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Eagles-Packers PFF Grades: Jordan Matthews shines in Philadelphia loss

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The best and worst player performances from the Eagles' 2014 Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Pro Football Focus is everyone's favorite site that grades NFL player performances. Let's take a look at what they had to say about the performances from the Philadelphia Eagles brutal loss to the Green Bay Packers.

PFF offers explanation on their grading system on their website. Read more about that here.

OFFENSE

Best

Jason Peters +3.1
Jordan Matthews +1.5
Darren Sproles +1.3
Zach Ertz +1.1

Analysis:

Jason Peters finished as Philadelphia's best offensive lineman by a significant margin. He held up well in pass protection and graded out well as a run blocker.

Rookie slot receiver Jordan Matthews was one of the few bright spots for the Eagles. Matthews made a number of tough catches and finished with five receptions on eight targets for 107 yards (21.4 average) and one touchdown. Philadelphia's rookie receiver has really come on strong in recent weeks. There's no question the quarterback change from Nick Foles to Mark Sanchez has helped him. Sanchez and Matthews have hooked up for 14 completions, 280 yards and four scores in the past three weeks.

Darren Sproles only finished with two carries but he was extremely effective in limited playing time. He ran twice for a total gain of 21 yards. The Eagles need to continue to feed him the ball. As cliche as it might sound, he just makes plays.

Second-year tight end Zach Ertz hauled in four receptions for 55 yards and didn't grade out poorly as a blocker.

Worst

Mark Sanchez -5.0
Jason Kelce -2.4
Evan Mathis -2.1
Josh Huff -1.4

Analysis:

Mark Sanchez finished dead last. He threw two interceptions and was marked down for three fumbles. The situation wasn't ideal for situation. The Eagles got down early and Green Bay knew he needed to throw the ball in order to get back into the game. Still, that's no excuse. It wasn't a good game for the Eagles' backup quarterback. There were some nice throws, yes, and the loss is hardly his fault alone, but it just wasn't enough.

Jason Kelce finished with another bad game this week after grading out negatively against the Panthers. He allowed one sack. His high snaps have been especially concerning. Kelce hasn't been listed on the injury report, but it's easy to wonder just how healthy he is since returning from injury in Week 9.

Speaking of players returning from injury, Evan Mathis (who is normally a PFF superstar!) also graded out negatively. Mathis especially struggled in pass protection. He also committed a (tacky?) holding penalty early in the game.

Josh Huff dropped an easy pass on two targets and recorded no catches. He's really been struggling, and that's an understatement.

DEFENSE

Best

Fletcher Cox +1.7
Cary Williams +1.3

Analysis:

Not too many bright spots on the Eagles defense, obviously. Fletcher Cox finished two hurries, three tackles, and two stops. He finished as Philadelphia's second best defender against the run, behind Trent Cole.

Cary Williams receiving a positive grade seems surprising. PFF only marked down Williams as responsible for three catches for 28 yards on five targets, however. Williams also finished with seven tackles.

Worst

Bradley Fletcher -4.2
Connor Barwin -2.2
Malcolm Jenkins -1.6
Mychal Kendricks -1.5

Analysis:

It's not surprising to see cornerback Bradley Fletcher on the bottom. Green Bay consistently picked on him and Fletcher didn't have an answer. Fletcher allowed seven receptions on 12 targets for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He also committed a penalty in the end zone at one point and missed a tackle that would have forced a fourth down. Bad, bad game for Fletcher.

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin graded negatively due to a lack of pass rush. Barwin didn't register any significant pressure. Barwin leads the team in sacks this season with 10.5 but he was invisible, like most of the Eagles pass rush, against the Packers.

Malcolm Jenkins and Mychal Kendricks both graded poorly in run defense. The former missed two tackles while the latter missed one.

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