EAGLES GET MIDDLING MARKS FOR EFFORT IN FALCONS LOSS

Darren Sproles graded very well!

By Barbara Harrison

Okay, the dust is settling on the Eagles’ 26-24 Monday night loss to the Falcons.

At his presser, coach Chip Kelly addressed the lack of pass rush and the ridiculous number of penalties that cost the Birds the game.

So, now it is on the Sunday’s home opener against the Cowboys at the Linc.

But here is how Pro Football Focus graded the Birds’ effort against Atlanta:

It seemed unlikely that QB Sam Bradford (-1.4) would score a positive grade after a poor first half, and so it proved. He completed just four passes over 10 yards in the air all night, as the Eagles took advantage of their up-tempo style, coupled with the Falcons’ confusion, to pick up big yards after the catch (204 out of 336).

Where was the pass rush? The defense managed a sack, two hits and three hurries all night (as well as a sack on a play called back) with only DE Fletcher Cox (+1.8) making his presence felt.

Given the struggles of the Atlanta line in preseason, it’s disappointing that OLB Connor Barwin (-2.5) and OLB Brandon Graham (-0.8) turned a combined 54 pass rushes into just one disruption.

ILB Kiko Alonso (-3.6) did produce a highlight-reel play, but that didn’t overshadow his rough return to action. He had some trouble meeting Falcons FB Patrick DiMarco (+1.4) in the hole, and was far from on point with his tackling. It may take awhile for him to get back to his best, though the 49 snaps suggest he’ll be a big part of the Eagles plans this year (RILB DeMeco Ryans, -2.0, managed 28).

Top Performers:

NT Bennie Logan (+3.1)
SS Malcolm Jenkins (+2.9)
RT Lane Johnson (+2.8)
HB Darren Sproles (+2.2)
ILB Mychal Kendricks (+2.1)

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