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Eagles-Titans PFF Grades: Philadelphia's pass rush continues to dominate at home

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The best and worst player performances from the Eagles' 2014 Week 12 game against the Tennessee Titans.

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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 victory over the Tennessee Titans. (Recap)

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

OFFENSE

Best

Evan Mathis +2.0
Riley Cooper +1.7
Zach Ertz +1.2
James Casey +1.2

Analysis:

All-Pro left guard allowed one quarterback hit and committed one penalty but still finished as the team's highest graded offensive player. Mathis earned high grades as both a run blocker and a pass protector.

Riley Cooper received a negative grade as pass catcher but his run blocking earned him an overall positive grade.

Both Zach Ertz and James Casey graded out well as pass catchers and run blockers.

Worst

Mark Sanchez -3.7
LeSean McCoy -2.8
Jason Kelce -2.6
Lane Johnson -2.3
Jason Peters -2.3

Analysis:

Mark Sanchez obviously had a rough game. He made some really good throws at times but he also made too many bad ones. He was inconsistent. Sanchez struggled to handle pressure well; he threw both of his two interceptions on plays where he faced a blitz. Another criticism of Sanchez, one that I'm not sure PFF accounts for, is that it appeared Sanchez had room to run at times if he kept the ball on the read-option.

Interesting to see LeSean McCoy graded negatively after having what seemed like his best performance in a while. McCoy finished with 130 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts. He forced five missed tackles. I'm not sure what more PFF wants here.

Jason Kelce and Jason Peters graded out negatively as run blockers. Peters was also penalized twice. Kelce has only finished one game with a positive PFF grade since returning in Week 9, and it was that game. Lane Johnson was fine as a run blocker but struggled in pass protection; he allowed four quarterback hurries.

DEFENSE

Best

Fletcher Cox +4.2
Mychal Kendricks +3.4
Bennie Logan +2.7
Connor Barwin +2.7
Brandon Boykin +2.4
Brandon Graham +1.9
Nate Allen +1.6
Trent Cole +1.5
Cary Williams +1.2

Analysis:

As you can see, a number of Eagles defenders graded out well.

Leading the way was third-year defensive end Fletcher Cox. Cox finished with one sack and three hurries on 24 pass rush snaps. Not only does Cox generate pressure by himself but he occupies blocks and allows other rushers to get to the quarterback. Stud.

Speaking of studs from the Eagles 2012 NFL Draft class, Mychal Kendricks finished with six tackles and one quarterback hit. Kendricks is a complete linebacker. He excelled in coverage, as a pass rusher, and as a run defender.

Big Bennie Logan continued his beastly season with a big game against the Titans. He finished with one hurry and one batted passes along with one tackle. Beyond the stats, it's clear that Logan has an impact in the middle of the line.

Connor Barwin finished with two sacks, bringing him up to 12.5 on the season. Barwin absolutely deserves to be an All-Pro this year. Along with two sacks, he also recorded four hurries and one batted pass.

Brandon Boykin only allowed one catch on four targets. He also had one pass defensed to go with his garbage time interception. That pick was the first of Boykin's season, by the way.

In just 18 pass rush snaps, Brandon Lee Graham finished with five quarterback hurries. One of those includes a play where Graham had Mettenberger in his arms but missed the sack. BLG has to finish on those plays, but still a good performance.

Nate Allen graded out well as a run defender. He made four tackles without missing any.

Barwin wasn't the only Eagles linebacker to finish with two sacks; Trent Cole also had two to go along with one hit and one hurry.

Starting cornerback Cary Williams only allowed two receptions on three targets for a total of 11 yards. Williams has been solid in the past few weeks.

Worst

Bradley Fletcher -3.1
Casey Matthews -2.3
Emmanuel Acho -1.8

Analysis:

Another rough outing for Fletcher. The veteran cornerback allowed four receptions on seven targets for 69 yards. Fletcher also missed one tackle.

Casey Matthews struggled in coverage and missed a tackle. Emmanuel Acho only played nine snaps but missed a tackle.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Best

Chris Prosinski +1.5
Josh Huff +1.4

Analysis:

It appears Chris Prosinski has been an upgrade over Earl Wolff, who was placed on injured reserve last week, on special teams. Prosinski finished with three special teams tackles on Sunday.

Josh Huff broke an Eagles franchise record by returning the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown. Credit the blocking on the play, but Huff also did his part in breaking tackles with two nasty stiff arms. Watch it here.