Report Card Day – Eagles/Vikings

Last week the Eagles were grounded because of their grades.  They couldn’t go outside or hang out with any babes.  This week it’s party city.  Specifically the defense.  Schwartz had this unit ready to play.  They dominated the Vikings OL from opening kickoff and didn’t take their foot off the pedal.  It was a tail of two half’s for Carson Wentz.  Honestly just 1 bad quarter.  He was bad in the 1st Q.  You can’t sugar coat it.  He was awful.  He did settle down after that and rebounded nicely.  He was able to pick and chose his spots.  Doug Pederson really helped him out with some solid and simple play calling.  Highlighting his play was a heads up 4th and 2 after a bad snap.  Wentz picked it up, kept his head up and was able to get off left tackle for the 1st.  Eagles have a tough schedule as we’ve mentioned before.  This was a good start against a 5-0 team.

Top Offensive Grades per PFF.com

Jason Peters 82.7

Jason Kelce 81.4 – I’ve been hard on Kelce and rightfully so.  If I’m going to get on him for bad play I need to give him praise when he plays well.  His snaps were a little so-so to be honest but I thought he anchored the line well.  He called out and set the protections against a complex front 7.  Eagles had perfect protection on 22 of 28 pass plays.  Kelce was a main force for that happening.

Brandon Brooks 82.2

Josh Huff 72.1 – Huff was maligned coming into this season. Arguably a fringe roster guy most thought including us here at Eagles Focus.  He’s been a nice complimentary piece to this offensive unit.  He’s a jack of all trades player who just needs ball in his hands.  Kickoff returns, WR screens and jet sweeps seem to be his forte.  Add in 4 catches and he put together a nice game.  In defense battles like we had on Sunday players like Huff can make the difference.

Brent Celek 67.4

Top Defensive Grades per PFF.com

Malcolm Jenkins 88.4

Brandon Graham 87.6 – Graham abused the Vikings tackles all game.  I was a little confused to see the Zimmer rotating them like he did but they were bad.  Clemmings and Long were not match for this DL.  PFF has BG rated at the top of the list in terms of pass rush grade.  Sunday was no different.  He was dominant.

Jordan Hicks 86.2 – I thought this was Hicks best game of the year.  He was all over the field.  He was great in coverage and even recorded a sack.  He netted 5 stops and was targeted 3 times in pass coverage.  He allowed 2 catches for a combined 1 yard.  I would love to see more of these performances moving forward.  Last year Hicks was introduced to the league with a nice pick 6 vs Dallas.

Rodney McLeod 84.8

Connor Barwin 82.9 – In a reduced role Barwin had a bounce back performance.  He along with Graham essentially set up camp in the Vikings backfield.  He forced the first fumble on Sleeves and never looked back.  Earlier in the year Barwin was playing almost every defensive snap.  A more limited role will keep him fresh in the 2nd half of games and moving forward during the second half of the season.

Source – www.profootballfocus.com

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