Inside the Numbers: Brandon Brooks Continues Breakout Season
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Brandon Brooks was a good player in Houston who is turning into a great one in Philadelphia now that he's nestled between Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson on the Eagles' offensive line.
The right side of Philadelphia's O-Line has proven to be the best in football during the team's 10-1 start and that narrative certainly continued in a 31-3 drubbing over Chicago Sunday.
The Eagles were essentially a right-handed team against the Bears as both Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Stefen Wisniewski didn't have their best games. Philadelphia allowed six quarterback pressures in the contest, according to ProfootballFocus.com, with five of them coming from the left tackle and left guard.
Vaitai allowed one QB hit and two hurries while also being called for two holding penalties, amassing a poor game grade of 46.2 from PFF. Wisniewski also allowed one QB hit and one hurry and had an even poorer game grade of 44.0.
From center Jason Kelce (84.2) over to the right things were rock solid, however. Brooks, the right guard, had a team-high game grade of 89.1 and right tackle Lane Johnson earned an 85.4.
Overall, Brooks has allowed a sack this season after allowing only one in his debut season with the Eagles in 2016. The big man has also not allowed either a QB hit or sack since Week 1 in Kansas City.
Over his past four games, Brooks has allowed just one QB hurry in 149 pass block snaps and he and Carolina's Andrew Norwell are the only two guards in the NFL with 400-plus pass block snaps and no sacks allowed in 2017.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen