Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Dolphins
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles took the first lead of the game and never trailed against the Miami Dolphins en route to a 31-17 victory. It was a game that featured a pair of 5-1 teams.
Ultimately it was the Eagles defense that made a big statement in this one. They allowed just ten points by the Dolphins high-powered offense because seven of them came off a pick-six thrown by Jalen Hurts. In fact, the defense really only allowed seven points because the other three followed a Hurts fumble that gave the Dolphins excellent field position.
The offense showed some bright spots, but again turned it over too many times. There are also questions about Jalen Hurts' health after he was spotted wearing a knee brace in the second half.
The Eagles improve to 6-1 and visit the Washington Commanders next week. Here is the latest edition of Grayson's Grades:
Haason Reddick - Reddick continues to remain hot. He was frequently in the Dolphins' backfield blowing up several plays. Reddick was quick to attack the ball-carrier as well twice tackling an opponent for a loss. Reddick definitely looks to be getting healthier and returning to the same type of impact player he was a year ago. Reddick was tied for second on the team with four tackles. He added two tackles for a loss.
Josh Sweat - Sweat also appears to be returning more and more to the dominating force he was off the edge a year ago. His speed off the line is a major asset and he was a factor in this game. Sweat led the team with a pair of sacks. Sweat added a pair of tackles along with two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits.
Sean DeSai - DeSai deserves a ton of credit. He took what has been a high-powered offense and held them to really seven points. The Dolphins scored seven on a pick six thrown by Jalen Hurts and another three points after Hurts fumbled it giving the Dolphins the ball already in Field Goal range. Despite a banged up secondary, DeSai's plan also managed to keep Tyreek Hill somewhat in check. They did a good job too of containing the run. The biggest key to victory was the fact that the defense did not allow any second half points. That was impressive.
AJ Brown - Brown continues to dominate opposing defenses. He is making some miraculous catches and once again tacked on some solid yards after the catch. He has tied an NFL record with his fifth straight game with 125 or more receiving yards. Brown pulled in ten receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Dallas Goedert - Goedert had another solid game. He takes advantage of his targets and typically turns them into very productive plays. Goedert is such a force on the tight end screens and on intermediate routes over the middle of the field. He caught the Eagles first touchdown of the game. Goedert caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
D'Andre Swift - Swift needs more touches. I like the way he runs the ball and remains patient when he hits the holes. He also continues to be a factor as a receiver out of the backfield. Swift averaged more than four yards per carry. He had 15 carries for 62 yards. Swift also added three receptions for 13 yards.
Nick Sirianni - Sirianni did a great job of having his team ready to play. They bounced back well after last week's poor and flat performance in a loss to the Jets. The Eagles played a very disciplined game with no penalties. I loved Sirianni's aggressive decisions including going for it on 4th and short twice on their end of the field with the Brotherly Shove. They were 4-for-4 on fourth down in the game. Sirianni had his players energized and feeding off the crowd.
Darius Slay - Slay did not appear to be 100 percent healthy after missing last week's game. That being said, he did a pretty good job of trying to keep the Miami receivers from breaking off big plays as they had done all year long. Slay also came up with a huge interception as the Dolphins were driving and looking to tie the game at 24. Slay finished tied for second on the team with four tackles. He added one tackle for a loss, two passes successfully defended and one interception.
James Bradberry - Bradberry also did a good job of trying to keep Miami receivers from getting behind him with their amazing speed. He was part of a play in zone coverage where he let Tyreek Hill get past him and expected help that was late arriving. The end result was a Hill touchdown reception. Bradberry had three tackles in this game.
Brian Johnson - Johnson continues to make some calls that make me question the purpose of that particular play. I like the way he opens games. He seems to have a solid opening script that typically yields points on the opening drive. It features some good run plays to help establish the line of scrimmage and move the chains. However, as the game moves into the second quarter, Johnson appears to veer away from the productive run game to a more aerial attack. It seems as if he is enamored with all the weapons they have in the passing game and that is understandable. However, you cannot get away from D'Andre Swift's four or more yards per carry. I also enjoy watching this offensive line dominate an opposing defensive line on those run plays. He has to fix the turnover issues that have become a big problem.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts has got to fix his turnover issues. In my opinion, his mental clock appears to be broken. He is holding the ball too long and did that when he fumbled. Hurts is doing a great job of extending plays and somehow finding receivers open downfield. His explosiveness out of the pocket did not look right, which led me to not be surprised hearing that Hurts needed to wear a knee brace in the second half. It would have been a great game for Hurts without the two interceptions. He really has to fix and clean up the turnover issue l He completed 23 of 31 passes for 279 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Hurts also ran it 11 times for 21 yards and a touchdown. He also fumbled it once.