By Harvey Hoffman
An overtime victory over the awful Giants doesn’t mean the Eagles have stopped their bleeding.
But a win is a win in the NFL.
And the Eagles have one of the top offensive lines and defensive lines in the entire league. They rank first in offensive line grade as a unit (86.0) by a clear margin, and their defensive front ranks fourth in team grade (82.0) behind just the Steelers, 49ers and Rams.
Despite having top-five offensive and defensive lines, the Eagles haven’t lived up to lofty expectations this season due to injury and poor play from their receivers and coverage men on the back end. As a team, their wide receivers rank dead last in overall grade (59.7), and their cornerbacks rank 28th with a collective overall grade of 54.0.
Perhaps evident only to those paying close attention, Terry McLaurin is having quite the breakout rookie season. McLaurin ranks top-12 in PFF grade and yardage market share (29%). However, it just hasn’t amounted to much for fantasy on Washington’s league-worst passing attack. (Washington has now failed to eclipse 175 passing yards in each of their last 10 games.) Given Washington’s poor quarterback play, McLaurin is a risky start this week, but he does draw a top matchup — for the third consecutive season, Philadelphia is giving up the most fantasy points per game to outside wide receivers.