Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Saints
NEW ORLEANS - The Philadelphia Eagles headed to the Big Easy with a very difficult task of trying to knock off a red hot New Orleans Saints team featuring a high power offense led by Quarterback Drew Brees. The Eagles made him look unstoppable. Brees and the Saints demolished the Eagles 48-7.
This game got away from the Eagles early and it just kept getting worse. Brees roasted this injured secondary that got even more injured as the game went on. At one point, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas all exited this game due to injury.
The Eagles offense appears to be taking steps backwards while the defense struggled to get off the field. This dismantling by the Saints drops the Eagles to 4-6 overall. The birds return home to host the New York Giants next week.
Here is arguably the worst Grayson's Grades ever:
Josh Adams - Adams was given the opportunity to be the featured back in the first half. He responded after a slow start by finding his way through a hole and breaking away for a 28 yard touchdown. With the game getting away from the Eagles, the running game was rarely utilized the rest of the way. Adams carried the ball seven times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Adams added three receptions for 19 yards.
Golden Tate - Tate is still not getting the touches he deserves to try and do what he was brought to Philadelphia to do. It is about putting him in position to make plays. Pederson called a reverse with the game well out of hand and the Saints in no way concerned about the run. That pass rush bust through and took Tate down in the backfield for an eight-yard loss. Tate finished with five receptions for 48 yards.
Nigel Bradham - Bradham dropped back in coverage on a third and ten and was able to break up the pass to force a punt. That was when this was still a game. It was the first three-and-out forced by the Eagles defense. Bradham finished with five tackles in the loss.
Doug Pederson - Pederson saw his team go through yet another first quarter without scoring a point. What once was a strength has since become a big problem for this team. The Eagles scored early in almost every game a year ago to play from ahead. They have been behind early in almost every game they have played this season. Pederson's opening script was horrendous yielding very little success. The Eagles went three-and-out on their first two possessions and threw an interception on the first play of their third drive. All of that combined put this defense in a big hole early that the team never recovered from. Adding insult to injury, I have no idea why Pederson kept Wentz in the game throughout that fourth quarter when the game was more than out of reach. Why was he even still in the game down 48-7 with three minutes remaining? The only thing worse than losing this game would have been to lose Wentz to injury as well.
Carson Wentz - Wentz never got into a rhythm. He tried play-action and took a shot deep into double-coverage. The pass intended for Nelson Agholor was picked off at the New Orleans 16 yard line. Wentz was off the mark and frequently under pressure. It was one of his worst games in his young NFL career. Wentz completed just 19 of 33 passes for 156 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. He had a 31.9 quarterback rating in this loss.
Offensive Line - The offensive line did not give Carson Wentz much time to operate. He rarely had a clean pocket to throw out of and as a result took hits and sacks that hurt the offense. The line did do a good job of run blocking a few times. They gave Josh Adams a nice hole to run through on his 28-yard touchdown. It did not help that Center Jason Kelce left the game early due to an elbow injury and did not return. The offense managed just 196 total yards and one touchdown. That will not cut it this week or any week in this league.
Jim Schwartz - Admittedly Schwartz had his work cut out for him trying to slow down a potent and high-powered Saints offense. The defense started the game slow and gave up chunk plays that moved the ball down the field for New Orleans. Schwartz also watched his thin secondary get thinner due to an injury to Avonte Maddox in the second quarter. The Eagles never really got pressure on Brees. He had a clean pocket to throw out of and was able to pick apart the secondary.
Defensive Line - Most of the time Schwartz chose to rush three or four guys choosing not to blitz. However, those guys have to at least make it a small pocket to work with. Rarely did they even hurry Brees into a bad decision or bad throw. This team did a great job of minimizing the opponent's rushing attack a year ago. They were gashed for 173 rush yards and without a pass rush were torched for 373 pass yards.
Sidney Jones - Jones was trying to keep Michael Thomas from racking up some big yardage. He gave up several big plays including a 30 yard reception to Thomas in the first quarter. Jones eventually came out of the game due to injury. He finished with two tackles.
Chandon Sullivan - One of my biggest pet peeves for a defensive back is to cover without turning around to play the ball. Sullivan did just that and gave up a big reception with less than two minutes remaining in the first half that helped the Saints move the ball down the field and eventually scored a touchdown. Sullivan recorded four tackles in the loss.
Rasul Douglas - Douglas was hit and miss in this game. There were several pass attempts that he had good coverage on his man resulting in incomplete passes. However, there were also some pass plays where he was two steps behind his man making for easy completions for Drew Brees. He gave up a touchdown to Michael Thomas, but appeared to be expecting safety help from Corey Graham that was late in arriving. Douglas finished with three tackles