Week 17 Report Card

Through the first three quarters, the Eagles looked like they would finish with a strong report card against Washington. Then, they failed the final exam and their grades fell, although they still finished better than they have in most of their games.

PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus - For only the second time in seven starts, Mike McMahon managed to complete 50 percent of his attempts (16-for-31). But he also threw a costly interception and lost a fumble. His replacement, Koy Detmer, threw another interception. It was interesting that McMahon was pulled when he was having one of his better starts of the season. Stay tuned to this one.

RUN OFFENSE: B-minus - Bruce Perry, who spent the first 14 games of the season on the practice squad and had just one carry going into Sunday's game, rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries. He may have helped push himself at least into a tie with Ryan Moats on the depth chart and with Correll Buckhalter likely gone during the off-season, Perry will be a name to watch for 2006.

PASS DEFENSE: B-plus - The Eagles gave up two big plays - a 54-yard pass to Santana Moss that set up a touchdown and a 41-yarder to James Thrash that set up another score. But Mark Brunell completed just seven other passes in 25 attempts. The Eagles recorded just one sack though against Washington and that came from Sam Rayburn. In other words, the overall pass defense wasn't helped much by the pass rush.

RUN DEFENSE: D - Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts combined for 142 rushing yards against the Eagles. Portis had two rushing TDs.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus - The Eagles' coverage units didn't allow the Redskins much on returns. P Sean Landeta had another strong performance. David Akers nailed both of his field-goal attempts, including a 49-yarder that hit the crossbar and bounced through. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles handle the Landeta / Dirk Johnson question at the punter's spot.


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