Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Texans
The Philadelphia Eagles bounced back with a big 31-21 win in Houston against the Texans.
The Eagles improved to 10-0 all-time against teams based in Houston (Texans/Oilers) after rallying behind backup quarterback Mark Sanchez. The defense also played well sacking Texans Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick four times.
The Eagles are alone in first place in the NFC East with a 6-2 record halfway through the season. Time now for Grayson's Grades after the win over the Texans.
Mychal Kendricks - Kendricks gave the Texans a lot of trouble by frequently getting into the backfield and harassing Texans Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He finished the game with 12 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.
Jeremy Maclin - Maclin posted another triple-digit receiving game. He caught several deep balls to help build his receiving yardage total. Maclin hauled in 6 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has over 300 yards receiving in the last two games.
Chris Polk - Polk earns an 'A' for taking advantage of opportunities when given. He has not had the chance to carry the ball much, but when he got his chances he cashed them in during this game. He goes up the middle and almost always carries the pile a few yards. Polk finished the game with 8 carries for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
Chip Kelly - Kelly called a great game on offense. He took advantage of mismatches and key players out due to injury for Houston. He also looked masterful in taking time off the clock in the 4th quarter and ending that drive with a touchdown that sealed the win. It was an 8:01 drive to give the Eagles a 31-21 lead.
LeSean McCoy - McCoy did a great job of avoiding taking too many losses and eventually broke free for some big runs. His longest run of the day was 26 yards. McCoy finished with 23 carries for 117 yards.
DeMeco Ryans - Ryans did a good job bottling up Arian Foster and the Texans running attack. He made a big interception when the Texans were in the Red Zone, but then fumbled it right back to Houston. Ryans left the game in the 4th Quarter on a cart. No word yet how serious the injury is. He made 6 tackles and had the one interception.
Mark Sanchez - Sanchez came in relief for an injured Nick Foles in the first half and did well. He made a few questionable decisions, but overall continued where he left off in the preseason. Sanchez made some very difficult throws as well for touchdowns. One was perfectly thrown to Jordan Matthews. The other was low and in the only place Jeremy Maclin could catch it. Sanchez finished completing 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.
Jordan Matthews - Matthews made a great catch on a touchdown reception. He did drop one. He does not get many opportunities in the course of the game, but does tend to make the most of them. Matthews finished with 3 receptions for 40 yards and 1 touchdown.
Pass Rush - The group effort on the pass rush was successful. Connor Barwin, Brandon Bair, Beau Allen, Brandon Graham and Mychal Kendricks all recorded sacks. They also got to Fitzpatrick quickly enough that they helped to take away Andre Johnson.
Josh Huff - Huff made some nice plays in the game, but was docked for the most part due to a pass he should have caught that went off his hands and became an interception.
Jason Kelce - Kelce did some nice things in this game. He is one of the best centers in the league at getting ahead in the screen game and paving the way for the receivers. However, he had numerous questionable snaps. It is a problem Kelce will undoubtedly correct.
Nick Foles - Foles was not terrible, but he also was not great before suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and leaving the game. When he set his back foot and delivered the ball he was making solid passes. When he didn't set that back foot, he looked bad and threw a pick six.