliminating themselves from the playoff hunt.

    Check this article for full player evaluations and grades from the Eagles' horrendous 60 minutes of football today.


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    Grade: D

    Nick Foles had his moments today, but like most third-round rookie quarterbacks he really struggled. Foles threw for 109 yards in the first quarter but then went just 10-of-25 for 77 yards for the rest of the game. The offensive line didn’t do him any favors, as he was sacked four times and pressured/hit many more times.

    Of his two interceptions, Foles’ first wasn’t his fault as the pass bounced out of Brent Celek’s hands and was subsequently picked off by the Redskins. However, his second interception, which also came in the first quarter, was the result of a terrible decision by Foles. He also fumbled three times during the game.

    Foles spent most of the game just throwing sidearm screen passes and checkdown passes. He missed open receivers on many occasions, and this was against a defense that rated in the bottom three in many key passing statistics. Obviously Foles’ first start doesn’t mean anything in terms of his long-term potential, and it was good to see him get a full game to direct the offense.

Running Backs

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    LeSean McCoy: C

    It was a disappointing performance by LeSean McCoy, who ran the ball 15 times for just 45 yards. That's a paltry 3.0 yards-per-carry average. The offensive line certainly didn't help McCoy, but to see him lose a fumble like he did right before halftime was incredibly disappointing.

    McCoy played a fine game as a receiver, but that's largely because Foles specialized in the checkdown screen pass today. McCoy finished with six catches for 67 yards, including two screen passes each of over 20 yards. Overall, the running back put up 112 total yards on 19 touches before leaving the game with a concussion.


    Bryce Brown: A

    Bryce Brown has played much better as McCoy's backup in recent weeks. Against the Redskins today, he ran the ball five times for 35 yards, an average of 7.0 yards per carry. Brown had a big 12-yard run brought back from a penalty, meaning he nearly matched his single-game career high in rushing yards.


    Stanley Havili: C+

    Stanley Havili hasn't provided quite the same impact as a run-blocker for McCoy as he did early in the season. He had one catch for nine yards as a receiver out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers

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    DeSean Jackson: F

    DeSean Jackson finished the game today with two catches for five yards, including an eight-yarder. That’s an absolutely pitiful performance from the top receiver considering Nick Foles was making his first-ever NFL start.


    Jeremy Maclin: F-

    Jeremy Maclin turned in an absolute dud performance today as well. He had zero catches in 60 minutes of football and committed a pair of penalties. That’s a disgraceful performance from the Birds’ No. 2 receiver.


    Riley Cooper: B

    On a more positive note, Riley Cooper played a bigger role today than ever before because Jason Avant didn’t dress. Cooper caught three passes for 43 yards and had a fine day as a blocker too.


    Damaris Johnson: B

    Damaris Johnson had a solid day as a fourth receiver, finishing with one catch for 21 yards on a 3rd-and-17 deep in their own territory. He also took a punt 16 yards, doing so even after he slipped upon catching the ball.

Tight Ends

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    Brent Celek: F

    Of all the subpar performances from Eagles players today, Brent Celek’s struggles were the most disappointing. He dropped a third-down pass, had another pass bounce off his hands for an interception and finished with just five fairly uneventful catches for 42 yards.


    Clay Harbor: D

    Clay Harbor had just one catch for minus-one yard today and was a relative non-factor in the passing game.

Offensive Line

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    King Dunlap: D

    King Dunlap started at left tackle today because of the struggles from Demetress Bell all season. He committed another holding penalty and his size (all 6’10” of him) makes it difficult for him to handle the elite speed-rushers.


    Evan Mathis: A-

    Evan Mathis continues to be the lone Eagles offensive lineman that deserves a spot in the starting lineup. He didn’t commit a penalty today, allowed zero sacks and held up well in keeping Nick Foles alive.


    Dallas Reynolds: D

    Dallas Reynolds has shown improvement as a center but his days as a starter probably won’t continue past 2012. He was responsible for a penalty today and he was completely beat on the play on which LeSean McCoy was tackled for a six-yard loss.


    Jake Scott: C+

    Jake Scott was playing his first NFL game in over a year after having just been signed to the Eagles earlier this week. He’s definitely an improvement over Danny Watkins, but that’s not saying much. Scott was flagged for a pair of penalties today and looked overmatched, although that’s probably to be expected of a guy that was out of the league a week ago. He also recovered an early fumble from Foles.

    Dennis Kelly: D

    Dennis Kelly was moved to right tackle today to make his first start at the NFL level. He committed a pair of penalties, although one of them was declined by the Redskins. Kelly struggled as a pass-blocker and he’s not suited as a starting lineman yet.

Defensive Line

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    Trent Cole: D

    Trent Cole just hasn't been the same player in 2012 that he was for the five or six years prior. He shared a sack with Fletcher Cox, although Cole had just one other tackle all game.


    Cullen Jenkins: D+

    Cullen Jenkins didn't provide much of an impact rushing the passer, and he was part of a unit that allowed 169 rushing yards to the Redskins.


    Fletcher Cox: A

    Fletcher Cox is the best defensive lineman on the Eagles right now, and he had a terrific game against the Redskins. He led the team with eight tackles, had a tackle for a loss and sacked Robert Griffin III.


    Jason Babin: B-

    Jason Babin broke through and got a big sack of RGIII, and that was when he lined up against Trent Williams. He finished with two tackles, one for a loss.


    Brandon Graham: D

    Until official snap counts are out, it's difficult to know how many snaps Brandon Graham played. But the numbers speak for themselves: zero sacks and zero tackles.


    Derek Landri: D

    Derek Landri's role as a defensive lineman in the rotation continues to diminish, and he finished today's matchup with just one tackle and no sacks or quarterback pressures.


    Mike Patterson: C

    Mike Patterson had three solo tackles today, although he didn't have a particularly impactful performance from the interior line.


    Darryl Tapp: C+

    Darryl Tapp's performance wasn't too bad today, as he totaled three tackles and one for a loss.


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    DeMeco Ryans: B

    DeMeco Ryans had zero plays of impact (tackles for loss, sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, or fumble recoveries) but he did finish with seven tackles today and was one of the better defenders on the team.


    Mychal Kendricks: B

    After going through a rough rookie stretch, Mychal Kendricks had one of his better games today. He finished with seven tackles, although he whiffed big on an RGIII run to the outside. Kendricks played a big role in limiting the work of the Redskins' tight ends.


    Akeem Jordan: B

    It was a solid game for Akeem Jordan, who finished with four tackles and one big tackle for a loss, and this was in limited snaps.

Defensive Backs

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    Nnamdi Asomugha: D

    Robert Griffin III finished with ridiculous passing numbers for the day, completing 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Nnamdi Asomugha looked to be responsible for the deep pass to Aldrick Robinson for the 49-yard score, which is an inexcusable offense if that was his man.


    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: B-

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie spent most of the game rotating between Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson, and he played a fairly strong role in limiting those two to no big plays.


    Brandon Boykin: F

    On the 61-yard pass to Moss for a touchdown, Brandon Boykin was torched (along with Nate Allen), and then swung and missed on a late tackle attempt.


    Nate Allen: F

    Rewatch the touchdown pass from RGIII to Robinson, and you'll see how poor Allen looked in pass coverage. Allen was largely responsible for the Redskins putting up 31 points on RGIII's perfect passer rating.


    Kurt Coleman: F

    It's time for the team to sit Kurt Coleman down on the bench, more as a message than anything else. Coleman was completely burned by Moss on a jump ball and he continues to rack up missed tackles like it's his job.

Special Teams

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    Alex Henery: A

    Alex Henery does nothing but make field goals, and he made two in two attempts today to give him 15 successful in a row.


    Mat McBriar: B-

    Mat McBriar punted the ball five times today for an average of 46.8 yards per punt.


    Bryce Brown: C

    Bryce Brown took over the kick returning duties from Brandon Boykin, but he was mediocre as well, averaging 22 yards per kick.


    Damaris Johnson: B-

    Damaris Johnson had a nice 16-yard return but was fairly mediocre other than that.


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    Andy Reid: F

    Four straight losses by 13 or more points should be a pretty clear message that Andy Reid needs to go. It’s the worst NFC East loss the Eagles have had since the 24-0 shellacking at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys to end the 2009 regular season. The Eagles played with zero heart, zero pride and showed little effort for most of the game. This is a team that has quit on its head coach.


    Marty Mornhinweg: F

    The Eagles scored just six points and no touchdowns today, turning the ball over three times.


    Todd Bowles: F

    Since Todd Bowles took over as defensive coordinator, the Eagles have given up a completion rate of nearly 80 percent while allowing 11 touchdown passes to no interceptions.


    Bobby April: C

    The Eagles' return units are simply mediocre, although kicker Alex Henery is automatic.