Broncos v. Eagles Report Card

From the aggressive defensive game plan that kept Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on his heels to the offense that produced a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers -- the first time in NFL history that has happened -- the Denver Broncos pushed all the right buttons.

REPORT CARD VS. EAGLES

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Jake Plummer threw for 309 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Eight players caught a pass and four different players caught a touchdown pass. Plummer has been very efficient all season, and this was his best game of the year.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson each rushed for over 100 yards. Anderson ran hard the entire game, especially in the fourth quarter when the Eagles had some momentum. Bell broke another big play; a 67-yard touchdown run. No other back in the league is consistently breaking more long runs than Bell.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- There were some breakdowns, especially when it became clear that Champ Bailey's hamstring was keeping him from playing at full speed. Bailey gave up three long pass plays that made up most of Philadelphia's offense on Sunday. The Broncos blitzed more than they have in years, sending nine men at McNabb on the first play of the game. McNabb's first 12 passes were incomplete.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Eagles didn't run much, but had some success when they did. The Broncos held Philadelphia to less than 100 yards rushing, but that's not saying a lot, because the Eagles never made a concerted effort to get their running game going.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Todd Sauerbrun had a couple of good punts and did a good job kicking off. Jason Elam never attempted a field goal. There weren't any big plays on special teams for either side.

COACHING: A -- From the aggressive defensive game plan that kept Donovan McNabb on his heels to the offense that produced a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers -- the first time in NFL history that has happened -- the Broncos pushed all the right buttons. The coaches also deserve credit for not panicking when the Broncos started to lose a 28-0 lead.



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