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Washington Redskins – Performances of Note

Kirk Cousins, QB: +4.5

Breakdown: It truly is a shame that Cousins fizzled out in the fourth quarter, because for three quarters I thought he could be headed to the PFF Page of Fame. He just kept hitting ridiculous deep ball after ridiculous deep ball, ending the day 4-6 for 184 yards on targets 20+ yards downfield. Cousins also had 50 yards through the air lost from five dropped passes on the day. It was truly a special performance from the third-year quarterback who looks every bit a starter in this league.

Signature Play: At Q2-5:44, Cousins hit Pierre Garcon up the left sideline against cover two with a throwing window about the diameter of a beach ball.


Jason Hatcher, DE: +5.1

Breakdown: Even though the Redskins didn’t notch an official sack on the day, the defensive line absolutely dominated the Philadelphia offensive line. Hatcher was responsible for five of the Redskins 25 pressures on the day. What set Hatcher apart though was the speed of his pressures. On almost all of them it took just one move for Hatcher to gain separation on the offensive lineman.

Signature Stat: On third down with 13:43 left in the third quarter, Hatcher went straight through right guard Todd Herremans chest for a sack that was negated due to offsetting holding penalties.


Niles Paul, TE: -3.0

Breakdown: The counting stats(six catches for 68 yards) may not look all that much worse than previous weeks for Paul, but the quality of play was at a markedly different level. Paul made a nice 37 yard catch up the sideline midway through the first against Bradley Fletcher, but he also dropped a would-be first down late in the second quarter. Where the real difference in his play stemmed from though was his run blocking. Paul was ragdolled repeatedly by Trent Cole and Connor Barwin setting the edge. Blocking either of those two is not an easy task, but Paul plainly could not do it alone and required double team help frequently.

Signature Play: Immediately after the Eagles go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, Paul gives up on a tightly covered seam route not expecting the pass to come his way. The ball sails over his head for an interception.



Philadelphia Eagles – Performances of Note

LeSean McCoy, RB: -4.9

Breakdown: How did they let him back into the game? Watching all of LeSean McCoy’s snaps on Sunday, it is almost impossible to not ask that question. Every decision came in slow motion compared to the lightning quick bounce we’ve come to expect from McCoy. He was visibly spooked on runs between the tackles, never getting up to full speed and changing holes at the slightest hint of a collapsing point of attack. There were just odd mistakes throughout the game, like running out of bounds and not knowing (Q2-7:20) or fumbling off his own knee (Q3-14:03), that make me think McCoy wasn’t all there Sunday.

Signature Stat: McCoy failed to break a tackle and averaged just .5 yards after contact per attempt.


Malcolm Jenkins, S: +2.5

Breakdown: Boy did the Eagles need this game from Malcolm Jenkins. With a team -6.4 coverage grade and 427 yards allowed, there was a lot of sloppy play coming from the Eagles’ secondary. Jenkins, on the other hand, was steady throughout. He was targeted in primary coverage just once on the day, yielding no catches. His real value though came in secondary coverage. Jenkins lined up as a deep safety on 59% of plays and his interception from that middle of the field safety position was the highlight of the game for the Eagles defense.

Signature Play: With 7:34 left in the fourth quarter, Jenkins recognized early that the pass was sailing over Niles Paul’s head on a seam route and broke straight to ball for a diving interception.


Andrew Gardner, OT: -6.4

Breakdown: The Eagles had held up well enough with their backup tackle through two weeks against the likes of Erik Walden, Red Bryant, and Andre Branch. None of those guys quite have the juice of Ryan Kerrigan (+2.7), though, and Gardner found that out on Sunday. The right tackle just wasn’t equipped to handle Kerrigan’s bull rush and was in Foles’ lap play after play. Gardner allowed six pressures between his 56 snaps at right tackle and 18 snaps at left.

Signature Stat: Gardner’s 88.1 Pass Blocking Efficiency was the second worst among tackles in week 3.



PFF Game Ball

Even though he couldn’t come away with a win, Kirk Cousins did all he could, leading the Redskins to 34 points and over 500 yards of offense.







All-Star Team of the Week: Week 3



Quarterback: Andrew Luck, IND (+5.0)

He only wound up playing a little more than three quarters, but his performance on the road in Jacksonville was still good enough to see off our next-highest-graded quarterback.

Honorable Mention: Kirk Cousins, WAS


Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, ATL (+4.0) and Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (+3.0)

Big games on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, saw Jones and Sanders post the second- and third-highest receiving totals amongst wide receivers in Week 3. Both had receptions of 40 yards or longer, though Jones also added two touchdowns.

Honorable Mentions: Pierre Garcon, WAS and Jeremy Maclin, PHI


Tackles: Trent Williams, WAS (+5.7) and Joe Barskdale, STL (+4.4)

A big performance against the Eagles, where he allowed just the one quarterback hurry and did some nice work as a run blocker, sees Trent Williams make the team at left tackle. On the right, it’s the familiar face of Joe Barksdale, who looked very good for the second week in a row.


Guards: Justin Blalock, ATL (+3.4) and Marshal Yanda, BLT (+2.6)

Flipping sides from last week when we saw more right guards stand out, it was all about the guys on the left this week, with Blalock seeing off two other left guards to be our highest-graded of the week. On the right, Yanda was the only right guard in the Top 5.

Honorable Mentions: Kelechi Osemele, BLT and Chris Chester, WAS


Defensive Interior – Ends: Kyle Williams, BUF (+7.8) and Jason Hatcher, WAS (+5.1)

When he plays as good as this there are very few defensive linemen in the league who can match Kyle Williams. Five total pressures, stout against the run, a nightmare for interior offensive linemen everywhere. Joining him this week is new Washington defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, who continued his strong start to the season as a pass rusher with five total pressures.



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Glad to see Niles getting his due flogging.


I don't remember what happened (as in -- if we scored a TD or we ended up missing the FG) but Niles ran the wrong route and I could tell from my couch in North Carolina.  It was the play where Kirk back-peddled and threw it away by Darrell Young.  The coverage called for Niles to run to the flat of the endzone and he broke inside.


I remember watching Kirk take the snap and look right at that safety and then when Niles got to the top of his route Kirk got ready and then Niles broke inside and that's when Kirk started to roll back.


I was pissed.  Those are the little things that a former WR should have no problem with.  I understand the blocking because he is a small tightend, but the route running and the coverage ID should be easy.


Don't know if it hurt us and we ended up scoring anyway or not, but I promise Grudes gets in that ass for it.

EDIT:  Just checked... and yep... that one cost us big.


-------------------------------------Drive Chart---------------------------------------------


1-10-WAS45 (11:44) K.Cousins pass deep left to P.Garcon to PHI 12 for 43 yards (N.Allen).


1-10-PHI12 (10:59) A.Morris left end to PHI 9 for 3 yards (C.Williams).


2-7-PHI9 (10:23) K.Cousins pass incomplete short left to D.Young.


3-7-PHI9 (10:15) (Shotgun) PENALTY on WAS-K.Cousins, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at PHI 9 - No Play.


3-12-PHI14 (10:15) (Shotgun) K.Cousins pass incomplete short right to D.Jackson.


4-12-PHI14 (10:11) K.Forbath 33 yard field goal is No Good, Hit Right Upright, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.

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