Eagles Week 11 PFF Grades: Linval Joseph dominates in his Philly debut; offensive line posts solid marks across the board
The Philadelphia Eagles managed to escape Indianapolis with a win on Sunday, rallying in the fourth quarter to win 17-16 and earn their ninth win of the season.
Philly trailed 13-3 entering the fourth. Led by the arm and legs of QB Jalen Hurts, the Eagles put up 14 points in the final period to eek out the victory. It was the first time since DeSean Jackson’s miraculous walk-off punt return against New York in 2010 that the Eagles won despite trailing by 10 points or more entering the fourth quarter.
As we do every week, let’s take a look at how Pro Football Focus graded the Eagles’ performance.
Isaac Seumalo, Jalen Hurts, and Lane Johnson lead the way offensively
It was an up-and-down day for the Eagles offense, but their offensive line still managed to dominate the trenches. Isaac Seumalo posted the best offensive grade of anyone on the Eagles offense Sunday, earning a 78.6 overall mark for his efforts. He also earned an elite grade in pass blocking, grading out with an 88.6 mark in that category.
Along with the offensive line, Jalen Hurts deserves a lot of credit for Sunday’s win and his PFF grades reflect that. He earned the second-best grade on Philly’s offense, posting a 78.5 overall grade.
Hurts gashed the Colts defense early and often with his legs, totaling 86 yards on 16 carries (5.6 YPC) along with the game sealing touchdown run late in the fourth. He earned a 77.6 running grade for the day.
The Eagles signal caller was at his best in the fourth, racking up 130 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
Rounding out the top-three in offensive grading for the Eagles is Lane Johnson, who continued his Pro Bowl caliber season with another exceptional outing against Indy. He recorded a 72.0 offensive grade for the day, along with a 79.3 pass blocking grade.
Johnson didn’t surrender a single hurry, pressure, or QB hit against Indianapolis. He still hasn’t given up a sack this season. Elite stuff from Johnson, as always.
Eagles offensive line dominated in pass protection Sunday
Although the offensive line struggled a bit to open up holes in the running game, their pass protection was top notch.
As a unit, the Eagles offensive line allowed just two hurries and two pressures on the day. PFF didn’t attribute any of Indy’s three sacks to the Eagles offensive line.
Every single one of the Eagles starters along the offensive posted pass blocking grades of 79.0 or higher. Landon Dickerson and Seumalo led the way in that regard, both earning 88.6 pass blocking grades. Jason Kelce earned a 83.7 grade in pass protection, with Jordan Mailata right behind him at 81.1. Johnson was the lowest graded Eagles lineman in pass protection at 79.3.
Overall, it was a very ugly win for the Eagles on Sunday. But seeing the offensive line continue their weekly dominance should put fans’ minds at ease.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles offense
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Linval Joseph, Josh Sweat, and Marcus Epps lead the way defensively
While a lot of the talk following Sunday’s game has revolved around Jalen Hurts’ performance down the stretch, the Eagles defense kept their team in the game.
The newly acquired Linval Joseph led the way, earning the highest overall grade of anyone on Jonathan Gannon’s unit. He posted an 84.8 defensive grade on 26 defensive snaps. He recorded four combined tackles and half-a-sack against Indianapolis.
Coming in behind Joseph was edge rusher Josh Sweat, who’s been on a tear as of late. He finished the game with a defensive grade of 80.8, along with the highest pass rushing grade (82.6) of any Eagles defender. The 25-year-old pass rusher totaled three pressures, two hurries, and one quarterback hit on the day.
For the second week in a row, Marcus Epps posted solid marks in PFF’s grading system. He earned a 79.5 defensive grade for his efforts against Indy after earning an 80.3 mark last week. On the day, Epps racked up five combined tackles and one defensive stop. The free safety also posted the highest run defense grade of anyone on the Eagles defense, posting an 89.0 grade there.
Brandon Graham, Ndamukong Suh, TJ Edwards, and CJ Gardner-Johnson all posted solid grades as well, earning 75.0 marks or better.
Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh both impress in their Eagles debuts
While the acquisition of Robert Quinn hasn’t exactly gone as planned, the Joseph and Suh signings are both paying dividends already. The defensive tackle tandem combined for seven tackles, two QB hits, and a sack on Sunday. They also had a clear impact on the Eagles run defense, holding All-Pro back Jonathan Taylor to just 2.3 yards per carry after Indy’s opening drive.
Suh and Joseph did their jobs against the run, but they also had a nice day rushing the passer. Suh earned a 74.4 pass rushing grade for the day, while Joseph came in right behind him with a 74.1 mark.
Roseman brought these veterans in for one reason and one reason only, to help patch up the team’s run defense. They did that and more on Sunday.
As long as this duo continues their stout play, they’ll be regulars in Gannon’s defensive line rotation.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles defense
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