Eagles vs. Vikings: Live Game Grades and Analysis

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIDecember 15, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 8: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up in the snow before the start of a game against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings, without 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson, played spoiler. They crushed the Eagles, 48-30, behind three rushing touchdowns from Matt Asiata. The Eagles still control their own destiny, and two straight wins will earn them the NFC East division title. 

Final Score: Minnesota 48, Philadelphia 30

Philadelphia Eagles Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC-B-
Run OffenseC+B (incomplete)
Pass DefenseFD-
Run DefenseB+A-
Special TeamsCF
Bleacher Report

Game Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns (with one interception). He also did most of his damage in the second half. Unfortunately, 30 points wasn't even close to enough for the Eagles to win this one. 

Run Offense: Chip Kelly gave the league's leading rusher exactly eight carries for the entire game. LeSean McCoy picked up 38 yards. Foles added 41 yards, all in the first half. 

Pass Defense: Matt Cassel torched the Eagles to the tune of 382 yards. He threw for two touchdowns (with an interception). His key third-down conversion in the final minutes clinched a Vikings victory. 

Run Defense: Matt Asiata, the Vikings' third-string running back, had perhaps the worst three-touchdown game by a starter in NFL history: 30 carries for 51 yards and three touchdowns. 

Special Teams: The Eagles were terrified of Cordarrelle Patterson and spent the game kicking away from him. As a result, the Vikings had tremendous field position all game. Alex Henery's three field goals, including a 51-yard kick, were big. 

Coaching: Kelly was a total disaster, as were Billy Davis and special teams coach Dave Fipp. The Eagles were unprepared and undisciplined. They didn't just lose to a 3-9-1 team, they were crushed.  

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Jason Avant #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops a pass against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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First-Half Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Other than a successful drive at the end of the first half, Foles hasn't been able to get the Eagles offense clicking. He's completed 11 of 17 passes for 144 yards, but the Eagles don't have a touchdown yet. 

Run Offense: McCoy has just four carries for 19 yards. Nick Foles has easily been the team's best runner in the first half, with 41 rushing yards on five scrambles. 

Pass Defense: Matt Cassel is having his way with the Eagles defense. He's completed 14-of-20 for 202 yards and a touchdown. Of those yards, 114 have gone to Greg Jennings

Run Defense: Matt Asiata, the Vikings' third-string running back, has 13 carries for just 28 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are doing a good job of stopping him. 

Special Teams: Blair Walsh missed a 55-yard field goal early in the game and Alex Henery has nailed all three field-goal attempts, including a 51-yard kick. But the Eagles are clearly terrified of return man Cordarrelle Patterson and they've been kicking the ball short all game. 

Coaching: Kelly is used to entering games as a huge favorite, thanks to his college experience. He should be doing a better job against a 3-9-1 team.