To be honest, there is not much to say about the win over the 49ers. I thought that the Eagles controlled the game except for a few miscues, and despite the score, were pretty dominant throughout. I like where this team is headed late in the season and it speaks wonders to the team that they were able to clinch a playoff spot with two games remaining in the season. That being said, I am going to give a brief listing of grades because I still have finals to study for.
It was a pretty shaky game for McNabb. He had his lowest complete-game passer rating (72) since October 23, 2005 when his rating was 69. Don’t look too far into those interceptions because McNabb made a few big plays on Sunday. He threw for over 300 yards and connected on a great pass to DeSean Jackson to open the game.
Running backs: B +
LeSean McCoy looked pretty sharp agains the 49ers defensive front. He averaged over 5 yards per carry, including a touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter. Andy Reid has found a true liking to Leonard Weaver and I can’t say that I blame him. Weaver proved that he can deliver in both short yardage situations as well as some big plays. Reid gave him the ball 17 times in comparison to McCoy’s 9 carries.
Wide Receivers: A —
I get tired of writing about how athletic and talented DeSean Jackson is on the football field. He is exciting to watch and you can consistently count on him to deliver big plays. He certainly accomplished that on Sunday, finishing with 140 yards on six catches. And did I see Kevin Curtis catch a ball, what is this world coming to?
Offensive Line: A —
Zero sacks and only two tackles for losses. This bunch is starting to click at the right time. So long as Todd Herremans doesn’t continue to be called for penalties. One big thing that the offensive line and McNabb need to work on is not allowing passes to be batted down by the defensive lineman.
Defensive Line/Linebackers: B +
I came into this game telling all of my friends to start Vernon Davis at tight end in their fantasy leagues. Knowing how bad the Eagles linebackers do when guarding tight ends, I had Davis down for about two touchdowns and 100 yards. To my surprise, the Eagles held him to just three catches for 43 yards. Bravo. Trent Cole his his regular freak-like performance, recording two sacks and two tackles for losses. Chris Clemons also recorded a clutch sack in the second half.
Defensive Backs: A —
The big plays just keep on coming for the Eagles secondary. Asante Samuel jumped a route and grabbed his eighth interception of the season, which is the most by any cornerback in the Andy Reid era. My only concern is that if the secondary does not make the big plays, can they still shut down passing offenses? One of the biggest questions that Eagles fans will find out in the near future.
Special Teams: B +
Quintin Demps averaged 35 yards per kickoff against the 49ers, which marks his best performance of the year. Akers nailed both of his field goals and Rocca remained steady.
Overall, there is always room for improvement, but it’s hard to bash the Eagles after clinching a playoff spot. They are looking more comfortable each week and it shows with the plays they have been making on both sides of the ball. This upcoming Sunday will be an emotional one for Eagles fans and players as it marks the return of Brian Dawkins. Get ready for something crazy.