By Chip Keagy, AATSN Co-Host
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Yes, the Eagles lost to the Chargers. What was different about this loss is that they were IN this game. It felt like watching actual football. It can't be said they only showed up for the 4th quarter after getting wrecked in the first three. The Chargers are a good football team and the Eagles went toe to toe with them for a full 60 minutes. Lets go to the gradebook!
Coaching Staff: B-
Even if the media claims that the identity of this football team is the running game, we all know that isn't true. The Philadelphia Eagles JUST recently realized that running the football allows Jalen Hurts to play his best football, the offensive line to dominate, and the team to click as a whole. Early on, Sirianni wasn't interested in running the ball, and when the offense wasn't able to be successful, he remembered what worked against Detroit and against the Raiders before Miles Sanders went down. I thought offensively, Sirianni called a really good game.
The same can't and will not be said about Jonathan Gannon's defense. It was putrid today. The lack of pressure on Herbert led him to an 84% completion rate and over 350 yards passing. Gannon called for soft coverage all day and Herbert (as good quarterbacks have done all season) picked this defense apart.
To end on a positive note, the Eagles got called for only 3 penalties and had no turnovers. Sirianni did his job today.
Jalen Hurts was asked to do a little more than he was last week. He finished with 65% completion percentage because he wasn't asked to do too much as a passer. He rushed for 62 yards and they were at exceptionally important times. Hurts looked very composed on his 4th quarter drive which leads to the leadership qualities we always discuss. He had a really terrible miss to Goedert early on but besides that was safe with the ball and methodical with his passes. His only other big knock was on the pass to Smith in the endzone that should've been UP so that Devonta could've had a chance at it.
Running Backs: A
Another week of commiting to the run game and the backs responded very well. Jordan Howard had a great day rushing the football. Gainwell was minimally used again (not a passing game so not much need for him) but he got into the endzone. Boston Scott had a really solid 4 yards per carry. These guys when they get their chances are taking full advantage of them. It will be interesting to see what happens when Miles Sanders comes back because he will be the feature back.