Eagles vs. Broncos: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIISeptember 29, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Left guard Zane Beadles #68 of the Denver Broncos and left tackle Chris Clark #75 of the Denver Broncos prepare to defend the blind side of quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos as they face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos stayed undefeated as MVP-favorite Peyton Manning tossed four touchdowns and the special teams added two touchdowns in a 52-20 beatdown of the Eagles. 

Final Score: Denver 52, Philadelphia 20

Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Michael Vick had a solid game, averaging 9.2 yards per pass attempt without a turnover, but the offense never clicked and that blame has to fall on the quarterback.

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy's worst game of the season was still good for 16 carries and 73 yards. Chris Polk showed potential as a change-of-pace back, scoring his first touchdown. 

Pass Defense: Peyton Manning picked apart the Eagles' defense, completing 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He was as unstoppable as he has been all season. 

Run Defense: Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball combined for 130 yards on 29 carries, but it really didn't impact the game much. 

Special Teams: Trindon Holliday returned a kick for a 105-yard touchdown. Alex Henery also missed another field goal in the 40-yard range for the third straight week. It's safe to say that the Eagles have a kicking problem. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly's Eagles showed nothing new on offense. They never clicked as a unit and never really put up much of a fight other than in the first quarter. Allowing 52 points, including 14 on special teams, didn't help either. 


Halftime Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Michael Vick looks sharp. He's completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards. He could have had a touchdown pass if Brent Celek held on to an early third-down pass over the middle. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy has been contained by the Broncos and their No. 1-ranked run defense. He's carried 11 times for 36 yards with no long runs. Bryce Brown has six runs for 22 yards and Vick has scrambled seven times for 39 yards. 

Pass Defense: Peyton Manning isn't even as dominant as he usually is and he's still posted a 119.9 passer rating with a touchdown and no turnovers. A 52-yard completion to Eric Decker with the Broncos back on their goal line was his best throw of the day. 

Run Defense: Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman have combined to rush 12 times for 48 yards. The Eagles are doing a solid job against the run. 

Special Teams: Trindon Holliday returned a kick for a 105-yard touchdown.

Coaching: Chip Kelly entered the NFL with a reputation as a fearless coach. So far, he hasn't lived up to the hype. Faced with a crucial 4th-and-6 from the Broncos' 37, he elected to take a delay-of-game penalty and punt instead of attempting to convert the first down. In a shootout against the league's best offense, you need to collect as many points as possible and the only way to do so is by taking risks.