PFF Preview: Cowboys @ Eagles, Week 15

Zack Martin and the rest of the Dallas offensive line have a tough task ahead of them defending Philadelphia DT Fletcher Cox in this pivotal NFC East game.

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PFF Preview: Cowboys @ Eagles, Week 15

2014-Prev-WK15-DAL@PHIRookie offensive guard Zack Martin and the Cowboys look to bounce back in a fight for the division in Philadelphia against stalwart defensive end Fletcher Cox and the Eagles.

Martin is not only the highest-graded player on the Dallas’ offensive line, but also on the whole offense. He is third in Pass Blocking Efficiency among guards allowing only eight total pressures on the year and has yet to give up a sack. He is also a solid run blocker with a +5.1 grade on the year. His overall grade has been in the red in two games this year, with one of them coming on Thanksgiving against the Eagles.

Fletcher Cox has been on an absolute tear the past five weeks. He’s graded out as the best 3-4 DE overall, better than J.J. Watt in that time span, with a +23.8 overall grade and ties Jurrell Casey for the lead in stops with 17. Rushing the passer, he’s posted a +9.2 grade while amassing 22 pressures with three going for sacks. Against the run he comes in second in Run Stop Percentage and leads the run grade category with an absurd +14.3. In last week’s game against the Seahawks, he had eight stops on 11 tackles to go along with three hurries.

Here are three more notable numbers for each side:

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten – This year he has played a major role in blocking posting a +1.5 grade or higher when pass, run, or screen blocking and has only given up one pressure in pass protection.

Orlando Scandrick – His +9.7 coverage grade on the year is his highest of his career and he has yet to grade out red in any game this year when in coverage.

Henry Melton – The free agent acquisition seems to be paying off coming in at eighth among DTs in Pass Rush Productivity with 28 pressures on the year and a +16.1 pass rush grade.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon Graham – No. 1 among 3-4 OLBs with 130 pass snaps, Graham has racked up 40 pressures in 164 snaps rushing the passer. To put it in perspective, 11th-ranked teammate Trent Cole only has four more pressures than Graham but those came on 147 more snaps.

Mychal Kendricks – Ranks sixth in Run Stop Percentage, 10th in Pass Rush Productivity, and has only missed six tackles on the year.

Jordan Matthews – Ranks second among rookie WRs in WR Rating and is fourth in Yards Per Route Run. His seven TDs when coming out of the slot are second among all WRs to only Randall Cobb.

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