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NFL Week 4 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 34, Green Bay Packers 27

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 27, 2019
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The Philadelphia Eagles held on to claim a Week 4 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

PFF’s ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game’s most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Philadelphia Eagles 34, Green Bay Packers 27

Philadelphia Eagles

Another Eagles game, another dominant performance from the Eagles’ talented tight end duo, who were a nuisance for the Packers’ defense all game long.  Zach Ertz saw the bulk of the action in this one, catching 7-of-8 targets for 65 yards and five first downs, but Dallas Goedert played a vital complementary role in this one, finishing with two catches — and two first downs — from as many targets for 16 total receiving yards, 17 of which came after the catch.

It wasn’t a perfect performance, but veteran tackle Jason Peters bounced back from a disappointing Week 3 game. Tasked with defending a pass-rush that had been lights out up until this point, Peters held his own in pass protection and allowed only a couple of pressures.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham seemed to be around the ball all night, and he made an impact in every facet of the game. He was the first player to contact the Packers’ running back on multiple occasions, he recorded a handful of pressures as a blitzer, he managed a pass breakup working against Davante Adams midway through the third quarter, and he came down with the game-sealing red-zone interception — a fitting end to a great all-around performance.

The Eagles’ pass-rush was formidable in this game, recording pressure on what seemed like half of Aaron Rodgers’ dropbacks. As you’d expect, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham were at the forefront, feasting on a Green Bay line that struggled to block them from the get-go. There’s a strong chance that Graham comes away with a double-digit pressure total, and Cox won’t be far behind.

Rookie takeaway

It was a good all-around showing for the Eagles’ rushing attack, and rookie Miles Sanders deserves a lot of the credit. He forced a handful of missed tackles and churned out extra yardage through contact on the night.

Green Bay Packers

For large parts of this game, this offense looked exactly as it did last year: get the ball to Davante Adams at all costs and hope the other guys get open if Adams is taken away. The Packers’ No. 1 option saw 15 targets on the night, recording 10 catches, 180 receiving yards, 98 yards after the catch and seven first downs. As good as he was though, Rodgers’ lack of faith in the other wideouts on this roster is evident; he forced a couple of passes to Adams in this one, one of which should have been picked off.

It was far from a great game for offensive guard Billy Turner, who only recently was named as the “league’s best pass-blocking guard” by ESPN. However, he entered the contest ranked 68th among guards in PFF pass-blocking grade, and it showed. He was dominated by Fletcher Cox & Co. all night long, giving up multiple pressures in the process. He entered the week with a 40.9 pass-blocking grade, and it’s likely going to get worse after this week.

Third-year cornerback Kevin King held his own against a depleted Eagles receiving corps. He allowed just two receptions from six targets and forced a handful of incompletions in the process.

Blake Martinez followed up an impressive game against the Broncos in Week 3 with another strong outing in Week 4. He made several defensive stops against the run and always seemed to be around the ball.

Jaire Alexander also had another promising game. He allowed just two receptions from six targets, and he was seemingly in close coverage all game despite covering mismatch weapons like Ertz and Goedert.

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