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Eagles-Cowboys PFF Grades: Philadelphia dominates the trenches

The best and worst player performances from the Eagles' 2014 Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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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 Dallas Cowboys. (Recap)

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

OFFENSE

Best

Lane Johnson +3.9
Evan Mathis +3.1
Jason Peters +2.4
Jason Kelce +1.1
Andrew Gardner +1.1

Analysis:

Philadelphia's offensive line paved the way for their success on that side of the ball. All five of the Eagles' starting offensive lineman finished with a positive grade. Lane Johnson finished the best out of all of them. Veteran tight end Brent Celek also finished with a very high run block grade.

Only one sack was allowed and that was by backup guard Andrew Gardner. The Eagles paved the way for running back LeSean McCoy to finish with 159 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Worst

Riley Cooper -1.1
Chris Polk -1.1

Analysis:

Riley Cooper's struggles continued on Thursday. The veteran receiver has just had an abysmal season. Cooper finished with four receptions on seven targets for 32 yards. Mark Sanchez was visibly upset with Cooper after one play late in the game.Then Sanchez targeted Cooper right after that and he wasn't even looking for the ball.

I'm not sure why Polk was marked down. He seemed to run well to close out the game. He finished with 49 yards on 11 attempts in garbage time. 30 of those yards came after first contact.

DEFENSE

Best

Brandon Graham +2.9
Fletcher Cox +2.6
Nate Allen +1.5
Brandon Boykin +1.1

Analysis:

Brandon Lee Graham led the way on Philadelphia's defense with one sack, one quarterback hit, and two quarterback hurries in just 12 pass rush snaps. That's very good production. Graham was also very solid in defending the run with two tackles and three stops.

Fletcher Cox was a beast. The 23-year old defensive end bested 24-year old rookie Zach Martin a number of times. Cox finished with one sack and three quarterback hurries to go along with three tackles (plus one assisted) and four stops. Cox continues to thrive as both a run stuffer and a pass rusher.

The much-maligned Nate Allen finished with a good game in coverage. According to PFF, Allen's man wasn't targeted even once. Allen did a great job of staying in-bounds while recovering Brandon Boykin's forced fumble and he also had two interceptions. One of the picks was called back due to a defensive holding, but Romo was really bailed out by the call.

Speaking of Boykin, he was solid in coverage as well. Plus the fumble he forced was huge.

Worst

Trent Cole -2.5
Beau Allen -1.8
Casey Matthews -1.5

Analysis:

Trent Cole was graded down for not getting a lot of pressure. On 22 pass rush snaps, he only finished with one hurry. Cole's grade also suffered from committing a penalty.

Rookie nose tackle Beau Allen only played seven snaps. He didn't record a stat during his limited playing time. It was clear his former fellow Wisconsin Badgers teammate Travis Frederick got the best of him.

Casey Matthews was marked down in run defense. Matthews appeared to hold his own while being forced to play more snaps than usual due to Emmanuel Acho sitting out with a groin injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Best

Donnie Jones +1.5
Darren Sproles +1.2

Analysis:

Eagles punter Donnie Jones only punted three times. Two of those kicks were downed inside the Cowboys' 20-yard line. Jones' longest punt was 57 yards and his net average was 42.3. Good game for Jones.

Darren Sproles didn't break a big return at any point but he was consistently reliable. His 32 yards on three returns was solid.

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