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.