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NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: New England Patriots 17, Philadelphia Eagles 10

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots narrowly beat the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, 17-10, to improve to 9-1 on the year.

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Final Score

New England Patriots 17, Philadelphia Eagles 10

New England Patriots

The wind may have had an effect on the game, as Tom Brady did not have a great amount of success throwing the ball and missed some short throws you rarely see off-target from him. He also had a couple of miscommunications with receivers, as well.

The only sack surrendered by the Patriots was an unblocked blitzing linebacker who came on a stunt. The line did, however, surrender several hits and hurries. The line also did not create much push in the running game.

The Patriots' combination of coverage and pass-rush helped them remain atop the AFC. Stephon Gilmore broke up an out route intended for Jordan Matthews to stop the Eagles' first drive. Terrence Brooks ended an Eagles’ fourth-quarter drive with a diving pass break-up.

Elandon Roberts got a second-quarter sack of a stunt after he threw Miles Sanders backwards. Danny Shelton knocked the ball out of the hands of a scrambling Carson Wentz for a strip-sack in the second quarter. Adam Butler got a clean-up sack of Wentz as he left the pocket. Kyle Van Noy also had a clean-up sack after Wentz chased an errant snap down. Dont'a Hightower sacked Wentz in the third quarter after beating Halapoulivaati Vaitai outside.

Philadelphia Eagles

Nathan Gerry had the only sack for the Eagles' defense. He made several stops in run defense as well as in coverage. He did, however, miss a tackle on Rex Burkhead on a screen play that went for a big gain.

Avonte Maddox was targeted often and gave up a bunch of first downs in coverage. He also was flagged for a pass interference call. He did break up a pass that he may have intercepted if it weren't for Julian Edelman playing “defense” on the pass.

Carson Wentz was frequently off-target throughout the game. Some of his notable misses were on a deep pass to Mack Hollins and an overthrow of Nelson Agholor on a crossing route in the end zone.

Dallas Goedert made some big plays for the Eagles’ offense. He caught a screen and turned it into a chunk play and then caught a contested five-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He did have a couple of drops to go along with his big plays.

Cris Collinsworth

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