Philly’s offense wasn’t anywhere near as prolific on Sunday as we’ve become accustomed to since Chip Kelly took over as head coach. With 307 total yards, the Eagles fell nearly 100 short of their season average. Yet despite the sizable drop-off, they still managed to escape victorious.
Part of that is thanks to a defense that’s going to grade very well this week, but it was also because Nick Foles and company didn’t make the worst kind of mistakes. Sure, the Eagles were only able to muster two first downs over their final six possessions (not including defensive penalties), but they didn’t give the Cardinals anything easy, either. That's how good teams weather the storm.
Meanwhile, Arizona had three giveaways, one of which gave Philadelphia a short field that led to an easy score. That helps explain how the Eagles got to 24 points in the first place. After all, Nick Foles only threw for 237 yards. LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson certainly didn’t reach the century mark.
In my weekly report card grades, I score each individual position on some fairly simple criteria. “A” is virtually mistake-free, “B” is good, “C” is average, “D” is passable and “F” is a complete failure to carry out basic tasks.
One might say the various offensive performances hovered around average. However, they generally graded out higher thanks to the discipline to put ball security above all else.
Yeah, Foles got away with one too, and it always helps to catch a break. When players are regularly making sound decisions with the football though, good things tend to happen—such as beating quality teams like the Cardinals.