PFF Preview: Redskins @ Eagles, Week 3
The Washington Redskins and their potent pass rush will come into Philadelphia, with 14 sacks already, to face the Eagles and Nick Foles who has a 156.3 QB Rating and 15.1 yards per attempt against the blitz this year.
Jason Hatcher is fueling Washington’s pass rush with a leading grade of +3.6 on the year to go with his four sacks credited by PFF, and the fifth-best Pass Rushing Productivity number among 3-4 DEs with at least 40 pass rush snaps. Ryan Kerrigan plays his part as well racking up four sacks against Jacksonville last week, giving him the third-best PRP mark among 3-4 OLBs along with the second-most pressures in the league with nine. Philladelphia’s ofensive line has only given up three sacks up to this point and comes in 10th in the league for Pass Blocking Efficiency.
The Eagles may look to bolster their offensive line further by starting now-healthy guard Matt Tobin who practiced this week. Tobin graded out as the top overall guard in the preseason with a +8.0 rating in 108 snaps. Jason Kelce continues to open big holes for Eagles running backs with a +5.2 grade on the year. The Eagles’ defense is improved so far this year with a +14.8 overall rating and grading out positively against the run and the pass, after finishing at -19.7 in pass coverage in 2013.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Chris Baker – Graded out at +1.3 overall in his first start at nosetackle in his career last week, leads the Redskins in stops with seven.
Kirk Cousins – Finished fourth in PFF QB Rating among QBs with at least 35 drop-backs with a 100.63 grade while taking over for an injured Robert Griffin III.
Niles Paul – With Jordan Reed nicked up, Paul thrived in his opportunity with more playing time: led the team in catches (eight) and targets (10) for 99 yards and a touchdown, along with a passer rating of 141.3 on balls thrown his way.
Nate Allen & Malcolm Jenkins – Allen is much improved this year, rating third in the league among safeties in coverage with Jenkins rated 10th. They have combined to give up three catches on six targets for 41 yards.
Fletcher Cox – Has a 14.6% Run Stop Percentage with seven stops in 48 snaps against the run, good for third overall among 3-4 defensive ends on the year. Also forced a fumble against the Colts last week.
Zach Ertz – Stretches the field for the Eagles catching five of six targets over 20 yards for a TD and a league-leading (among tight ends) 123 yards.
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