We've seen a few instances this year of how dominant the Eagles defensive line can be. The second Giants game is one good example as was last Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Of course, we've seen the opposite as well, but for now we'll accentuate the positive.
Pro Football Focus handed out their grades for week 14 and the Eagles front four were off the charts.
Six of the Eagles' eight man defensive line rotation graded above +3.0 for their overall grade with a noteworthy performance coming from Phillip Hunt (+4.1) putting in by far his best performance of his pro career. Hunt, a crossover star from the CFL, upstaged the last great CFL import on his home turf as his sack of JP Losman clinched the game. Trent Cole (+4.7) made six defensive stops, including three sacks. Jason Babin (+3.3) also tallied three sacks and Darryl Tapp (+4.5) added four pressures and a batted pass. Across the board the Dolphins just simply couldn't cope with an inspired Eagles defensive front.
PFF also had special praise for the Eagles secondary, who also played one of their better games. It was particularly encouraging to hear them single out Nate Allen for his strong game Sunday.