Pro Football Focus is a site that grades NFL player performances. Let's take a look at what they had to say about the performances in Philadelphia's 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
PFF offers explanation on their grading system on their website. Read more about that here.
Analysis: Let's start with the obvious: Nick Foles had an amazing day. He tied the NFL record by throwing for 7 touchdowns. Simply a performance for the ages. Lane Johnson was the best graded Eagles offensive lineman. That's an encouraging sign because Johnson had struggled at times this year. Evan Mathis was solid as always. Brent Celek contributed in the passing game (1 TD) but especially exceeded as a run blocker. Riley Cooper (139 yards, 3 TD) and DeSean Jackson (150 yards, 1 TD) each had big days. Jason Kelce did a good job of blocking, especially in the Eagles' screen game.
The worst graded Eagle on offense was Jason Avant. He hasn't had a good season. Avant played less than half of the team's snaps and was targeted only once, but he dropped that pass. LeSean McCoy only managed 44 yards on 12 carries but the Raiders have a top run defense. PFF marked Shady negatively due to his pass blocking. Todd Herremans has struggled in pass protection all year and that didn't change against the Raiders.
Analysis: Fletcher Cox, per usual, is a beast. In 40 snaps as a pass rusher, Cox amounted 6 QB hurries. Trent Cole also contributed in the pass rush, finishing with 6 hurries and 1 sack. Still not enough pass rush for you? Vinny Curry also had 1 sack to go with 5 hurries. Even Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff got in on the pass rush. A Wolff blitz caused Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor to throw a ball that would be flagged for intentional grounding. Wolff also graded well in pass coverage. Patrick Chung returned to the field on Sunday and also played well. Bradley Fletcher finished with 6 tackles and a good grade in pass coverage. Mychal Kendricks struggled in coverage but received a positive pass rush grade thanks to 1 sack, 2 QB hits, and 3 hurries.
Not too many players graded out poorly against the Raiders' offense. Damion Square didn't grade well in either run defense or pass rush. Connor Barwin played well against the run but he didn't offer much as a pass rusher. In 29 pass rush snaps, he didn't record any kind of "pressure" (sack, hit, hurry).
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