Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Giants
The Philadelphia Eagles once again lost to another bad team. The Eagles entered this game against the Giants with a chance to win the NFC East, but stunk up the joint and trailed 24-0 at the half before losing 27-10.
The Eagles end the season losing five of their last six games after starting the season winning ten of their first 11 games. This team has no momentum heading into the playoffs and appears to be lost.
Needless to say, this is the worst report card issued since the inception of Grayson's Grades.
Kenneth Gainwell - Gainwell found a few holes and turned in a solid performance with the chances he had to carry the ball. He carried it seven times for 62 yards for an average of 8.9 yards per carry. Despite that, he did not continue to get chances toting the pigskin. The ground game appeared to be successful, but the Eagles continued to try and pass it.
Quez Watkins - Watkins was one of the few healthy receivers remaining and took advantage of the increased targets with DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown out. He saw 11 targets and caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Nick Sirianni - Sirianni has got to be coaching for his job when the Eagles take the field against the Bucs in the playoffs next Monday. This team has lost to bad teams and looked horrible doing it. The worst thing for a coach is to have a team that looks lost. This team looks lost, confused, uninspired and a shell of its former self earlier this season. To go from the inside track to the top seed in the NFC and a first round bye all the way down to a wild card in six weeks is unbelievable and a monumental collapse. Sirianni has a big opportunity to correct this and rewrite the narrative of this season, but it will take another playoff run to do it. In the meantime, Sirianni should feel the heat and one playoff win may not be enough to save his job.
Matt Patricia - Patricia's defense once again looked stale. Right out of the gate the Giants were able to move the ball and their second possession of the game marched 67 yards in nine plays and ended with a field goal. Later in the first half, the Giants went on three consecutive touchdown drives to push the Eagles into a position to pull starters as the game was getting out of reach. Patricia's defense allowed 415 total yards that included more than 100 yards on the ground. Patricia has done nothing to help this defense since taking over the play-calling for Sean DeSai.
Brian Johnson - Johnson continues to baffle me with a complete inability to get his offense into any kind of rhythm. When it appears there is a rhythm starting to develop, he pivots completely from what was working into failure that results in punts or turnovers. In the first quarter, Kenny Gainwell rushed for 32 yards on one play and never got another carry on that drive. The following drive, Gainwell rushed for four yards and then 12 yards on consecutive plays. Johnson threw the ball on the next four plays and turned it over on downs. There appears to be a complete lack of understanding in the role of a good rushing attack and how it can help to loosen up the passing game. If Nick Sirianni somehow survives and keeps his job, Johnson should feel very concerned about the prospect of continuing as Offensive Coordinator beyond this season.
Offensive Line - The Eagles offensive line looked unprepared to face the Giants blitz. There was confusion in handling the blitz and mistakes made in trying to pick it up. The result was a failure for Jalen Hurts to have any kind of time to throw the ball and even led to Hurts dislocating the middle finger on his throwing hand when he hit a defender while throwing.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts was clearly bothered by the blitz and failed to keep his eyes downfield for very long at all. Sure, he did not have his top two receivers for most of the game. However, he did not look comfortable at all. Hurts has clearly taken a step back from last season with an increase in turnovers and a lack of explosive plays for this offense. He played most of the first half completing just seven of 16 passes for 55 yards and an interception. He was also sacked twice.
Defensive Line - The defensive line continues to lack any kind of ability to create pressure. This is many of the same players from last year's team that sacked opposing quarterbacks at a historic rate. The failure to create pressure is allowing opponents to pick apart the secondary and move the ball down the field. There is also an issue stopping the run. The Eagles have not held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing since the win over the Cowboys November 5th. They have given up 436 rushing yards in their last three games.