Eagles

Eagles-Ravens report card: Offensive line isn't good enough

Eagles

The Eagles had a furious comeback on Sunday but ultimately fell 30-28 to the Ravens at the Linc.

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 1-4-1 on the season and have a short week to prepare for the Giants on Thursday Night Football.

Quarterbacks 

Carson Wentz: 21/40, 213 yards, 2 TDs, 84.7 rating

The stats aren’t anything special but Wentz was basically out there running for his life and still gave the Eagles a chance to win that game. It was Wentz’s best performance of the year but it still wasn’t a complete game. The offense was awful early and Wentz also lost a key fumble that led to a touchdown in what ended up being a two-point loss. Hurts, however, did some nice things to help jump start the offense.

Grade: B+

Running backs

Miles Sanders: 9 carries, 118 yards

Sanders left the game early with an injury it looked like he suffered on the tail end of his 74 yard run. But Sanders also fumbled on the end of that run and was lucky J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was there to pounce on it. Boston Scott was the only other back to get a touch. He had 2 carries for 4 yards and 2 catches for 5.

Grade: B

Wide receivers

Travis Fulgham: 6 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD

In his third game with the Eagles, Fulgham had another huge game and really made some great plays in the fourth quarter. John Hightower rebounded from an early drop to catch a 50-yarder. And Greg Ward made a spectacular catch on the sideline. And, heck, if JJAW isn’t blocking 70 yards downfield, he doesn’t dive on that ball in the end zone. Solid performance from these guys.

 

Grade: B

Tight ends

Zach Ertz: 10 targets, 4 catches, 33 yards

Before leaving the game with an injury, Ertz had a ton of targets and not a ton to show for it. He and Wentz continue to struggle to be on the same page. But Richard Rodgers added three catches for 31 yards and made a great adjustment on one. And Jason Croom made his first catch with the Eagles a touchdown.

Grade: C

Offensive line

The Eagles came into this game without Lane Johnson and Matt Pryor and then lost Jack Driscoll during the game. Oh yeah, and they were already without Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Peters and Andre Dillard. But even if we were grading on a curve, it was still an awful performance. Wentz was sacked six times and was hit 16 times. He was able to play well in spite of the guys in front of him. Brett Toth clearly isn’t ready to play and Jamon Brown definitely didn’t look like a veteran. Getting Johnson and Pryor back for Thursday could be huge.

Grade: F

Defensive line

Brandon Graham: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFLs

Normally, if an opposing offense has 182 yards on the ground, it’s on the DL. But that wasn’t the case on Sunday. In fact, I thought the Eagles got some pretty solid pressure on Lamar Jackson all game and the interior of the line played like the high-priced players they are. Brandon Graham has five sacks through six games.

Grade: B

Linebackers

Nate Gerry: 8 tackles, 1 PBU

It wasn’t a good performance from the linebackers but this group wasn’t nearly as bad as it has been earlier this season. Even Gerry made a play in coverage. Alex Singleton was active too, leading the team with 9 tackles.

Grade: C

Secondary

Jalen Mills: 4 tackles, 1 FF

The first two third-down conversions the Eagles gave up were horrible but they settled in some after that. Jackson rushed for 108 yards but threw for just 186 and a touchdown. It was hard to come up with a grade for the secondary, so a C seems right.

Grade: C

Special teams

Jake Elliott: 0/1 on field goals

The Eagles didn’t get anything going in the return game, Jake Elliott missed a 52-yard field goal and the Eagles gave up a 37-yard kick return that gave the Ravens a short field on a touchdown drive.

Grade: D

Coaching

Record: 1-4-1

I definitely didn’t like Doug Pederson’s play call on that final two-point conversion and I also didn’t like his decision to go for the two-pointer earlier in the game. I know the analytics tell him to but that felt like a position where you should be happy to be down 10. We also saw how much the spark from Hurts helped and the Eagles waited too long to get him involved.

 

Grade: D