Report Card Day – Eagles/Redskins

This will be a blast to write.  Yesterday was disgusting.  The Eagles were out played on offense and defense and for the first time this year severely out coached.  After a 3-0 start the Eagles are now 3-2 and face a murderers row of games coming up.  The Eagles have the toughest remains schedule in the league.  There next 6 opponents have a combined record of 22-7.  It doesn’t always play out the way you think as injuries happen but right now it looks daunting.  I think this team is up to the task.  We’ll see how they respond.  For the last 2 weeks the Eagles have beat themselves with stupid untimely penalties.  They lack the talent to overcome self inflicted mistakes.  I expect them to correct this moving forward.

Top Offensive Grades per PFF.com

Jason Peters 76.4

Allen Barbre 74.9

Jordan Matthews 74.0 – By my account Matthews is having a nice season.  I thought he was the best WR on the field for the Eagles yesterday (he usually is).  He caught 3 balls for 75 yards including a potentially game changing bomb in the 4th quarter.  Matthews has been more consistent catching the football but I still feel he’s leaving some plays on the field.  Not because of effort, not at all.  I’m referring to the juggling tough catches or the hard plays in traffic I would like to see him make.  In a game filled with poor play I thought Jordan was a bright spot.

Dorial Green-Beckham 73.4 – DGB’s snaps have increased in every game this year.  It’s clear he makes the Eagles better when he’s on the field.  I hope his snaps continue to increase.  He had a nice catch and run called back by a holding penalty.  The Eagles need to try and get him the ball in space.  He can be a monster after the catch.  The problem with DGB is he goes missing far to often during games.  More of a consistent presence is needed.  Hopefully that will come with increased snap counts.

Brandon Brooks 72.5 

Top Defensive Grades per PFF.com

Bennie Logan 82.2 – This was Bennie Logan’s best game of the year and maybe in his Eagles career before he got hurt.  He was the only player on the DL and the defense for that matter who gave consistent effort and played sound fundamental football.  He suffered a groin injury and is now listed week to week.  I don’t expect him to play next week.  He will be missed for sure.  Logan was great at maintaining gap control.  Something his other counterparts didn’t do.  It’s why the Redskins averaged 6.8 yards per carry.  The most since John Riggins last played.

Beau Allen 79.2

Malcolm Jenkins 78.5

Brandon Graham 76.9

Fletcher Cox 74.9 – We are trying to have one of the PFF guys on our podcast in the near future.  I would love to ask him about this particular grade because I don’t understand it.  Cox was awful yesterday for the Eagles.  By my account he ran himself up field 6-7 times ala Jason Babin style giving up big running plays behind him.  He then compounded things by getting flagged for another bone headed stupid roughing the passer penalty.  A back breaking penalty because the Eagles had stopped the Skins on 3rd down.  They got a new set of downs and ultimately scored a TD on a Matt Jones run.  Not sure how he registered this high of a grade with out recording a tackle all game!  Two weeks in a row Cox has hurt his team with the penalties.  I expect more for 106 million and an All-Pro. Next week vs the Vikings will be his best game of the season.  He will be dominant.

Jason Kelce is the worst starting OL in the league by my account.  His play is dreadful and down right pitiful.  He committed 2 more holding penalties yesterday 1 negating a nice play by Carson Wentz.  He’s supposed to be the anchor of this line and his play is letting his teammates down.  Conor Barwin is out of place in this wide 9.  It’s clear he doesn’t fit.  Barwin finished 89/90 edge rushers on the grading scale the week per PFF.  He only registered 2 hurries the entire game.  Where were the linebackers?  Did any of them dress or make the trip?  Hicks needs to have the handcuffs taken off.  He needs to be moved to the outside so he can utilize his play making potential.  He’s not a 4-3 middle backer.  Schwartz needs to find a way to get the most out him.  In a wide 9 set the backers need to fill the gaps and maintain their lanes.  It’s clear the Eagles did not leading to over 200 yards for the Skins.  Next week will be a nice test to bounce back against.

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