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The best and worst player performances from the Eagles' 2014 Week 9 game against the Houston Texans.

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Thomas B. Shea

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 win over the Houston Texans. [Recap]

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

OFFENSE

Best

Jason Peters +6.0
Chris Polk +3.0
Jeremy Maclin +2.4
Nick Foles +2.3
Jason Kelce +1.9
Darren Sproles +1.7
Brent Celek +1.5

Analysis:

Jason Peters graded out very highly as a run blocker. Peters really aided Philadelphia's rejuvenated run game.

Speaking of the ground attack, oft-injured backup running back Chris Polk was very effective in limited playing time. Polk ran for 50 yards on just 8 attempts for an average of 6.3 yards per attempt. Even more impressive, 29 of those yards came after first contact. There is hidden value in those extra yards he picks up after getting hit. Polk now has 5 career touchdowns in just 27 career touches.

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Nick Foles was knocked out of the game early but played relatively well before going down. He was 10/13 for 124 yards for 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His deep throw to Jeremy Maclin was perfect.

And speaking of Maclin, the 26-year-old wide receiver is simply on fire right now. He's currently on pace to record 1,580 yards and 16 touchdowns. Maclin has amassed 18 receptions for 345 yards and 4 touchdowns over the last two weeks. Maclin easily deserves Comeback Player of the Year consideration. There's no doubt the team will want to keep him if they see he's capable of playing this well.

Starting center Jason Kelce returned to the field and made an impact in the run game. He did struggle with some high snaps but that's probably just a sign of rust, which is to be expected.

Darren Sproles also returned to the field on Sunday and he was great, as always. Sproles ran for 17 yards on just 3 attempts and also caught 4 passes for 46 yards. He also averaged 13.5 yards on 2 punt returns.

Brent Celek continues to show why he plays major snaps despite having a limited role as a receiver. He's simply too good of a blocker to take off the field.

Worst

Lane Johnson -3.5
Todd Herremans -1.7
LeSean McCoy -1.6
Riley Cooper -1.4
Jordan Matthews -1.3

Right tackle Lane Johnson had his hands full with Houston defensive stalwart J.J. Watt. Johnson allowed 1 sack, 2 QB hits, and 2 QB hurries. Johnson was also penalized twice. Right guard Todd Herremans, who was playing through a torn biceps muscle, also struggled preventing pressure.

Running back LeSean McCoy had a nice day on the ground with 23 attempts for 117 yards but was marked down for bad pass blocking. It also appears PFF gave more credit to the offensive line blocking for him than McCoy's running ability.

Riley Cooper graded negatively due to some poor blocking. Jordan Matthews, who caught a beauty of a red-zone touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez, was also graded down for his blocking and a penalty.

DEFENSE

Best

Mychal Kendricks +4.2
Connor Barwin +1.5
Malcolm Jenkins +1.4
Brandon Graham +1.2
Brandon Boykin +1.1

Analysis:

Mychal Kendricks made his presence felt in his full-time return to Philadelphia's defense. The third-year inside linebacker recorded 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 3 QB hurries, 8 tackles, and 6 stops. Kendricks' value as a pass rusher is not to be underrated.

Connor Barwin also got the job done as a pass rusher with 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 QB hurry, and even a batted pass.

Malcolm Jenkins continues to have a great season in the secondary. Jenkins was targeted twice and didn't allow a reception but did record a pass deflection.

Brandon Graham contributed with 5 QB hurries in just 10 pass rush snaps. That seems... pretty good. He also recorded a sack.

Brandon Boykin rebounded after struggling in Week 8. The team's nickel corner was solid in coverage and against the run.

Worst

Earl Wolff -2.2
Bennie Logan -1.5

Analysis:

Earl Wolff struggled while filling in for the injured Nate Allen. Wolff allowed 3 catches on 4 targets for 39 yards, including a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins. Wolff recorded one tackle all game long.

Bennie Logan was mostly graded down for a facemask penalty he committed on Andre Johnson. The play was more accidental than intentional.