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NFL Week 14 Preview: Eagles at Rams

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 7, 2017

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PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Offensive lineman Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline during a National Football League preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Steelers 17-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles visit the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 3

Coverage by: Mike Alessandrini

Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles offense vs. Los Angeles Rams defense

  • T Lane Johnson vs. Edge Robert Quinn – As is the case every week, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson will play an important role in determining the success of his offense. Johnson ranks fifth at his position with an 85.1 overall grade in 2017 and is second among active tackles with a 97.3 pass-blocking efficiency. Over his last four games, the former fourth-overall selection has surrendered just four total pressures while not allowing a sack. He has also been effective in Philadelphia’s top-tier run game, with an 82.0 run-block grade this season. On the opposite side of the field, Robert Quinn is beginning to turn his season around after a rough start on the edge of Wade Phillips’ defense. In his last three games, Quinn has accumulated three sacks and eight stops in run defense. In the same set of games, the veteran has not missed a tackle, and his 8.4 run-stop percentage ranks second among edge defenders.

Lane Jonhson, tackle, Philadelphia Eagles

  • G Brandon Brooks vs. DI Michael Brockers – Sticking with clashes in the trenches, Brandon Brooks and Michael Brockers will do battle on the interior in both the pass and run games. Brooks’ 88.2 overall grade currently ranks third among guards, while his 98.0 pass-blocking efficiency is tied for first. Philadelphia’s right guard has not allowed a single sack in 460 pass-block snaps this season. Meanwhile, Brockers is coming off a strong game against the Cardinals last week, where he recorded three total pressures and three stops in run defense. While he may not be the fiercest pass-rusher on Los Angeles’ defensive line, the former first-round pick is fantastic against the run, amassing 24 stops in 2017. His 12.6 run stop percentage is third-best at his position.
  • WR Alshon Jeffery vs. CB Trumaine Johnson – The Jeffery-Johnson matchup will be an exciting one to watch this week, as it will pit two tall, physical players against each other. Jeffery did not have his best game against Seattle last week. He hauled in four of six targets for 42 yards, with just two yards coming after the catch. On the season, Carson Wentz has not thrown an interception when targeting his top wideout, earning a 105.3 passer rating (ninth-best mark among receivers). For the Rams, Johnson is averaging 10 coverage snaps per reception and allowing 1.49 yards per coverage snap. Where this matchup will be particularly interesting is on contested targets. Jeffery is known for his strong hands, catch radius and ability to come down with 50-50 balls. Johnson is just as good in close quarters, however. Receivers are catching just 16.7 percent of contested targets when matched up with the Rams cornerback this year. This is the best mark in the NFL.

PFFELO Ranking: 6

Coverage by: Mike Cahill

Matchup: Los Angeles Rams offense vs. Philadelphia Eagles defense

Jared Goff, quarterback, Los Angeles Rams

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