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Grade the Philadelphia Eagles victory over Houston Texans

The Eagles defeated the Texans, 31-21. Now let's grade how they did.

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The Philadelphia Eagles picked up their sixth win of the 2014 NFL season on Sunday with an ugly victory over the Houston Texans. (Recap)

The Eagles moved to 6-2 on the season.

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

Overall grade: B

Offense: C

First though: too many turnovers. Nick Foles threw one interception before getting hurt and Mark Sanchez threw two picks. With that said, the Eagles still managed to gain 483 yards on 79 plays (6.1 average). The run game looked effective and it wasn't just one rusher getting the job done. Philadelphia finished with 190 rushing yards on 40 attempts (4.8 average). Jeremy Maclin dominated through the air once again with 158 yards and 2 touchdown scores. It's really hard not to think how much better this offense could be minus the turnovers.

Defense: B+

Another mixed defensive performance for Philadelphia. They looked pretty good except for, you know, those times where they allowed huge plays to Houston. The Eagles run defense limited Arian Foster to just 56 yards on 15 carries (3.7 average). Philadelphia racked up 4 sacks and held Ryan Fitzpatrick to 48.1% passing, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. This unit just needs to cut down on those big pass plays allowed, which is obviously easier said than done.

Special teams: A-

Philadelphia's special teams unit was solid yet again. Cody Parkey drilled a 45-yard field goal kick twice after being iced on his first attempt. Only two kicks were returned for an average of 18 yards. No punt returns were allowed. Texans kicker Randy Bullock missed a 39-yard attempt, though I'm not sure the Eagles actually affected that play. Darren Sproles averaged 13.5 yards on 2 punt returns.


What's your grade?

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