PFF Preview: Eagles @ Redskins, Week 16
Having lost consecutive games at home the Philadelphia Eagles now hit the road for a divisional clash with the Washington Redskins who are forced to make yet another quarterback change, this time due to injury. So now we have Lane Johnson and the rest of the Eagles heading into Landover to try and keep their playoff hopes alive against Ryan Kerrigan and the Redskins.
Johnson has already exceeded his total season grade last year with an overall grade of +9.5 compared to a -2.1 mark last year. Last year he had posted seven of his 17 games grading red in pass protection. This year he has excelled in that area, earning a green grade in six out of 10 games this year with only one in the red. He will be facing Kerrigan a lot on Saturday.
Kerrigan has an outstanding season ranking fourth in Pass Rush Productivity among 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 220 pass rush snaps racking up 58 pressures on the year with 12 of them being sacks. He also has 23 stops against the run and ranks fourth in Run Stop Percentage among 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 225 snaps. He has only missed one tackle all year against the run.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Andrew Gardner – Gardner was tied with fellow guard Evan Mathis this week with a +4.7 overall grade and had the second best run blocking grade of all guards last week at +4.3.
Cedric Thornton – A big run stuffer for the Eagles who ranks seventh in Run Stop Percentage among 3-4 DEs with at least 250 snaps with 21 stops on the year.
Mychal Kendricks – His overall grade puts him at eighth for all inside linebackers and is only one of two inside linebackers to have a pass rush and coverage grade above +5.0.
Kory Lichtensteiger – Showing huge improvements from past years with a +6.6 overall grade and is second among centers in Pass Blocking Efficiency and has yet to surrender a sack.
Trent Murphy – The rookie is in the top 25 in Pass Rush Productivity among 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 220 pass rush snaps and also ranks 11th in Run Stop Percentage among those with at least 195 snaps.
Tress Way – Leads all punters with at least five punts in gross average with a 47.8 mark and has the highest max hangtime at 5.65 seconds.
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