Week One Report Cards

After an impressive start to the season, there aren't many places to nit-pick with our first report card of the season for the Eagles.


PASSING OFFENSE: A+ It didn't take long for Donovan McNabb and new wideout Donte Stallworth to get on the same page. Stallworth had six catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in his Eagles debut. With his line giving him outstanding protection, McNabb threw for 314 yards and 3 TDs.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A- Andy Reid made good on his offseason pledge to run more. The Eagles ran it 30 times for 130 yards. Their ability to move the ball on the ground gave some teeth to their effective play-action game.

PASS DEFENSE: B The Eagles gave up a few big plays, including a 42-yard pass to Andre Johnson and a 25-yard TD to Eric Moulds. But for the most part, thanks mainly to a relentless pass rush that kept David Carr on the run and sacked him five times, the defense held the Houston passing game in check.

RUSH DEFENSE: A+ The Texans had just 70 rushing yards, and 25 of those were by QB David Carr. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson rotated two different lines to keep his players fresh and they held Wali Lundy and Vernand Morency to 45 yards on 16 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A- David Akers made his only field goal attempt - a 42-yarder - though it was a ricochet shot off the right upright. Brian Westbrook averaged 8.3 yards per return on punts. The coverage units didn't allow the Texans favorable field position.

COACHING: A Jim Johnson rotated his front four, which kept players fresh and allowed them to run all day after QB David Carr. After a productive training camp and preseason, Andy Reid had his team focused against an inferior opponent.

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