Philadelphia Eagles' Third-Quarter Report Card: Defense & Special Teams

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Philadelphia Eagles' Third-Quarter Report Card: Defense & Special Teams

The Philadelphia Eagles offense earned a B-plus overall in my third-quarter report card. So naturally, since the defense is better, you’d think they would have to earn an A, right?

Alright, that’s usually my set-up line, but in this case, I have to ruin the party.

Yes, the Eagles defense will grade in the A range.

While they had their second-worst game of the season this quarter against San Diego, they’ve had a “bend but don’t break” mantra as of late and have come up big in key situations.

Jay Cutler driving? No worries, we’ll force a turnover. Need to hang tough to have a chance to beat Washington? We’ll only let them run eight plays in the fourth quarter. Atlanta’s got a chance to tighten up the game at the end of the first half? It’s cool, we’ll come up with a goal-line stand.

Even in the San Diego game, they were twice victimized by a short field and a bad penalty.

So let’s just see exactly how they grade out.

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