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The Philadelphia Eagles rallied to pull out a come from behind win against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 thanks to several contributors playing big roles and making timely plays. Whether it’s DE Chris Long’s strip sack, WR Nelson Agholor’s clutch third down conversion, or QB Carson Wentz’s virtuoso performance, there’s plenty of debate to be had about their top five performers in Sunday’s NFC East Division Title Clinching 43-35 win.

Here’s how Pro Football Focus graded the top five individual performances from the Eagles.

1. TE Trey Burton (87.8)

It’s interesting that the Eagles have scored 94 points in two games without star TE Zach Ertz this year. Against the Rams, Burton showed why he should be heavily coveted as a free agent this offseason. Burton played 48 of the offensive snaps (52.7%) and hauled in 5 passes for career highs in yards (71) and touchdowns (2) for a healthy 11.83 yards per target.

Bringing added value as a core special teams player, the Eagles will certainly attempt to retain Burton’s services in the offseason, but tight end hungry teams will certainly raise his value.

2. DL Fletcher Cox (84.6)

If Goff was indeed scared, Cox had a lot to do with it. He converted 5 pressures into 3 QB hits on only 20 pass rushing snaps, including a jaw re-arranging slam on 3rd down that got the defense off the field. His pass rush productivity rating of 18.8 ranked 3rd among all interior defenders in Week 14 and tops among those interior defenders with at least 20 pass rushing snaps.

Cox was clutch when the Eagles needed him and rebounded nicely after a quiet week trying to chase down the elusive Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

3. DE Chris Long (84.5)

Perhaps the most clutch play of the day, among many candidates, was Long’s strip sack of Goff that led to a SAF Rodney McLeod fumble recovery, setting up a go-ahead Jake Elliot field goal. Used as a rotational piece in passing rushing situations, Long totaled 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 5 pressures on only 14 pass rushing snaps for a robust 28.6 pass rush productivity rating tops for the week among edge defenders with over 10 snaps).

4. QB Carson Wentz (83.9)

It is bittersweet how well Wentz played and as we discussed on the most recent Locked On Eagles, both Benjamin Solak and I thought it was his best game to date. Before exiting the game with what was feared to be, and confirmed as an ACL tear, Wentz tossed 4 touchdowns while amassing 291 yards through the air. He also managed to only take 1 sack despite the Eagles being the most pressured team in Week 14 action, showing the ability to not elude defenders but to also climb the pocket to buy time for passing windows to become available.

5. DE Brandon Graham (83.7)

Graham continued terrorizing of opposing offenses has been a boon for the Eagles defense all season and his performance against the Rams was no different. On 19 pass rushing snaps, Graham totaled 6 pressures for a top 10 pass rush productivity rating of 21.4.For the season, Graham has totaled 8.5 sacks and is credited with 56 pressures (12th). Graham also helped the Eagles cover with a 16 yard fumble return for a touchdown on the last play of the game.

Without their franchise QB for the remainder of the season, the Eagles will need more well-rounded performances from multiple contributors, much like they had against the Rams.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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