ReFo: Titans @ Eagles, Week 12
The Philadelphia Eagles scored on the opening kickoff as Josh Huff returned it for a 107-yard touchdown. The Tennessee Titans made the game close in the second quarter as their offense sparked into life, only to see the Eagles’ defense too strong to overcome in the second half to ever mount a serious comeback
The Eagles now have a short week as they prepare for the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day for a chance to claim pole position in the NFC East as we near the start of December.
Now lets look at the standout performers.
Tennessee Titans – Performances of Note
Avery Williamson, ILB: +2.6
Breakdown: Avery Williamson has been a pleasant surprise for the Titans to find a solid starter from the fifth round of this year’s draft. Through the season Williamson has been a little suspect in the run game, but against the Eagles he produced his best game as a pro so far, especially as a run defender.
Signature Stat: Williamson recorded four stops in the run game for the eighth-highest Run Stop Percentage for the week at 11.4%.
Zach Mettenberger, QB: -0.6
Breakdown: The success for the reminding five games for the Titans season hinges on how Mettenberger improves. Against the Eagles Mettenberger showed some promising and some negative signs. Right now Mettenberger seems to be a streaky player who gets hot for short stretches in a game and then cools off and struggles to get the offense moving, if he can start to become more consistent the Titans might have something to work with at quarterback in the offseason.
Signature Stat: Mettenberger was under pressure on 23 of his 44 drop-backs, but produced 183 of his 345 yards and received a +1.6 grade when pressured.
Taylor Lewan, LT: -4.7
Breakdown: After a good start to his rookie season, Taylor Lewan struggled with the assortment of pass rushers the Eagles have in Connor Barwin, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. Lewan gave up two sacks including the strip sack by Barwin and two pressures.
Signature Play: Q4, 13:25. Lewan is beaten to the outside after Barwin makes a spin move and is able to strip the QB as he is attempting to pass the ball.
Philadelphia Eagles – Performances of Note
Fletcher Cox, DE: +4.2
Breakdown: The third-year pro is developing into a very good 3-4 DE and against the Titans, Fletcher Cox was a consistently beating offensive lineman with his inside moves. Along with his four total pressures Cox was also able to bat a pass down that was caught on the rebound by Brian Schwenke.
Signature Stat: Cox recorded a 14.8 PRP the fourth-highest for 3-4 DE who played 25% of snaps.
Mark Sanchez, QB: -3.7
Breakdown: Mark Sanchez’s numbers look better on paper than his performance showed, while 307 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions does not look great, it could have been much worse. Sanchez still struggles when he is under pressure, often looking lost and trying to force a ball into a tight window or attempting a pass when his feet are not set and seeing the ball sail.
Signature Play: Q3, 5:13. The second of Sanchez’s interceptions is a prime example of him not re-setting after he is forced to move off his spot on what could have been a 15-plus yard completion on 3rd-and-6.
Brandon Boykin, CB: +2.4
Breakdown: Brandon Boykin produced another good day in coverage as the Eagles slot cornerback. Boykin only allowed one catch for 22 yards and had one interception and one pass defensed.
Signature Play: 1Q, 6:33. The Titans run a pick route, Boykin recognizes quickly that the ball is going to Hunter on the slant and is able to switch off of the slot receiver and break up the quick attempt.
PFF Game Ball
The PFF game ball goes to Fletcher Cox thanks to his one sack and three hurries.
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