Eagles Week 10 PFF Grades: AJ Brown posts his worst marks of the year; Robert Quinn continues to struggle in his new home
For the first time since January, the Philadelphia Eagles lost a meaningful football game Monday night, falling to the Washington Commanders 32-21.
From poor execution on both sides of the ball to excruciatingly terrible officiating, this game had a little bit of everything. The Eagles got blown out in time of possession, holding the ball for just 19:36 minutes of game time to Washington’s 40:24. The team also lost the turnover battle for the first time all season, coughing up possession four times.
As we do every week, let’s take a look at how Pro Football Focus graded out the Eagles performance in their lone loss of the season.
Jordan Mailata, DeVonta Smith, and Jason Kelce lead the way offensively
After a pretty terrible outing last Thursday night against Houston, LT Jordan Mailata bounced back in a big way Monday night. He finished the night with the highest offensive grade for the Eagles, posting an overall mark of 85.8.
Mailata really shined with his run blocking, posting an elite 89.2 grade in that category. While his pass protection wasn’t as excellent as his run blocking, it was a big improvement from last week. Mailata earned a 73.0 pass blocking grade for Monday night, while allowing just two pressures during the contest.
Coming in behind Mailata in PFF’s grading of the Eagles offense was WR DeVonta Smith, who hauled in six receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown against Washington.
Smith posted a solid 76.7 offensive grade for the evening along with a 75.6 receiving grade.
Rounding out the top-three for the Eagles offense is none other than Jason Kelce, who continued his Pro Bowl season with another stout performance Monday night.
The Eagles center finished the night with an offensive grade of 75.7. He was equally as stellar in both run blocking and pass protection, posting 74.2 and 76.2 grades respectively. He allowed just one pressure on 29 pass blocking reps.
AJ Brown posts his worst offensive grade of the season against Washington
Whether it was due to a tweaked ankle early in the game or Washington’s defensive game plan, WR AJ Brown just wasn’t effective Monday night. He finished with one reception on four targets for seven yards, while posting his worst offensive grade of the season at 57.7.
The Eagles offense never seemed to get in sync against Washington and it’s due in large part to Brown’s absence in the passing game. He’s been outstanding this season, one bad game shouldn’t diminish that. But if we’re being fair, Brown left a handful of plays on the field Monday night.
His biggest gaf came in the second quarter with the Eagles holding a 14-10 lead. First and 10 on the Eagles own 45-yard line, Jalen Hurts dialed up a 50-50 ball for Brown deep down the middle of the field. More often than not, Brown comes down with this ball. It hit him right in the hands and because he bobbled it for a split second, Commanders safety Darrick Forrest managed to come down with it for an interception.
Washington capitalized on the turnover, marching down the field with a methodical 16-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to give them a 17-14 lead. For all intents and purposes, this moment was the turning point of the game. Brown comes down with that ball, the Eagles are likely scoring a touchdown to increase their lead to 11 with about five minutes or so in the first half. Instead, the momentum completely flipped in Washington’s favor and they never relinquished it.
Everyone has a bad game here and there. And for the record, Brown isn’t the only player who failed to show up for the Eagles. It was a team loss, through and through. It just would have been nice to see the team’s top playmaker show up when it mattered most.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles offense
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Javon Hargrave, Josh Sweat, and Milton Williams lead the way defensively
Though the Eagles defense failed to limit Washington’s running game or get off the field on third down for the majority of the night, PFF still gave the Eagles defensive line glowing reviews for their outing.
Javon Hargrave, Josh Sweat, and Milton Williams all had defensive grades of at least 84.0 against Washington.
Hargrave led the way for the Eagles defense, posting a 91.0 defensive grade for his efforts, the best single-game grade he’s received this season. He posted a team-high 13 combined tackles on the night while notching a sack on Taylor Heinicke. Hargrave earned elite marks in the pass rushing category for the second week in a row, finishing the night with a 93.1 grade in that category.
Sweat posted his best single-game grade of the season as well, earning a 90.1 defensive grade for the game. He wasn’t as active as Hargrave, but Sweat still managed to get a sack-fumble in the first quarter to set his team up for their first score of the evening. On the night, Sweat recorded one sack and one pressure along with a 92.8 pass rushing grade.
Second-year defensive tackle Milton Williams posted the best marks of his career Monday night, earning a 84.5 defensive grade. He finished the game with five combined tackles and one pressure.
Robert Quinn continues to struggle in his new home
Robert Quinn has been in Philly for almost a month now and he’s yet to have a standout performance in midnight green. On Monday, the veteran pass rusher posted the worst defensive grade of anyone on Jonathan Gannon’s defense, posting a 39.4 overall grade.
Since joining the Eagles, Quinn’s defensive grade sits at 46.4. He’s recorded just three pressures and one quarterback hit during the three weeks he’s been here.
There was some skepticism about Quinn’s viability when the Eagles traded for him. He’s 32 years old and had only tallied one sack this season prior to his arrival in Philadelphia, after racking up 18 last year. With three games in Philly under his belt, he’s left a lot to be desired and some of that skepticism seems to be justified.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles defense
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