Ranking the Eagles in Week 6 by position after eliminating the Cowboys

Ranking the Eagles in Week 6 by position after eliminating the Cowboys

The Eagles are 6-0 heading into their bye week after beating the Cowboys 26-17 on Sunday Night Football.

After taking a 20-0 lead, the Eagles fought off a furious comeback to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.

Strategist

Jalen Hurts: 15/25, 155 yards, 2 TDs; 9 rushing attempts, 27 yards

No, you’re not going to be blown away with 155 passing yards, but Hurts was very solid in this game after what was kind of a shaky start. He finished with a passer rating of 104.6 and threw a pair of touchdown passes. He didn’t have a major game on the pitch but did his part to lead the Eagles to a win.

Grade: B+

Come back

Miles Sanders: 18 attempts, 71 yards, 1 TD

Again, the numbers are not going to impress you. But Sanders had 71 yards, Kenny Gainwell had 25 and Boston Scott had 16. All three Eagles running backs did their job when called, especially on that 7:37 drive in the fourth quarter.

Grade: B+

Recipient

AJ Brown: 5 catches on 8 targets, 67 yards, 1 TD

Along with Brown’s 67 yards and a touchdown, DeVonta Smith added 5 catches for 44 yards and his own touchdown to cap off that long fourth-quarter drive.

Grade: B+

tight end

Dallas Goedert: 2 catches on 5 targets, 22 yards

Goedert didn’t really get into this game, putting in his worst statistical performance of the season. But at least Jack Stoll had a 21-yard catch, by far the longest of his career.

Rating: C

offensive line

With Lane Johnson out, Jack Driscoll had a tough job blocking Micah Parsons. But ultimately, the Eagles offensive line was able to lead this final drive and protect Hurts well enough to earn this victory. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but that drive in the fourth took them past B status.

Rating: A-

defensive line

Haason Reddick: 1 tackle, 2 QB shots

This play was the perfect example of why sacks don’t tell the whole pass rush story. The Eagles didn’t take down Cooper Rush once in that game, but their pressure on him definitely affected the game and helped the Eagles force three interceptions. Reddick had 2 QB hits and Brandon Graham had a huge one on CJ Gardner-Johnson’s first interception.

Grade: B+

linebacker

TJ Edwards: 14 tackles 1 PBU

Edwards led the Eagles with 14 tackles and an early pass breakup in coverage. Kyzir White also put in a strong performance with 8 tackles and a pass breakup. White is known for his covering ability and speed, but he brought a physical presence on Sunday night. It might have been White’s best game in an Eagles uniform.

Category B

Secondary

CJ Gardner-Johnson: 4 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PBU

This secondary is dangerous. Everyone played in that game. Of course, Gardner-Johnson was the star with two interceptions and coming back from a hand injury for the second. But James Bradberry was terrific in his coverage, as was Darius Slay, who also picked up another interception. Rush hadn’t thrown an interception all season and the Eagles took it three times.

Rating: A+

Special teams

Jake Elliott: 2/2 on FG, 2/2 on PAT

I’m starting to worry about the special teams. It seems there is a major mistake every week and it will end up costing them dearly. Give credit to Elliott, who had 51 yards on his return. But coverage units gave up punts and kicks too much. That 63-yard kick return just can’t happen.

Rating: C-

framing

Record: 6-0

You can always nitpick about coaching, but the best indicator of their success is the fact that they keep finding ways to win those matches even when it’s not pretty. And in terms of situational ball on Sunday, Nick Sirianni definitely edged out Mike McCarthy.

Grade: B+

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