PHI-CHI grades: Carson Wentz is PFF’s No. 1 QB through two weeks

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 draft stars for the second week in a row, while Bears struggle on offense.

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PHI-CHI grades: Carson Wentz is PFF’s No. 1 QB through two weeks


Philadelphia Eagles 29, Chicago Bears 14

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Eagles’ 29-14 win over the Bears on Monday night:

Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback grade: Carson Wentz 87.0

Rookie Wentz puts together another lights-out performance

It has only been two games, but Carson Wentz has played as well as any quarterback in the league so far this year, and is PFF’s top-graded quarterback through Week 2. He got into a rhythm early with short, quick passes, and slowly worked his way downfield as the game progressed. He missed on a few short throws at times, but overall he still had an adjusted completion percentage of 74.2 percent. Wentz finished with 190 yards passing, although it should have been considerably more, with two deep passes dropped by his receivers that totaled another 76 yards to the target point. It is still early, and he hasn’t had to deal with too much pressure in the first two games, but he has definitely shown promise thus far.

Top offensive grades:

T Lane Johnson, 82.3

G Allen Barbre, 80.5

TE Trey Burton, 79.1

G Brandon Brooks, 76.3

TE Brent Celek, 72.4

Tight end Burton has impact in Ertz’s absence

Trey Burton caught Wentz’s only touchdown pass of the game, and hauled in four other targets to finish as the highest-graded skill-position player on the Eagles’ offense outside of Wentz. The offensive line performed fairly well in pass protection, allowing Wentz to be pressured on just seven of 39 dropbacks. Run blocking was more of a mix, with Barbre and Johnson grading well, but Jason Peters having one of his worst games as a run-blocker we’ve seen from him in a while. Philadelphia running backs gained just 17 yards before contact on 25 carries, with 73 yards coming after contact. Ryan Mathews was hit behind the line of scrimmage on multiple occasions and actually finished with more yards after contact (40) than he did from scrimmage (32).

Top defensive grades:

DE Brandon Graham, 86.5

OLB Nigel Bradham, 82.7

OLB Mychal Kendricks, 79.4

MLB Jordan Hicks, 74.6

CB Ron Brooks, 73.6

Graham is very productive as a pass-rusher

For the Eagles, it was quite a solid team defensive effort, with really only two outlier performances in either direction. On the good side there was edge rusher Brandon Graham, who had a sack and three hurries to go along with two run stops, as he basically had his way with the Bears tackles. On the bad side, however, was rookie cornerback Jalen Mills, who bit on a stutter-go move from Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey so hard that it took an extremely underthrown ball to keep it from not being a touchdown.

Chicago Bears

Quarterback grade: Jay Cutler, 33.0

Cutler performs very poorly before leaving due to injury

Before exiting in the third quarter with an injury, Jay Cutler put together a fairly vintage Cutler performance. He led a few scoring drives early and completed a deep bomb to Alshon Jeffrey, but he also fumbled in Philadelphia territory on a crucial drive right after halftime and then followed that up two drives later with an atrocious interception that led to an Eagles touchdown. When all was said and done, Cutler would only complete two passes targeted 10-plus yards down the field, and he struggled under the frequent pressure (on eight of his 20 dropbacks) of the Philadelphia pass rush.

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Top offensive grades:

G Josh Sitton, 81.2

WR Alshon Jeffery, 77.0

C Cody Whitehair, 75.2

WR Eddie Royal, 74.8

G Kyle Long, 74.7

Ground game stalls due to ineffective running backs

At the end of the first half it didn’t appear that the Bears’ offensive line had been overmatched in the ground game at all. That’s why it was surprising to see that Chicago had accumulated all of 10 rushing yards through 30 minutes. The fact is that Jeremy Langford is not the kind of dynamic rushing threat who can create yards on his own with average blocking. No play sums that up better than the very first play from scrimmage. The Bears ran a stretch play and left guard Josh Sitton executed his reach on Bennie Logan perfectly, creating a crease off his outside shoulder. Instead of hitting that hole like designed, Langford cut it back right into the arms of the unblocked Brandon Graham for no gain. There is little doubt that on only three carries, rookie Jordan Howard looks the much more explosive runner.

Top defensive grades:

CB Tracy Porter, 83.3

OLB Willie Young, 81.5

NT Eddie Goldman, 78.5

S Adrian Amos, 78.3

DE Akiem Hicks, 75.9

Bears’ defense misses 10 tackles, as they fail to slow Eagles’ offense

Tracy Porter was targeted the most out of the Bears’ defenders, allowing six receptions on nine targets. However, he allowed 40 total yards, and zero catches that went for more than nine yards, gave up only one first down and had a pass defensed. Second-year defensive lineman Eddie Goldman had a run stop, a batted pass, and a hurry before leaving the game with an injury. Rookie OLB Leonard Floyd had the second-most pass rushes of the Bears’ defenders, yet did not register a single pressure on the night.

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  • cmbc587

    If he learns how to slide and avoids injury he is going to be one of the best in the league.

    • Johnny U.

      doubt it

      • Pat

        Down in the forth quarter he drove the Cowboys down the field to set up the winning run so he’s doing something right. Wasn’t even at home.

    • Robby Bonfire

      If Dak learns how to read defenses he might hold on to his job.

  • Johnny U.

    how about giving the eagles defense credit… wentz is overated

    dak is better

    • DaStrongSKRAWN

      LOL don’t play yourself like that, man.
      Dak has 0 TDs in 2 weeks.

    • Robby Bonfire

      Dak had better throw ONE TD pass on the season, soon, or you will have MORE egg on your face.

    • Sidewinder

      I like Prescott but is there one player on the Eagles offense, line or skill that you would take over his counterpart on the Cowboys? The answer is no. Wentz has done more with far less.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Jay graded as well as Aaron Rodgers so he will probably be asking for more money now (along with his usual demand for a new offensive coordinator). The Bears season looks like it’s about to become a comic opera. Fortunately, most fans in Chicago have Cubbie fever and are willing to tolerate the gridiron ineptitude.

  • crosseyedlemon

    That photo of Cutler is priceless. The only thing missing is a caption that reads “Wake me up when this nightmare ends”.

  • a57se

    So where are all the experts who said Wentz wasn’t ready for the NFL?

    • crosseyedlemon

      It’s waaay to early to make judgements on any of this years rookies. Some will get off to a fast start while others will struggle in the early going. Coaches are looking for consistency and that only comes as experienced is gained.

      • a57se

        It may be way too early for you, but I see a QB playing like a seasoned vet making all the line calls, audibles, check with me’s, etc. Rookies don’t do that.

        • crosseyedlemon

          They might do that for a couple of games but they will also have stretches where it’s quite apparent they still have much to learn.

    • Vitor

      Well, PFF scouts were the first I remember talking about him as a high profile prospect.

      • a57se

        Really? I recall an article on Wentz by Greg Gabriel in October of 2015 as being my first intro to Carson. He was lambasted for suggesting that Wentz was a 1st round talent and probably better than Goff.

        • Vitor

          I guess there wasn’t a consensus, but I remember the guys praising him in the podcasts before he became recognized by the media. Didn’t read this article tho

          • a57se

            OK, PFF won’t let me post the link but if you want to read it, just google ‘Grag Gabriel on Carson Wentz’, you’ll see it.

    • nWo

      He faced possibly one of the worst defenses in years the first week of the season and the Bears aren’t that much better either. He’s been better than I thought, but it’s a joke to state he’s the best QB through 2 weeks.

  • nWo

    I like this site, and I like a lot of the things they have done, helped push, etc.

    But there is no way in hell Wentz is anywhere close to the best QB through 2 weeks. That right there is a figurative good argument for anyone against PFF’s grading and analytics in general.

    Better than expected, but playing two horrific teams (one having possibly the worst defense in years) and regardless of that, even going by numbers, there is no one outright who would consider Wentz a great QB right now.

    • a57se

      You do not understand what PFF means by that…

    • crosseyedlemon

      The staff must get tired of reminding people such as yourself that players do not get to pick and choose who their opposition will be. You want Wentz to get downgraded for not facing top defenses and that is just silly.

      • nWo

        No but let’s not act like he’s the greatest thing going. I get why they want to though, easy clicks/views by putting up ridiculous statements/headlines.

      • Pete

        Well, actually, players DO get downgraded or upgraded, because, for example Andrew Luck’s first week rating was over 90, his second week rating was around 60, and he’s still the #2 QB of the season with a grading near 90. If they didn’t factor in that he played against the best defense in week 1, i dont see how his overall rating still could be near to his first week performace.

        Btw, I subscribed for PFF’s Player Gradings, but I already regret it. They do not publish weekly grades, but only overall grades, which, in many case, have nothing to do to the players week 1 and week 2 performance. I see players who’s overall grading is higher than BOTH of their week1 and week2 performance, I see players, who’s overall grading is 20 lower, than their week1, and 10 lower than their week2 grading. And its not the extremity, its almost the norm…
        So the whole thing just does not make sense for me. As I said, I regret I subscribed for that stuff. I hope they will either publish weekly rating – which makes sense – or they explain their overall rating better. (But honestly, I dont think I will ever understand how a player’s overall grade can be 10 points higher/lower than both of his week1 and week2 grades.)

  • Silver12345

    “No play sums that up better than the very first play from scrimmage. The Bears ran a stretch play and left guard Josh Sitton executed his reach on Bennie Logan perfectly, creating a crease off his outside shoulder. Instead of hitting that hole like designed, Langford cut it back right into the arms of the unblocked Brandon Graham for no gain.”

    And no statement sums up any better the shoddy analysis that goes on around here sometimes.

    I completely agree with the premise of that section on the Bears running game. But failing to note several other important items just shows how far this type of analysis has to go before it can be taken seriously.

    1. Sitton didn’t execute the block perfectly. He did well, but you can’t watch him get driven back 2 yards and just ignore it. Langford could have gotten to that crease, but it wasn’t where it should have been.

    2. How can you ignore the fact that Paulsen didn’t open the hole at all. That “hole” was about a foot wide. Yes, technically, the DE is “blocked”. But let’s be realistic, if Langford had hit that “hole”, he wasn’t going anywhere. That was at best a yard gain if he managed to fall forward.

    I agree that Howard looks more dynamic. He hits the hole faster and harder than Langford from what I’ve seen. But let’s not pretend that the running game was a one man problem.

  • 81TinaKane

    ahh you do know Wentz long pass is 35 yards right?….heres the flaw in PFF rating logic. Wentz is 26th in yards per game, Yards per attempt is 27th, 23rd in total yards passing, 15th in passer rating and the most telling stat is hes 24th in comp%, when your yards per attempt is 27th, you should be a lot higher then 24th in comp%. Great I get it new shiny toy, the media is hyping this guy for average to below average stats, if the eagles were not 2 and 0, instead 0 and 2 we wouldn’t be hearing as much about this. He is a game manager which is completely fine for a rookie, but lets pump the brakes and see how this plays out for a season