Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Lions report card

Posted: October 15, 2012

Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Lions. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News.

RUSHING OFFENSE: The Eagles had a season-low 71 rushing yards, and Michael Vick had 59 of those on scrambles off designed pass plays. LeSean McCoy finished with just 22 yards on 14 carries. That’s the fewest rushing yards he’s had in a game with more than six carries in his career. A first-quarter end-around to DeSean Jackson lost 14 yards.

Grade: F

PASSING OFFENSE: The offensive line did a poor job of protecting Michael Vick much of the game and gave up costly back-to-back sacks in overtime that forced Mat McBriar to punt out of his own end zone and helped set up Jason Hanson's game-winning field goal. A miscommunication on a shotgun snap between Vick and center Dallas Reynolds resulted in a first-quarter fumble that cost the Eagles a scoring opportunity. The loss wasted an excellent six-catch, 130-yard game by Jeremy Maclin.

Grade: C

RUN DEFENSE: The Eagles allowed a season-high 138 rushing yards. The Lions had nine carries of eight yards or more and matched the Steelers' seven rushing first downs. The Eagles gave up 66 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, much of it after DT Fletcher Cox got tossed from the game for throwing a punch.

Grade: D-minus

PASS DEFENSE: In the first three quarters, the Eagles held Matthew Stafford to seven completions in 21 attempts and Calvin Johnson to one reception. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Stafford was 15-for-24 for 220 yards and a touchdown, and Johnson caught five passes for 107 yards. The 57-yard completion they gave up to tight end Tony Scheffler after taking a 10-point lead was a momentum-turner. For the third straight game, the Eagles were held without a sack.

Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Eagles did a good job on kickoff coverage, but gave up a 48-yard first-quarter punt return to Stefan Logan that set up the first of Jason Hanson's four field goals. Mat McBriar's punt on Logan's return didn't have much hang time. Mardy Gilyard replaced Damaris Johnson on punt returns. He had an 11-yard return on one of the two he didn't fair catch. Alex Henery had three field goals, including a 49-yarder early in the fourth quarter that gave the Eagles a seemingly comfy 10-point lead.

Grade: C-plus

OVERALL: Andy Reid's pre-bye week woes continued (they now are 6-8 going into the bye under Reid). After protecting three fourth-quarter leads in the first four games, the defense has reverted to its 2011 ways, blowing a 10-point lead Sunday after failing to protect a one-point lead last week. The offense had minus-15 net yards on its final two possessions of the game.

Grade: F

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