Eagles Week 14 PFF Grades: Jalen Hurts leads the way offensively; Brandon Graham continues to impress
From the opening kickoff to the final seconds of the game, the Philadelphia Eagles dismantled the New York Giants in a contest that was never even close.
The Eagles left MetLife Stadium 12-1 after defeating New York 48-22.
How were the Eagles able to thoroughly dominate New York on Sunday? Well, simply put, it’s because the Eagles are better in every single facet of the game. And this week’s Pro Football Focus grades reflect that.
Let’s dive into those grades to see how PFF graded the Birds’ performance.
Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, and Boston Scott lead the way offensively
Jalen Hurts catapulted himself to the top of the MVP race after another outstanding showing on Sunday.
The Eagles signal caller finished the game with 294 total yards, three touchdowns, and a QBR of 85.4. PFF handed Hurts an overall grade of 82.0, along with passing and rushing grades of 75.0 and 80.1 respectively.
Through 14 weeks, Hurts has earned an 88.6 offensive grade, good for third among 37 qualifying quarterbacks. His 83.7 rushing grade ranks fifth, and his 84.6 rushing grade ranks fourth.
From pinpoint accurate passes to gashing runs, Hurts did it all once again on Sunday. He’s gotten better as the season has gone on, which should strike fear into any opposing defense he faces the rest of the way.
He’s special, through and through.
Coming in behind Hurts was his backfield mate, Miles Sanders, who posted his best rushing performance of the season against NY. The former Nittany Lion finished the day with 144 yards on 17 carries (8.5 YPC!) while finding the end zone twice.
PFF graded Sanders out at 81.6, his second-best grade of the season. As it stands, Sanders has an offensive grade of 80.9 for the year, placing him ninth among 64 qualifying running backs. His 86.8 rushing grade ranks fifth.
Rounding out the top-three for the Eagles offense was none other than the Giant Killer himself, Boston Scott. Scott only saw seven touches on Sunday but he managed to make the most out of them, racking up 37 total yards and one touchdown. He was also a big factor on special teams, averaging 39 yards per kick return for the day with a long of 66.
In the end, PFF handed Scott 75.0 offensive grade, along with a 73.9 rushing grade.
Along with the top-three on the Eagles offense, three other players posted grades of 70.0 or higher – Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, and Landon Dickerson.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles offense
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Brandon Graham, Haason Reddick, and Nakobe Dean lead the way defensively
At age 34 and fresh off an Achilles tear last season, Brandon Graham is having a career-year. He was once again atop the grade sheet for the Eagles defense on Sunday, posting an elite 93.9 defensive grade, along with a 92.9 pass rushing mark.
On the year, Graham is the second-highest ranked edge rusher in the league, posting a 91.2 overall grade.
BG absolutely abused the Giants offensive line in Week 14, accumulating six pressures and three sacks. He’s racked up 8.5 sacks thus far and is on pace to get double-digit sacks for the first time in his career.
Speaking of abusing offensive lineman, Haason Reddick was a dominant force on Sunday as well. PFF handed the former Temple Owl an 84.5 defensive grade and a 79.1 pass rushing grade for the afternoon. He tallied nine pressures and two sacks on Sunday.
Reddick currently has a 78.4 defensive grade for the year, placing him 22nd among 120 qualifying pass rushers.
Behind the two pass rushers, we have rookie LB Nakobe Dean, who once again demonstrated why he should see more playing time on Sunday. On 12 defensive snaps, the rookie posted a 78.7 defensive grade while earning a 71.6 tackling grade and 76.4 coverage grade.
I’m still patiently waiting for Dean to get 15-20 snaps per game. Not sure what else he’ll have to do to earn it. He certainly looks the part based on the exposure he’s gotten thus far.
PFF grades for the entire Eagles defense
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