Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Colts
The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to play an entire four quarter game. Heck, they have yet to play a three quarter game. Despite that, the Eagles improved to 2-0 after a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to begin a season 2-0 after trailing by 14 or more points at halftime. Report cards are due after the win.
Fletcher Cox - Cox made his presence felt throughout the game. He did his job taking on blockers. He also made some big tackles and forced a key fumble in the second half that led to an Eagles touchdown.
Darren Sproles - Sproles once again provided a big spark in the ground game. There is no better one-two punch at running back than what the Eagles have in McCoy and Sproles. Sproles broke a big run in the red zone to tie the game at 20. He finished with 4 carries for 26 yards and one touchdown. More importantly he caught 7 passes for 152 yards.
Cody Parkey - Parkey missed a 38 yard field goal. Those have to be made in the NFL. However, he had a short memory and went on to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired. Parkey came to the Eagles in week three of the preseason in a trade with the Colts and beat his former team in week two. The rookie showed ice veins to not only kick the game-winner, but to do so after the Colts erased a game-winner with a timeout. Parkey also limited the Colts kickoff return game by booting numerous touchbacks.
Zach Ertz - Ertz finished with some big catches in the game and tallied four receptions for 86 yards. Those numbers could have been even higher if Foles had hit Ertz on passes when he was wide open.
LeSean McCoy - McCoy provided electric plays, but not enough of them. He had to make something out of nothing numerous times after parts of the offensive line missed blocks. McCoy finished with 20 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown. He also added 4 receptions for 23 yards.
Malcolm Jenkins - Jenkins was one of the few pieces of the secondary that played well. He broke up two passes and applied pressure on some safety blitzes. Perhaps no play was bigger than his fourth quarter interception of Andrew Luck.
Jason Kelce - Kelce is the quarterback on the offensive line and that is not an easy job when there are two new bodies on the starting line. He did a good job providing stability in the middle of the line. Kelce showed off his athleticism when he made some key blocks way downfield ahead of a pair of huge gains on screen passes to Darren Sproles.
DeMeco Ryans - Ryans led the team in tackles with ten. He had one tackle for a loss, one pass deflection and one quarterback hit. Ryans had to make some plays in the running game when the Colts were finding success there despite having a relatively weak running attack.
Andrew Gardner - Gardner was one of two new starting offensive linemen following injuries to Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre. He did not do a good job run or pass blocking. He should get better with more reps and more time spent with the rest of the starting line.
Defensive Line - The defensive line overall did a decent job. Fletcher Cox played very well and earned his own good grade above. However, the defensive line gave the Colts three first downs by jumping offsides. That cannot happen. They also allowed 169 rush yards to a team that struggles to run the ball.
Nick Foles - Foles managed to do something he did not do last year and that is put together a pair of ugly games. Ignore the stats. He finished with more than 300 yards passing last week, but turned it over three times and was clearly off the mark to his receivers. It happened again. Foles missed wide open receivers throughout the game. He underthrew Jeremy Maclin that led to a great interception by the Colts when Maclin had his man beat. Foles also missed Zach Ertz multiple times. Foles completed 21 of 37 passes for 331 yards one touchdown and one interception.
Riley Cooper - Cooper was nearly invisible for the second straight week. He is not targeted nearly as much by Foles as he was a year ago. Cooper dropped a pass in the endzone that was identical to many he caught last season. He and Foles knew what each other was going to do before they did it last year. They do not seem to be on the same page yet this year. Cooper was only targeted three times in this game by Foles and caught one pass for 8 yards.