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Grading the Eagles' 30-17 win in Washington

Grading the Eagles' 30-17 win in Washington

Grading the Eagles' 30-17 season-opening win Sunday over Washington:

Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz: 26/39, 307 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Once again, Wentz is able to do things physically many other quarterbacks simply cannot. That much was evident on his 58-yard touchdown to Nelson Agholor. Wentz escaped what looked like a sure sack and flicked a pass down the field with ease. The 24-year-old wasn't exceptionally sharp, but he was able to keep the chains moving in the face of consistent pressure. The interception was tipped at the line of scrimmage. That being said, Wentz is not doing his offensive line or himself any favors holding on to the ball so long.

Grade: B

Running backs
LeGarrette Blount: 11 ATT, 37 YDS, 1 TD REC
Darren Sproles: 5 REC, 43 YDS

The Eagles didn't have a ton of opportunities to carry the football, but weren't very effective with the chances they got, either. Say what you want about the blocking — if a defender meets Blount in the backfield, there's almost zero chance he will make that man miss. Blount and Wendell Smallwood had some issues in pass protection as well.

Grade: C

Wide receivers
Nelson Agholor: 6 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD
Alshon Jeffery: 7 TAR, 3 REC, 38 YDS, 2 PTS

For Jeffery, not a debut to remember. Jeffery was far from the focal point of the Eagles' offense, despite the fact he was not shadowed by Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman. Jeffery had some opportunities to come up with highlight reel catches, but he wasn't able to finish. Meanwhile, for Torrey Smith, a debut to forget, as well. He had a single reception for 30 yards, but it was lack of interest in jumping on a loose football after he whiffed on a block that people will still be talking about on Monday.

Grade: B-

Tight ends
Zach Ertz: 8 REC, 93 YDS
Brent Celek: 1 REC, 11 YDS

Ertz led all receivers in receptions and yards and was the security blanked Wentz desperately needed this week (see 10 observations). The fifth-year tight end caught everything that was thrown his way, quite a few of the grabs going for first downs. Did not see or hear much from Trey Burton.

Grade: A

Offensive line
Jason Peters: Left game in third quarter (groin)

Difficult to asses the play up front. Pass protection was an issue early, but Wentz isn't doing his O-line any favors with all that running around back there, either. Washington had 2.0 sacks and 10 quarterback hits — many of those Wentz's own doing. The unit settled down in the second half despite calling upon Halapoulivaati Vaitai to replace Peters at left tackle, although the group never did give backs much room to run. The Eagles averaged 2.6 yards per rushing attempt, minus kneel downs.

Grade: C

Defensive line
Fletcher Cox: 1.0 SK, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD
Brandon Graham: 3 TKL, 1 TFL, 2.0 SK, 1 FF

There's no question the officials blew the call, but Brandon Graham was credited with a sack and a forced fumble, which Fletcher Cox recovered and returned 20 yards for the score. Whatever. It counts, and essentially sealed the deal for the Eagles. Tim Jernigan added a sack as well, and Vinny Curry hit the quarterback twice. The D-line disappeared for a stretch, but came back strong in the fourth quarter and delivered a victory.

Grade: A-

Linebackers
Jordan Hicks: 7 TKL, 1 FR
Mychal Kendricks: 3 TKL

Hicks also should've had a sack, but the play was negated by a defensive holding penalty against Nigel Bradham. Kendricks had the hit of the game and was used frequently and effectively as a blitzer. Solid effort from the front seven as a whole, limiting Washington's offense to 3.8 yards per carry.

Grade: B

Defensive backs
Jalen Mills: 9 TKL, 2 PD, 1 INT

Mills was battling through an up-and-down game before an interception floated into his waiting arms. It was less a good play by Mills than it was a matter of good fortune, but he held on and it was an important play, ending a Washington drive in the red zone. Still, nine tackles is not a good statistic for a cornerback. Malcolm Jenkins and Patrick Robinson each had four tackles, and Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins had three each. Washington averaged a pitiful 4.5 yards per pass attempt, so while the secondary bent, it did not break.

Grade: B+

Special teams
Caleb Sturgis: 3/3 FG, 1/2 XP
Donnie Jones: 42.5 AVG, 1 IN20

Special teams arguably had a larger hand in this victory than the offense. Sturgis rebounded from a missed extra point to connect on field goals of 50, 42 and 37 yards. Jones pinning Washington at its own 1-yard line (give Jaylen Watkins with an assist) with 6:43 remaining in the fourth quarter led to a huge three-and-out as well. Impressive debut for Corey Clement on kickoff coverage, too (see rookie report).

Grade: A+

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

We've heard so much about Nolan Patrick's vision and passing ability.

Now we know why.

Patrick on Tuesday delivered the first jaw-dropping highlight of his NHL career when he slickly dropped a pass through his legs for a trailing Dale Weise, who finished the play with the Flyers' fourth second-period goal of the night.

You can watch the play in the video above … and just, wow.

Patrick, only 19 years old, does it so naturally and without even looking — at all — in Weise's direction.

Some Flyers were seen on the bench smiling in amazement of the teenager.

And it probably won't be the only time.

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his wild new hairstyle

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his wild new hairstyle

Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."

He also sent a message with his fresh new look.

Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.

No, not Andrew Bynum.

We're talking about Allen Iverson.

"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."

Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”

Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?

"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."

"I think it looks OK," Embiid said, always his toughest critic.