Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Giants
The Philadelphia Eagles sent a message to the rest of the division and the rest of the NFC for that matter with a 27-0 shutout of the New York Giants on national television.Many of the players I spoke to after the win over the Rams were not even close to happy with the way they played as a team despite their 4-1 record. They appeared to take that attitude on the field and finally played a solid four quarter game to move to 5-1 through six games heading into a bye next week.
There were nothing but really positive grades following this one:
LeSean McCoy - McCoy had a breakout game in a big way. He showed patience in waiting for the hole to open and the speed to hit the hole when it was there. McCoy carried the ball 22 times for 149 yards. That was enough to move him into third place on the Eagles all-time rushing list.
Brent Celek - Celek earned this 'A' more for what he did blocking than anything else. He helped seal off blocks that sprung McCoy for big gains. Celek did also make some nice plays downfield catching 4 passes for 45 yards.
Connor Barwin - Barwin helped set the tone early in this game from a defensive standpoint. The Eagles were getting a lot of pressure on Eli Manning. Barwin had 5 tackles, 3 sacks, a forced fumble and 2 hurries.
DeMeco Ryans - It was unknown if a groin injury was going to keep Ryans out of this game until we saw him warming up. He gutted it out and made solid tackles in the running game to keep the Giants from getting that part of their offense in gear.
Trent Cole - Cole joined the pass rush parade and bothered Manning a bunch. He recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack and 2 hurries.
Darren Sproles - Sproles once again provided a big spark on offense and special teams. He broke free on a 43 yard punt return that could have gone the distance had he not run into his own player. He did reach the endzone on offense when he took it in from 15 yards out. Sproles did not get to add to those efforts due to a left knee injury that saw his night cut short.
Zach Ertz - Ertz deserves an 'A' if for no other reason than the amazing touchdown catch he had in the first quarter. That helped set the tone early for the Eagles offense. Ertz finished with 3 receptions for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Fletcher Cox - Cox did a great job bottling everything up in the middle to keep the Giants physical running back Andre Williams from getting any momentum. Cox wrapped him up several times at the line of scrimmage for little to no gain. Cox finished tied with the team lead for tackles with 5 in the game.
Vinny Curry - Curry racked up the first multi-sack game of his career. He got into the Giants backfield numerous times and ended the game with 2 sacks and 2 hurries.
Offensive Line - The offensive line as a whole deserves a lot of credit after it has been criticized in recent weeks. The line gave Nick Foles all kinds of time to go through his progressions. They also did a much better job of creating running room for McCoy and Sproles.
Cody Parkey - It is amazing how quickly Parkey helped the questions surrounding the place kicker position in the preseason turn to silence. He was solid again making 45 and 31 yard field goals. He also booted four touchbacks in the game.
Billy Davis - Davis put together a great game plan in helping his defense pitch its first shutout of the season. His defense caused all kind of problems for the Giants passing attack and shut down the running game. Davis deserves a ton of credit for having his guys ready to play in this one.
Nick Foles - Foles had a very solid game with the exception of two bad decisions that led to his two interceptions. He looked much more confident than he has at any other time this season. He delivered accurate passes and hit receivers in stride. Foles finished completing 21 of 34 passes for 248 yards 3 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bradley Fletcher - Fletcher had a 'D' until he forced the fumble in the fourth quarter that helped preserve the shutout. He was picked on by the Giants in one particular route. The Giants routinely ran some 15-20 yard comeback routes against him and completed nearly all of them. It was one weakness in an otherwise nearly perfect performance by the defense.