ReFo: Eagles @ Colts, Week 2

Sharing notes from the Eagles' Monday Night comeback over the Colts, Ben Stockwell discusses a selection of the notable performances.

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ReFo: Eagles @ Colts, Week 2

2014-REFO-WK02-PHI@INDJust as the 49ers did 24 hours earlier on Sunday Night Football, the Indianapolis Colts squandered a comfortable lead in the second half in the final primetime game of the week. In the first half the Eagles’ fast paced offense sputtered and flattered to deceive, trailing by double digits at the half before a rapid turnaround late in the third quarter.

And, as was the case in the Bears’ comeback win on Sunday the swift reverse was aided by turnovers from the leading team with Trent Richardson’s second fumble helping the Eagles to wipe out a two-score deficit in less than five minutes before the start of the final stanza.

The Eagles took full and ruthless advantage of the Colts’ mistakes but Indianapolis will feel that they had more than a hand in their own downfall last night.

Philadelphia Eagles – Performances of Note

Darren Sproles, RB: +2.4

Breakdown: The Saints’ loss is the Eagles’ gain and Sproles, at his devastatingly versatile best last night, was simply too hot to handle for the Colts’ defense. A positive grade as a runner, receiver and punt returner mark out a night when he made telling contributions in the Eagles’ comeback

Signature Play: His touchdown run to tie the game at 2:52 in the third highlighted his amazing power and balance shrugging off tacklers outside the 5-yard line, somehow recovering his feet to drive to the end zone for the score.

Trent Cole, OLB: -0.1

Breakdown: A strong night in run defense for Cole but he and the rest of the Eagles’ pass rushers were kept quiet by the Colts last night. Cole registered a solitary hurry on a night when the Eagles as a team notched only eight pressures as a team (4 Ht, 4 Hu) with only Connor Barwin (1 Ht, 2 Hu) and Vinny Curry (1 Ht, 1 Hu) pressured Andrew Luck more than once.

Signature Stat: This was only the sixth time in the last three seasons that Cole has failed to register at least two pressures in a game, only held without a pressure twice in that spell.

DeMeco Ryans: LB, +4.2

Breakdown: A thumping downhill performance for Ryans who tied for the team lead with four defensive stops on the night. Not always at his best when shedding a lot of blocks Ryans had success last night against both tight ends and linemen to be a persistent nuisance for the Colts’ running backs.

Signature Play: At 5:56 in the fourth it was Ryans who finally put a stop to the Colts’ productive counter play from their unbalanced line. Reading the play and getting into the backfield ahead of Jack Doyle, Ryans didn’t finish but did blow the play up for Trent Cole to end it.

Indianapolis Colts – Performances of Note

Trent Richardson, RB: -2.6

Breakdown: This game was Trent Richardson in a nutshell, raw talent and running ability paired with infuriating flaws that are tough to see past. There was good running in this game with five tackles evaded and some productive runs on counter plays to make use of good blocking. However, these were completely overshadowed by a pair of fumbles that will only increase the pressure on him.

Signature Stat: Last night marked the seventh time in his career to date (35 games) that he has forced five or more missed tackles as a runner.

Cory Redding, DE: +3.5

Breakdown: Not many defenders stood out for the right reasons last night but Redding certainly did. This game’s top-graded pass rusher (+3.0) he recorded four pressures (1 Ht, 3 Hu) with another hit after he beat Jason Kelce nullified by a penalty.

Signature Play: All four of his pressures came in the second half, the first of them driving between Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce at 11:11 in the third trying to set up the loop by Ricky Jean-Francois but driving at Nick Foles for a pressure of his own.

Andrew Luck, QB: -2.2

Breakdown: A trio of well packaged plays led to a three touchdown display but this was not Luck at his best. His accuracy throughout the game was scattergun at best and he was spared a dreadful red-zone interception by a drop from Bradley Fletcher.

Signature Stat: Faced a base pass rush on 19 of 37 drop-backs and when the Eagles held off the blitz Luck was only 8-of-17 for 71yds earning a -2.2 passing grade on these throws.

PFF Game Ball

From the first play of the Eagles’ second drive it was clear that the Colts didn’t have an answer for Darren Sproles in any phase of the game and so it proved with telling contribution after telling contribution in the second half.


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Week 2

Pittsburgh at Baltimore Detroit at Carolina
Miami at Buffalo St. Louis at Tampa Bay 
Jacksonville at Washington Seattle at San Diego 
Dallas at Tennessee Houston at Oakland 
Arizona at NY Giants 
NY Jets at Green Bay 
New England at Minnesota 
Kansas City at Denver 
New Orleans at Cleveland Chicago at San Francisco 
Atlanta at Cincinnati Philadelphia at Indianapolis


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Ben joined Pro Football Focus in 2007, and has since been in charge of the company’s analysis process. He also contributes to PFF’s weekly NFL podcast.

  • anon76returns

    I give a -5 grade to the refs for allowing the Eagles CB to tackle Reggie Wayne with the ball in the air on the games’ pivotal interception. So much for points of emphasis.

    • ThatGuy

      First, Reggie Wayne wasn’t the player to go down. It was Hilton.
      Secondly, Hilton wasn’t tackled.
      Third, I’m not so sure it was a penalty. It was within five yards and before the ball was thrown, so the only penalty it could be was holding. And the more I’ve watched it, the less it looks like a penalty. At the least it isn’t as obvious as I thought it was when I saw it live.

      • Fred

        It was a penalty. We can discuss it all day long, but the final outcome is that it was a penalty. Especially when you see some of the ticky-tack stuff that’s being called around the league this season.

    • Radatatin

      It would also help if you knew what happened. The ball was not in the air when the contact happened, it was within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, and it was TY Hilton. But, your salty tears so delicious.

    • Deez

      Well why don’t you cry about it?

    • AdventureMan

      Perhaps that should have been a penalty, but there is no doubt Luck should NOT have thrown that ball. If he wanted to pass in that situation, then choose something safer–put the ball where either his receiver can catch it or it falls incomplete. It was an unnecessary gamble, given the circumstances, in my opinion.

      • anon76returns

        I’m not saying anything about Luck- he certainly didn’t look as sharp as he has in other Prime Time games, and the stats back that impression up. But no question that was a penalty, and an automatic first down if it is called.

    • Kirk Vollmer

      Not to mention the phantom horse-collar call.

  • Jay

    You can really see the media laying it on thick about Luck. John Gruden was raving about his wide open touchdown passes when he had a poor game (I counted 2 for 8 under pressure) I realize that the NFL media is making Luck untouchable which is why your system is so important. It effectively seperates the media’s exaggerations from the truth.

  • Fred

    How much of Richardson’s grade is attributed to the fumbles? He ran strong up the middle, virtually all game. I only counted three carries where he missed the hole, out of 21. His most productive running was up LG, avg 6.7 YPC on 6 carries, yet his grade is a -1.1. I don’t understand how we reach this grade.

    • AdventureMan

      It must be the two fumbles, and I would tend to agree. Two fumbles negate his productivity.

    • Brandon

      that and he averaged less than 3 yards a carry. He’s terrible.

      • Brandon

        less than 4*

      • Fred

        Umm, he averaged 6.7 YPC up LG, which is what I was asking about. So, yeah…