As difficult as it must’ve been for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions to play through a blizzard, it makes assessing the action a challenge as well. Clearly the conditions on the field affected everybody’s ability to play the game.
The quarterback had to throw the football through a driving snowstorm. Pass-rushers were trying to generate push without traction. Defensive backs were chasing wide receivers through the snow. Visibility was poor for everybody.
He might’ve made it look easy, but even Birds running back LeSean McCoy experienced hardships despite setting a new franchise record with 217 yards rushing in the 34-20 win. After the game, he talked about what it was like running on a field covered by upwards of eight inches of snow. Via Philadelphia Eagles.com:
It was tough. To be honest, it was definitely tough. You just didn’t have the normal footing and traction that you get when stopping and cutting. Sometimes I couldn’t really plant. I can usually plant on a dime, but it all worked out.
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.
This week, I’ll be grading on a curve in most areas, especially where noted. The adverse conditions call for some adjustments to the scoring, as it would be unfair to expect optimal execution in that situation.