After their week three win, Philadelphia is now 2-1, and the Giants fall to 0-3 thanks to a historic 61-yard, Jake Elliott field goal. While the Eagles’ young kicker has gotten most of the attention and praise after the win, and deservedly so, let’s take a look at some of the other key Eagles from their week 3 victory.
CB Patrick Robinson
2017 Overall Grade: 85.9
Although Robinson gave up 103 receiving yards in coverage and some big plays against the Giants, particularly the long Sterling Shepard touchdown, he made up for it by recording two PBU’s and an interception off a tipped pass. The Eagles are getting exactly the kind of production they were hoping for when they signed the veteran corner.
T Lane Johnson
2017 Overall Grade: 80.0
In 39 possible pass-blocking snaps against the Giants, Lane Johnson didn’t allow a single sack, hit or hurry. After allowing two pressures in each of the Eagles’ first two games, it was nice to see Lane get back to his dominant self. In addition, it goes without saying that Lane was vital in getting the Eagles’ running game back on track.
DL Timmy Jernigan
2017 Overall Grade: 86.8
The Eagles went out and signed Jernigan to play alongside Fletcher Cox, as a player who could capitalize on one-on-one matchups created by Cox’s presence. With the Eagles losing their star interior defender during the Giants game, Jernigan was still able to produce. It’s certainly not easy to replace a player like Fletcher Cox, but Timmy stepped up to the plate with three quarterback pressures (a quarterback hit, and two quarterback hurries), and earned the game ball from PFF:
Overall pass block efficiency in 2017:
— PFF PHI Eagles (@PFF_Eagles) September 26, 2017
Despite the revolving door at left guard, the Eagles’ O-line ranks fifth in the NFL with an overall pass block efficiency grade of 83.9.
Snaps at LG vs NYG:
— A🕳ron Bloch (@PFF_Aaron) September 25, 2017
Speaking of the revolving door at LG, according to PFF’s player grades, it’s pretty easy to see who should be starting at LG going forward.
Teams are going after the Green Goblin:
Only six defenders have seen more targets so far this season than Jalen Mills saw in one game today pic.twitter.com/KS8NB6jwNk
— PFF (@PFF) September 24, 2017
This is one of the most interesting stats I’ve seen all year. Jalen Mills was targeted a whopping 21 times against NYG. To put that into perspective, that’s the most any player has been targeted in a single game in the past ten years.
While Mills played admirably alongside a beat up Eagles’ secondary, he did give up 15 receptions (71.4 % catch rate) for 119 yards and two incredible Odell Beckham Jr TDs.
Back to the ground:
LeGarrette Blount made the most of his opportunities today pic.twitter.com/IKgQhiU4r0
— PFF (@PFF) September 24, 2017
The Eagles finally got their run game going in week three, racking up 193 yards on 39 carries. While Smallwood and Clement both played valuable roles, getting the big boy Blount going was a nice sight for Eagles’ fans. His truck-stick style running vibrates through the entire Eagles’ team.
The Eagles were finally able to control the clock through the use of their run-game, and their short-passing game. Although the Giants managed to rally from behind late in the game to make it close, the Eagles dominated for much of the afternoon. If the they can continue this ball-control trend going forward, in addition to getting healthier each week, bright things are on the horizon.
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