Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
Overall, the Eagles were too volatile to win this game. Sloppy mistakes from Philly's defense killed them in the running game during the second half. Furthermore, Philadelphia's offense surrendered three total giveaways that ultimately prevented them from sustaining any momentum. Many people will blame Carson Wentz, but injuries from OTs Jason Peters and Lane Johnson caused him to face pressure from the Browns' front seven.
However, nobody bears more responsibility for this loss than Doug Pederson. His inability to get Carson Wentz on any bootleg plays was mindboggling since that is exactly what he said he would do heading into this game. Furthermore, his premature decision to abandon the running game made the Eagles too pass-happy down the stretch. If the Eagles have any chance of beating Seattle, Pederson will need to install a more creative game plan and emphasize his players' execution.
Alex Singleton (49)
Singleton had 8 total tackles, six run-stops, and played well in coverage.
Alshon Jeffery (17)
Jeffery played in limited snaps but had a drop and failed to haul in a catchable pass that was intercepted.
Avonte Maddox (29)
Maddox got torched for 43 yards by Rashard Higgins and struggled to cover KhaDarel Hodge and Jarvis Landry.
Boston Scott (35)
Boston Scott exhibited decent rushing and receiving production for a backup RB.
Brandon Graham (55)
Graham had an 84.2 PFF grade against the run.
Cameron Johnston (1)
Johnston forced three punts inside the 20 and had a decent yard per attempt on his punts (41.5).
Carson Wentz (11)
Carson Wentz made numerous bad decisions and struggled to locate open guys. For the past few games, Wentz has struggled to go through his progressions in Pederson's West Coast offense. However, Wentz showed toughness, especially as a rusher, and made some nice plays despite bad play calling.
Dallas Goedert (88)
Goedert was a solid run blocker and reliable receiving option for Wentz.
Derek Barnett (96)
Barnett had no pressures but had three run-stops.
Duke Riley (50)
Duke Riley failed to make an impact in the run game.
Fletcher Cox (91)
Cox generated three pressures against Cleveland but struggled to defend the run.
Isaac Seumalo (73)
Aside from one sack, Seumalo had a great game as both a run and pass blocker.
Jake Elliott (4)
Elliot was a perfect 2/2 on extra points and converted his FG.
Jalen Mills (31)
Mills had five tackles but allowed three catches for 73 yards.
Jalen Reagor (1)
Jalen Reagor was a dependable wideout that helped extend the chains. However, the system is not maximizing his big-play ability.
Jason Kelce (62)
Despite suffering an elbow injury, Kelce was a tough son of a gun. He allowed no pressures and was great at run blocking.
Jason Peters (71)
Peters got abused in pass protection and allowed seven pressures due to injury.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside (19)
Josh Sweat (94)
Sweat had a sack and five run-stops.
Lane Johnson (65)
He allowed three pressures and struggled to open holes in the run game due to injury.
Matt Pryor (69)
Pryor was solid in run and pass blocking.
Miles Sanders (26)
Sanders was efficient on the ground but had a fumble and struggled to muster production after the catch.
Rodney McLeod (23)
McLeod had 4.5 tackles, including three run-stops. But he had some missed tackles.
TJ Edwards (57)
Aside from two run-stops, Edwards struggled to contain the Browns' run game.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
The Eagles' offense failed to sustain momentum in the running and passing games. After a costly fumble by RB Miles Sanders, Doug Pederson prematurely gave up on the run. Surprisingly, the Eagles eclipsed 100 yards on the ground, but that production came despite Philly's battered offensive line. Speaking of the offensive line, their poor blocking led to many mistakes, including Carson Wentz's interception following a blindside hit. Carson showed toughness and modest production but failed to move the chains or create big plays against Cleveland.
Carson Wentz struggled to go through his progressions because the Eagles offensive line allowed 18 total pressures. Wentz shoulders some of the blame since he held on to the ball and occasionally missed open receivers. Nevertheless, the Eagles wideouts Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward failed to gain significant separation against the Browns corners. Tight ends Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers were productive receivers, and Jalen Reagor hauled in four catches for 52 yards. RB Boston Scott also provided a spark, especially in the receiving game, but Scott and Miles Sanders were limited as rushers.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
Initially, Philadelphia contained the Cleveland Browns' offense. However, the Eagles' defense deteriorated during the second half when the Browns offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. The Eagles surrendered nearly 137 rushing yards due to numerous mistakes, including a 57-yard tackle-breaking highlight reel from Nick Chubb. In terms of their passing defense, Philly forced two fumbles against Baker Mayfield and sacked him three times. However, the Eagles struggled against Cleveland's play-action game, especially DBs Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox.
Philly's linebackers struggled against the run. As a whole, the LB corps surrendered four combined missed tackles and were subpar in coverage. Furthermore, this unit only generated one pressure against Baker Mayfield. Alex Singleton was the only linebacker who made a significantly positive impact.
The Eagles defensive line successfully got after Baker Mayfield. Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Brandon Graham, and Josh Sweat combined for nine total pressures that rattled the third-year QB. Unfortunately, Derek Barnett failed to pick up a pressure but came through with three run-stops. However, Philadelphia will need better run defense from the entire front seven when they head to Seattle.
On the back end, Philadelphia's secondary was solid. Besides safety, Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox, this unit did a great job strapping the Browns receivers. CBs Darius Slay, Cre'Von LeBlanc, and Nickell Robey-Coleman held up well in coverage vs. KhaDarel Hodge and Jarvis Landry. However, safeties Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod had uncharacteristically poor performances tackling in the run game.
Special Teams Comments
Jake Elliot had a perfect day, Johnston posted a decent 41.5 yards per punt, and the return game had some juice. However, Browns players Donovan Peoples-Jones and D'Ernest Johnson ran wild as returners on kickoff returns.
Play of the Game
Carson Wentz TD to Richard Rodgers.
Comments on Coaching
In the first quarter, Doug Pederson incorporated a balanced offensive game plan that combined the run and pass games. However, Pederson quickly abandoned the run and leaned nearly entirely on his West Coast passing game. Due to bad pass protection, poor route running, and Carson Wentz's inability to locate open guys, this plan completely collapsed in the second half. As a result, the Eagles were a discombobulated mess that failed miserably on third downs. Pederson's decisions to go for it on fourth down paid off, as the Eagles went 2/2 on those downs. Nevertheless, Pederson's failure to get Wentz on the run or incorporate creative plays was inexcusable, considering he said he would before the game.
Defensively, the execution was solid throughout the first half. As a result, Jim Schwartz's defense held Cleveland to seven first-half points. However, Kevin Stefanski's insistence on the run paid as the Browns offensive line dominated the running game in the second half. Schwartz will need to sure this up next week against a Seahawks team more than capable of running the ball well.