Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick Breaks Records While Eagles Soar
To say the least it did not go well for the Redskins or the fans.
For those of you tuning into my articles after every game for the Gameday Grades, I'll make this article quick and easy for you.
Overall, the entire Redskins team and coaching staff get a big, fat F.
Michael Vick was able to pass and run at will.
DeSean Jackson caught two passes the whole game but he didn't need any others after he caught the 88-yard bomb only fourteen seconds into the game.
Jerome Harrison was running over the Redskins like he was in practice against the second squad.
Vick threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, including one pass that he had nearly eight full seconds to throw the ball because Albert Haynesworth decided to no longer pursue the play and laid on the ground.
When you are looking at why the Redskins are not going to be a playoff contending team this year, all you have to do is watch this game.
The Redskins had two weeks to prepare for this game. Some used the bye week to rest, others played golf, others reworked their contracts. At the end of the day, they lost and made an embarrassment of themselves on national television on Monday night.
I've bashed them enough for the first section, let me just move onto the grades:
QB: C. This is gracious for Donovan McNabb's play but I'm taking into account that the line played horribly, he had no run support until the fourth quarter when nothing mattered anymore and during the first quarter his receivers could not catch a cold in a doctor's office. Aside from that he made some good scrambling plays and a few good deep throws. He needs to learn to not put so much force behind his passes because he throws them through his receivers hands.
RB: D+. Keiland Williams did run for two touchdowns and catch another. So what? When he needed to move the ball he could not. When they needed that extra three yards to make it third and short, he didn't get it. Sure he played well at the end of the game but the Eagles were on cruise control by that point. The blocking from the backfield overall and picking up the blitz was horrible. Enough said, moving on.
FB: C. Decent blocking from Mike Sellers in this one and a mediocre kick return on the short kickoff but nothing spectacular either way.
WR: F. They let the guy covering them run their routes better than they could, Joey Galloway. The first interception I cannot fault Santana Moss too much because he could only get one solid hand on the ball because it was behind him. Anthony Armstrong played the best of all of them and he got three catches. Something is wrong here.
TE: B. The one bright spot of the offense was Fred Davis woke up and made it to the game on time and caught a big pass for over seventy yards. Chris Cooley was barely noticed for most of the game but did manage three catches.
OL: F. The whole unit sucked. Forgive the unprofessional language but I cannot think of a professional word to use for their performance tonight. Not enough time to throw. McNabb was knocked around again as usual. No true holes to run through and third downs were when they played the worst. P.S. I am making an appeal for Artis Hicks to be removed from the team, he cannot pick up a blitz and jumped at a critical moment in the red-zone and killed the offensive momentum for a bit.
DL: D. This stands for decent job of creating penetration. Now to get this ranking higher all you have to do is wrap up the tackles you are attempting to make instead of trying to arm tackle and allowing them to get away. As a side note, anyone who lays on the ground and does not continue the play should be benched, oh wait...
LB: C. It's hard to fault them. They are easily the most talented group on the defensive side yet they had to play all over the field from defensive line to sending London Fletcher back to the safety area. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt but people not named London Fletcher need to learn how to hold onto a person or knock them off balance at least.
CB: F. They got burned. I will not elaborate any more on the subject just look up Vick's stats.
S: D. The only bright spot here was LaRon Landry having to cover all thirty yards of field by himself while spying on Michael Vick for most of the game. He did a good job as usual but Kareem Moore missed way too many tackles.
K: A. Look at that someone did their job on Monday night. Graham Gano was not called upon to kick any field goals but he did make all of the point after touchdowns. He also showed a little leg during the kickoffs.
P: B: Hunter Smith was a busy man for most of Monday night. He had good average but needs to get the ball to hang up a little bit longer. One or two more kicks inside the twenty would be preferred as well.
Return game: E. Yeah I meant to put that there. I'm giving Brandon Banks a whole lot of credit for trying. This guy was not supposed to be playing tonight because he is coming off of knee surgery that he had during the bye week. Yeah, he had knee surgery a little over a week ago and he played tonight so I'm giving him a pass this week whether or not his performance was average. The "E" stands for effort for those that do not know that old saying.
Coaching: F. When you come out of the locker room after half-time and you ask ESPN Analyst Suzy Kolber if she has any ideas then you are completely lost. This coaching staff has not done a very good job of calling plays that will convert on third down and it did not get any better tonight. Zero for ten on third downs tonight. Pathetic. The Redskins were 1-1 on fourth down conversions but that was on a great play by McNabb and Armstrong.
The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game, 592, points in a half, 45, and had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any NFL road team, 28-0 on Monday Night Football, since at least 1950.
Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game. He hasn't thrown an interception or lost a fumble this season. Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20 for 28 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 80 yards and two touchdowns which moved him past Steve Young and into second place in NFL history for yards rushing by a quarterback.
All in all, it was a great spectacle to watch and a historic night to see but if you are a Washington Redskins fan you can only hang your head but so low.
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