Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Packers
The Philadelphia Eagles arrived in Green Bay looking for a top-notch road win. Instead, they laid an egg and never threatened the Packers.
The Eagles fell behind early and the Packers continued to put points on the board building a 30-6 lead at the half. It never got close and the 7-3 Eagles fell back into a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
Multiple red pens were needed to issue grades after this blowout loss.
Jordan Matthews - Matthews once again provided a bright spot for the Eagles. The rookie continues to grow in his NFL career and take steps forward. He made some tough catches in this game and showed fight when other players appeared to lack it. Matthews fought his way into the endzone for a touchdown in the second half. Matthews finished with 5 receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Jeremy Maclin - Maclin showed up and continued to add to his solid season stats. Like Matthews, he showed fight and desire to perform despite a lopsided score. Maclin went all out to find the endzone in the 4th quarter. Maclin caught 9 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Special Teams - The special teams unit has undoubtedly been a strength for the Eagles this season. The punt coverage unit gave up an early punt return for a touchdown that helped to set the tone in this game. Special teams did contribute in a positive way blocking an extra point and blocking a punt that was nearly returned for a touchdown.
LeSean McCoy - McCoy appeared to have some running room, but failed to reach the century mark. He and Mark Sanchez made some of their handoffs look anything but routine on the exchange and that led to a fumble recovered by the Packers. McCoy finished with 23 carries for 88 yards. He also caught one pass for 18 yards.
Mychal Kendricks - Kendricks looked to be involved in some mismatches and asked to cover guys more downfield than get involved in a pass rush. Granted, that is not Kendricks' fault. He is following the plays called for him. However, he did miss some tackles and looked to have been asked to do too much to help make up for the absence of DeMeco Ryans due to injury.
Mark Sanchez - Sanchez followed up a solid performance against the Panthers with a stinker against the Packers. He made some poor decisions that led to multiple interceptions. Sanchez missed some wide open receivers. He also failed to have crisp handoffs with LeSean McCoy that led to a fumble which the Packers recovered. All that was really missing from Sanchez' performance was a butt fumble. Sanches completed 26 passes for 44 yards for 346 yards. He tossed two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions and fumbled it three times.
Jason Kelce - Kelce and Sanchez were far from on the same page on their exchanges. Far too many bad snaps for Kelce since returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. One of those bad snaps led to a scoop and score for the Packers defense.
Billy Davis - The Eagles defense showed little to no ability to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. There was little to no pass rush and the secondary looked overmatched trying to cover Green Bay receivers. There were little to no adjustments made and the game plan was a fail. Davis has put together some solid game plans earlier this season, but this one definitely did not work.
Defensive Line/Linebackers - Every one of the linemen failed in this game. They failed to get pressure on Rodgers. They also failed to tackle well. Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry all failed to win the line of scrimmage.
Bradley Fletcher - Fletcher looked extremely overmatched in this game. He failed to provide much coverage at all that prevented passes from being completed. Fletcher was picked on heavily by Rodgers. He noticed something on film that the Packers definitely exploited.