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Grade the Philadelphia Eagles victory over St. Louis Rams

The Eagles beat the Rams, 34-28. Now let's grade how they did.

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The Philadelphia Eagles earned their fourth win of the 2014 NFL season on Sunday with a victory over the St. Louis Rams, 34-28. (Recap)

The Eagles moved to 4-1 with the win. At one point it looked like the game was going to be a blowout in favor of Philadelphia, but that didn't end up being the case. The Rams rebounded from a 34-7 start by scoring 21 straight unanswered points and even came within reach of stealing the win.

Now that the game is over, let's assign a letter grade.

My grade: C+

Offense: C

Hey, the Eagles offense actually scored some points this week. Let's take a look at the statistics. The Eagles gained a total of 352 yards. They scored 20 points. Not too bad. Turnovers were an issue, however. Nick Foles committed a dumb fumble by failing to slide feet first. LeSean McCoy also had a dumb fumble while carrying the ball one-handed trying to make something out of nothing. Foles also threw an interception. Foles finished with 24/37, 207 yards, 5.6 average, 2 TD, 1 INT,  and a 86.2 passer rating. McCoy finished with 24 carries for 81 yards, which is an 3.4 average. When two of the most important offense players struggle, it's obviously not a good sign. Once again, both players need to step up and play better.

Some positives: Darren Sproles was much more effective as a ball carrier with 51 yards on 7 attempts. Jeremy Maclin led the team in receiving yards and also had a touchdown. Riley Cooper made a really tough catch in the endzone for a touchdown. Cooper earned some redemption there.

Defense: B

Philadelphia's defense looked strong early but softened towards the end of the game. The pass rush was alive; the Eagles recorded four sacks for the second straight week. Philadelphia also forced two fumbles and recorded one for a defensive touchdown. Everything was looking good until the Eagles secondary started allowing big gains through the air. Cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher were both to blame at times. The Eagles simply need better cornerbacks moving forward.

Special Teams: A+

I said it during the game and I'll say it again: the Eagles have the best special teams unit in the NFL. At the very least, it has to be top 3. This isn't just luck; they're a legitimately good group of players. James Casey may be overpaid due to limited offensive contribution but he's been a beast on special teams. Casey blocked a Rams punt that was recovered for a touchdown by Chris Maragos, who is also a special teams ace. Even Donnie Jones, who has been a little shaky this season, had a crucial punt late in the game that pinned the Rams at their own 9 yard line. Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp has done a good job with this group.


What's your grade?

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