Philadelphia Eagles Week 13 Report Card: Grading Each Unit
The Philadelphia Eagles saw their playoff hopes all but end with a 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. The Eagles struggled on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, going down 14-0 early and never coming back.
Some of the key starters were injured, notably Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but the Eagles also gave a subpar effort in a must-win game.
The following breaks down the Eagles’ grades by unit.
Vince Young had a lot riding on the game. If he played well against the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles won, Young would probably get a job for some team in 2012 as a starting quarterback. After all, he was a two-time Pro Bowler in five seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
Young was downright awful though. He threw a career-worst four interceptions against a Seahawks defense that ranks just 18th in passing yards allowed. Young certainly wasn’t helped by the absence of Jeremy Maclin and the poor showing by DeSean Jackson, but Young missed open targets throughout the game.
His stats for the day: 17-of-29 for 208 yards, one TD, four INTs and a 52.7 passer rating, his worst in his previous 10 starts.
The Philadelphia Eagles ran the ball more in this game than in previous contests, but it still wasn’t enough. LeSean McCoy picked up 84 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, averaging nearly five yards per carry. He also totaled 49 receiving yards on four catches, giving him 133 yards on just 21 touches.
It’s a shame McCoy’s best season is happening in a year in which the Eagles just aren’t that good.
With Jeremy Maclin injured and expected to miss this contest, Philadelphia Eagles fans hoped DeSean Jackson would step up and take over the game in a way he is capable of doing.
It never happened. Contrary to what Andy Reid said after the game, DeSean Jackson seemed disinterested in playing the game. He finished with just four catches for 34 yards and no touchdowns, giving him a career-high five straight games without a score.
Jason Avant caught one pass for 10 yards and Chad Hall was targeted once without a reception. Riley Cooper appeared to have a good game, finishing with five catches for 94 yards, including a 47-yarder. However, two passes thrown Cooper’s way were intercepted, and he also had two huge drops.
Brent Celek and Clay Harbor each had little impact on the outcome of the game. Celek caught three passes for 20 yards, and Harbor didn’t record any receptions.
Neither made much of a difference with their blocking, and if you watched the whole game and didn’t notice them, that’s no surprise.
This has actually been a strong suit for the Philadelphia Eagles since the signing of Howard Mudd. Jason Peters has been far and above the best offensive tackle in the NFL in 2011, and that continued with a strong performance against the Seattle Seahawks.
The same goes for Evan Mathis, who has been an extremely pleasant surprise as a waiver-wire acquisition at left guard. Mathis actually rated as the best offensive lineman in the contest, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jason Kelce put up a solid outing, and he has been playing better on a weekly basis. What was shocking though was the awful game by right tackle Todd Herremans, a player who has been a Pro Bowl-caliber lineman all year. Rookie right guard Danny Watkins also struggled, especially at pass blocking.
If you had told me that Derek Landri and Darryl Tapp would the best defensive players from this game, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Landri (3.0) and Tapp (1.5) registered the two highest ratings of any Eagles defenders. Neither did much in terms of rushing the passer, but both were strong against the run.
Trent Cole and Jason Babin both were liabilities against the run, although they did combine for three sacks. Mike Patterson was his usual, unnoticed yet solid self, and Cullen Jenkins was average.
Unfortunately, when you let up 174 yards and a pair of scores on the ground, you’re not going to fare very well in the grading system.
This has been the downfall of the Philadelphia Eagles all year, and the 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks was no exception.
It’s been two days since Marshawn Lynch’s 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and I still can’t watch that play without cringing. Realistically, it will go down as the epitome of the 2011 Eagles—a team that just didn’t seem to care or put out any effort.
Jamar Chaney all but had Lynch in his arms yet couldn’t bring him down. For the game, Chaney was strong against the pass but poor against the run. Brian Rolle had a solidly productive game, but Akeem Jordan was brutal in all aspects and neither Keenan Clayton nor Casey Matthews did much in limited snaps.
This unit has been hands down the most disappointing aspect of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. Asante Samuel is actually having a much better season than people realize, but Nnamdi Asomugha has been downright brutal and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is best suited for this team on the bench.
The Seattle Seahawks were playing without Sidney Rice, leaving them with wide receivers named Mike Williams, Golden Tate, Benjamin Obomanu and Doug Baldwin. That group only totaled seven catches, but factor in Michael Robinson out of the backfield and Zach Miller at the tight end position, and you see that Tarvaris Jackson finished with a 137.0 passer rating.
That says all you need to know about how the cornerbacks did in this game.
Kurt Coleman has been up and down all season with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he had a miserable outing Thursday night. He was brutal against the run but probably worse against the pass, giving up four receptions for 100 yards.
Nate Allen is continuing to look nothing like the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month from September 2010. He was only targeted once against the Seattle Seahawks, but the result was a 25-yard pass completion.
Alex Henery wasn’t needed for field goals, although he had a good game on kickoffs (68.3 yards per kick). Chas Henry was quietly productive as a punter, booting four balls for an average of 46.3 yards each.
Dion Lewis was mediocre on kickoff returns, averaging 23 yards on four returns. There were no punt returns, as DeSean Jackson and Chad Hall combined for four fair catches, although at least one of them should have been returned.
Kicking and punt coverage were terrific, as they have been all season.