Grading the Eagles NFC East clinching victory over the New York Giants

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Defensive line

The Eagles have a pass-rush, this is not a drill! 10 QB hits, 4 sacks and a lot of thumping. Saquon Barkley may have had 92 rushing yards, but if we wipe away one big 68-yarder, it tells a far more accurate story.

Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were rabid throughout, while Timmy Jernigan appeared to play with a real chip on his shoulder on a huge TFL in a crucial situation. Oh, and Derek Barnett now has a spin-move. Nice.

Grade: A-

Linebackers

It was a solid day at the office for Eagles linebackers, which is possibly the biggest compliment we can give them. Nate Gerry has really settled down over the last few weeks and the group were able to swarm on blitzes and totally stifle the Giants rushing attack. Apart from that oopsie on the big Saquon run, there’s no reason for complaints here.

Grade: C+

Cornerback

Rasul Douglas suffered a couple of bad penalties and a few missed plays, such as the Golden Tate TD, but outside of that, was absolutely stellar around the catch-point. When you add in clutch-king Sidney Jones getting that elusive interception after a behind-the-back PBU, it makes for a very successful outing.

And saving the best for last: Captain Cre’Von. A big-time TFL against Saquon Barkley? Check. A huge PBU on 4th and 4? check. 8 tackles and 2 more pass breakups? That, ladies and gentlemen, is the emergence of an underdog. It’s Captain Cre’Von’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Grade: A+++++++++++++++++++ (definitely nothing to do with the Captain)

Safeties

Malcolm Jenkins was a force to be reckoned with against the Giants and Rodney McLeod throwing in a hit-stick for good measure just cements a dominating day. The Eagles safeties played devilishly throughout and combined for 3.5 TFL, 2 PD, and 15 total tackles. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Grade: A-

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