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Eagles PFF Grades: Fletcher Cox leads Philadelphia's dominant defense

The best and worst performances from the Eagles' game against the Saints.

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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 Eagles players from Philadelphia's victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 5. PFF offers explanation on their grading system on their website. Read more about that here.

OFFENSE

Best

Jason Peters +4.7
Jason Kelce +3.2
Allen Barbre +1.9
Ryan Mathews +1.9
Josh Huff +1.3

Analysis:

Philadelphia's offensive line has really struggled this season, but they were on point against the Saints. Despite playing through a quad injury, Peters finished as the highest graded player on offense. Kelce excelled as a run blocker while Barbre's strength was in pass protection.

Mathews was very productive when he got the ball. He finished with 73 yards and one touchdown on eight carries. He also caught three passes for 23 yards. 25 of Mathews' yards came after first contact.

Huff was targeted five times. He finished with four receptions for 78 yards (19.5 average) and one touchdown. He also graded out positively as a run blocker. PFF also gave him a +2.0 for his touchdown celebration. OK, I made that last part up.

Worst

Lane Johnson -2.8
Zach Ertz -2.2
Sam Bradford -1.8
Riley Cooper -1.5
Nelson Agholor -1.3
Jordan Matthews -1.2

Analysis:

Johnson, who was playing through an MCL injury and an ankle injury, didn't grade out so well. He committed a penalty and allowed two hurries on the quarterback.

Ertz graded out fine as a receiver but he majorly struggled as a run blocker.

Bradford played well when the Saints tried to blitz him. He completed eight of his nine attempts for 80 yards and a 103.7 rating. Bradford didn't do as well when he wasn't blitzed. When no additional rushers came his way, Bradford finished with 24 completions on 36 attempts for 253 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and an 82.3 rating. Bradford's two interceptions in the red zone were pretty bad throws.

Cooper was targeted eight times but only caught three passes for 32 yards. He also had a drop.

Agholor was targeted once. He was called for offensive pass interference that almost wiped out a Matthews touchdown had the wide receiver not dropped it. That would have been the second straight week where an Agholor penalty wiped out a touchdown in the red zone.

Speaking of Matthews, he was flagged twice and dropped a pass.

DEFENSE

Best

Fletcher Cox +4.9
Byron Maxwell +2.8
Jordan Hicks +2.4
DeMeco Ryans +2.0
Bennie Logan +1.8
E.J. Biggers +1.7
Cedric Thornton +1.4
Chris Maragos +1.2
Malcolm Jenkins +1.0
Bryan Braman +1.0

Analysis:

Man, look at all these positive grades. That's a lot!

It's no surprise to see that Philadelphia's top defender was Cox. He is a beast. He finished with three sacks and two forced fumbles, making him the first Eagles player to ever do so in a game since sacks were first recorded in 1982. He's special. Cox also finished with six run stops.

Maxwell had his best game of the season. He was targeted four times but only allowed two receptions for 39 yards. He also deflected a pass.

Along with his fumble recovery, Hicks made four tackles and two hurries on the quarterback.

Ryans forced a fumble. He was targeted twice in coverage but only allowed one reception for one yard. He also recorded one pass defensed.

Logan was a beast against the run, which is nothing new. Logan also recorded a sack early on in the game on Drew Brees. Thornton also graded out well as a run defender.

Maragos, Jenkins, and Biggers all earned positive grades in coverage.

Despite only playing seven snaps, Braman had one sack and one hurry.

Worst

Connor Barwin -2.7
Beau Allen -1.7

Analysis:

Somehow Barwin finished with a negative pass rushing grade.

Allen received a negative grade a pass rusher and a run defender.