Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Steelers
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles remained undefeated dominating the Steelers 35-13. They came out of the bye week and played a more complete game scoring points in every quarter.
The Eagles once again won the turnover battle forcing a Kenny Pickett fumble as well as a Pickett interception while having zero turnovers themselves.
The theme of this game was the big play. All four of Jalen Hurts' touchdown passes were 25 yards or more. The offense looked good. The defense looked good. Even the special teams managed to down a punt at the one-yard line.
The Eagles are now 7-0 for the first time since 2004. They have a short week and will visit the Texans Thursday night.
We have another solid report card. Here is the latest edition of Grayson's Grades:
Jalen Hurts - Hurts became the first Eagles quarterback to ever win ten straight regular season starts. He did it with some pinpoint accuracy downfield and looked good in the process. Once again Hurts did not turn it over at all. He threw four touchdowns that each were from more than 25 yards away. Hurts completed 19 of 28 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns. He added two carries for ten yards.
A.J. Brown - Brown put on quite a show in this one. He caught three touchdown passes in the first half alone. Brown was a favorite downfield target for Hurts. He could have had an even bigger day if not for a few drops. Those drops easier to swallow when you see him catch the passes he did for such chunk yardage plays. Brown caught six passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
Dallas Goedert - Goedert continues to do a lot of his damage once opponents focus on the downfield passing attack featuring A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Goedert had a great fingertip catch to convert a third-down in the second half. He caught six passes for 64 yards.
Zach Pascal - Pascal tends to be a forgotten receiver in this offense. And just when a defense forgets about him, he comes up with a big play. That was definitely the case in this game. Pascal caught a 34-yard touchdown to cap off the opening drive of the third quarter. He had two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in this game.
Miles Sanders - Sanders did a good job of taking what he could get when he got the carries. The passing game was so effective in this one that Sanders did not get a ton of carries. The biggest takeaway for me was averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Those are some effective runs that gash a defense. Sanders finished with nine carries for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Darius Slay - Slay is difficult to catch passes against. He is having another great year. Slay had one pass successfully defended. He also added a pair of tackles. Opponents are not throwing his direction very often.
James Bradberry - Bradberry is equally as difficult to complete passes against as Slay. He was thrown at more frequently than Slay in this game but was up to the task. He had one pass successfully defended. Bradberry also tacked on three tackles.
Javon Hargrave - Hargrave had a great game against his former team. He racked up a pair of sacks in this one. He also added a tackle for a loss. One of Hargrave's sacks included a forced fumble that was recovered by the Eagles. He was a menace to the Steelers in this win and finished with eight tackles.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson - Gardner-Johnson picked off a pass in his third straight game. He seems to always be around the ball and takes advantage of the opportunity to force a turnover. This particular interception was off a tipped pass and he displayed great concentration to haul it in. Gardner-Johnson had eight tackles including a sack, a tackle for a loss, a pass successfully defended and a quarterback hit.
Jonathan Gannon - Gannon drew up a great game plan against a rookie quarterback in Kenny Pickett. He brought pressure and got players into the backfield to help force Pickett to get rid of the ball earlier than he wanted. Once again his defense forced turnovers. They also held the opponent to just 13 points.
Nick Sirianni - Sirianni did a great job of having his team come out of the bye ready to play. He said his coaches would spend some of the bye week self-scouting and it showed. They had failed to play a complete game this season. But they scored in every quarter in this game and appeared to do a much better job of playing three good quarters. Backups had the chance to get in for most of the fourth quarter to help the starters get some rest ahead of a short week. They play Thursday night in Houston.
Shane Steichen - Steichen was not afraid to take what the Steelers gave him and that was a lot of downfield opportunities for his offense. He showed great trust in his quarterback and was rewarded with four long touchdown plays. The Eagles scored points in every quarter, which was a big improvement. Now they need to build off that against another inferior opponent Thursday night in Houston.