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Grade the Philadelphia Eagles' win over the New York Giants

The Eagles are now in first place in the NFC East thanks to a dominant defensive effort.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are in first place in the NFC East. Let that sink in for a minute. After starting the season a listless 0-2, the Eagles have managed to stay alive and are now 3-3 thanks to a 27-7 win over New York at home on Monday Night Football.

The win wasn't pretty - the Eagles committed four turnovers and looked disjointed on offense for much of the game - but a win is a win. But the #BackInBlack magic worked again, and the Eagles handled their division rivals for just about the entire game.

With that in mind, let's take a look at who earned high marks, and who'll need to do some extra credit:

Overall grade: B

Let's start with the positives: the Eagles rolled over the division-leading Giants, putting up 27 unanswered points and improving to 3-3, including 1-2 in the division. The run game got going, and DeMarco Murray looked more like the player Eagles fans thought they were getting. Most importantly, the Eagles are, for now, the leaders of the NFC East. That's all excellent news.

Now for the negatives: Sam Bradford was again maddeningly inconsistent, the offense continued to shoot itself in the foot, and there were missed opportunities galore.

Still, a win is a win, and this was perhaps the most important of the season. The Eagles are back from the dead and are, amazingly, in first place. The Eagles will live to fight another day next Sunday against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

Offense: C

Stop me if you've heard this one before - the Eagles offense had its moments, but by and large Sam Bradford and Company were entirely too inconsistent. They finished with nine penalties, were 6-of-18 on third down, and Bradford finished 24-of-38 for 280 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

The run game was better than it had been all season, as the team finished with 155 yards on 37 carries. And DeMarco Murray finally joined the century club with 109 yards and a score on 22 carries. But the passing offense was again hit or miss. Bradford overthrew a number of his passes, including his first touchdown to Riley Cooper, which was this close to being intercepted.

Bradford's first interception came on a wildly underthrown pass on which he had two wide open receivers - one of which was open for a touchdown. And his second came on a miscommunication with Cooper, who appeared to stop his route short on a deep pass from Bradford.

That isn't to say the offense looked terrible all game. The Eagles put together a few nice drives in the second half, and Bradford was able to hit on a few big throws. but after a certain point the learning process is no longer an excuse. After six weeks, it's fair to wonder if this is simply what the Eagles offense will look like all season.

Defense: B+

After giving up a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, the Eagles defense kept the Giants scoreless for the rest of the game. The Giants were able to get yards, but timely defensive plays - be it an interception returned for a touchdown by Nolan Carroll II, a plain old pick by DeMeco Ryans, or a forced fumble by Malcolm Jenkins - put a stop to the drives.

Monday night continued the rich tradition of the Eagles running away with wins. In Philadelphia's previous three wins over the Giants, the largest lead New York has ever held has been seven points. That's domination.

Special teams: B

Give Caleb Sturgis some credit - he didn't miss on Monday night! Outside of that, it was another ho-hum performance from the special teams unit. And, hey, that's not a bad thing.

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