Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Commanders
The Eagles had another dominating performance on both sides of the ball to beat the Commanders 24-8. The defense did not allow a point until the final minute of the game while the offense scored all 24 of its points in the second quarter. The Eagles also racked up nine sacks on Carson Wentz.
Wentz frequently held the ball longer than he should have and that led to the nine sacks by the Eagles. It kept the Commanders from getting any momentum on offense and also gave the Eagles offense some good field position.
Jalen Hurts once again had a great game. He did not turn it over and passed for more than 300 yards. DeVonta Smith had more than 150 receiving yards by halftime and added to that total in the second half.
The red pen once again gets very little use as the Eagles have another strong report card to show after this one. Here is the latest edition of Grayson's Grades:
Jalen Hurts - Hurts had another solid game. His decision making continues to be solid. The most telling stat remains no turnovers. The only one he has all season was not his fault as it was a pass that went off Kenneth Gainwell's hands last week and turned into an interception. Hurts got off to a slow start, but quickly turned it around and caught fire in the second quarter when the Eagles scored all 24 of their points. He was completing all types of passes from short and intermediate to deep balls as well. Hurts did not need to use his legs much as he had a clean pocket to throw out of for most of the game. Hurts completed 22 of 35 passes for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns.
DeVonta Smith - Remember in week one when Smith failed to register a catch? He was targeted by Hurts early and often in this one. Smith made some great catches in this game down the field. He hauled in a pass along the sideline that the Commanders were too late to challenge. Smith also made a great catch getting the Eagles down to the one yard line as he elevated and held onto the ball after getting hit in the air. Smith was targeted 12 times and caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
AJ Brown - Brown scored his first touchdown as an Eagle in this game. He also made some solid catches in all parts of the field. Brown was overshadowed by Smith's performance but had a solid game anyway. He caught five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas Goedert - Goedert continues to do a great job of racking up yards after the catch. That was clear on the screen pass he caught and sidestepped would-be tacklers en route to a 23 yard touchdown. Goedert pulled in three passes for 26 yards and that touchdown.
Offensive Line - The offensive line did a great job of giving Jalen Hurts a clean pocket to throw out of for most of the game. Protection was solid and they also did a good job of cutting down dramatically on penalties that had been adding up quickly in the previous two weeks. The Eagles racked up 400 yards of total offense. The offensive line obviously played a very big part in that success.
Shane Steichen - Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen once again called a balanced attack. The Eagles ran 35 pass plays compared to 30 run plays. Steichen started to diagnose how the Commanders were attacking his offense and made the adjustments needed to start moving the ball down the field. He got Hurts into a rhythm. I like the way he picks his timing to go with tempo and a no-huddle offense. It keeps the defense from substituting and allows the Eagles to take advantage of matchups in their favor. I am not overly concerned with the lack of second half production. These games have featured the opponent not scoring and cutting into the deficit so I see Sirianni and Steichen putting more of a priority on shortening the game and keeping the clock moving in the second half.
Nick Sirianni - Sirianni has found a way to have his team ready to play. They are doing well in the first half which shows they are prepared and ready to take the lead early in the game. This team seems to be working well together and on the same page. That is a credit to the coaching staff. I also give Sirianni and his staff credit for doing a great job of limiting penalties. They had given up way too many penalties through the first two weeks. In this game the Eagles were flagged five times for 52 yards.
Jonathan Gannon - Gannon drew up a great game plan and simply preyed on what the Eagles already knew from having Wentz here in Philadelphia. He will hold onto the ball too long and that can lead to sacks and even turnovers. He did not need to blitz very often knowing his front four should get to Wentz enough on their own. Sure enough they did. The Eagles racked up nine sacks in this one. The even came up with a fumble recovery as well. When they didn't get there in time for a sack, they did manage to get hits on Wentz tallying 17 quarterback hits. Gannon's defense has now given up seven points or less in two straight games. Two of the eight points in this game were on a safety given up by the offense.
TJ Edwards - Edwards was flying all over the field and making plays. He led the team with ten tackles and had one of the team's nine sacks. Edwards popped up all over the stat sheet. He also added two quarterback hits and two tackles for a loss. His closing speed was great to see and he was finishing the play by making the tackles. Some of the rust and poor tackles we saw on this defense certainly faded in this game.
Brandon Graham - Graham had himself quite a day. He reintroduced himself to Carson Wentz early and often in this one. Graham was third on the team with six tackles. He racked up two and a half sacks. He also added two tackles for a loss and one pass successfully defended. The big stat behind the sacks was five quarterback hits for Graham. He was frequently in Wentz' face.
Haason Reddick - Earlier in the week Nick Sirianni said he could see that Haason Reddick was close to having a breakout game. He had that on Sunday. Reddick recorded his first sack with the Eagles. He finished with one and a half sacks in the game. Reddick was causing havoc in the Commanders backfield and added a pair of quarterback hits in this one.
Fletcher Cox - Cox was one of the first Eagles to get on the board with a sack in this game. He finished with one and a half sacks. Cox was blowing up the middle of the Commanders offensive line. He finished with three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pair of quarterback hits.
Josh Sweat - Sweat showed a good burst off the edge at times in this game. He made life difficult for the Commanders tackles. Sweat recorded three tackles, one and a half sacks, a tackle for a loss and three quarterback hits.
Kyzir White - White was flying all over the field in this game like several of his teammates. He finished second on the team in tackles with nine of them. He did a great job helping to limit some of the run plays the Commanders attempted. He and Edwards combined to record 19 of the Eagles 67 tackles.
Miles Sanders - Sanders did enough to help keep the Commanders respecting the rushing attack. He moved the chains a few times on the ground and helped to keep the clock running which became a big key in the second half. Sanders failed to break a big run. His largest gain was 13 yards. He averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Sanders finished with 15 carries for 46 yards.