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Trent Cole: C
Did Trent Cole play today? The picture above shows he obviously did because he was trying to recover the bad snap by Maurkice Pouncey. And the stat sheet shows he had a tackle. Other than that, I didn't see him. I think a lot of it was because Cole was double teamed by left tackle Max Starks and Heath Miller, but still, I expected Cole to make some plays and he didn't.
Derek Landri: B
Derek Landri had just two tackles, which isn't a great effort. And the run defense was really subpar, allowing Rashard Mendenhall to have his way with them. I do give Landri for breaking right through the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line late in the game and almost picking up a sack but forcing Ben Roethlisberger to throw the ball away.
Cullen Jenkins: C
The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive has played very well this year, even though they haven't gotten a lot of sacks. But no one played well today, and Cullen Jenkins was among the majority that underachieved as pass rushers. Jenkins also had just one tackle.
Jason Babin: B
I thought Jason Babin was the only Eagles' defensive linemen with a decent game. He had a tackle, a tackle for a loss, and he was 30 yards downfield tackling Mendenhall on an early run that was then called back because of a penalty. Babin gave it his all today, although it would have been nice if he had been able to wrap up Roethlisberger on a 3rd and 12 late in the game.
Fletcher Cox: C
I didn't think Fletcher Cox had a particularly strong game today. He was lined up against a two-time All-Pro center in Maurkice Pouncey, but Cox came up with just one tackle and no sacks.
Brandon Graham: B
Brandon Graham has been making the most of his limited snaps so far this season. Today, he didn't do much, picking up just one tackle, but I thought he was one of the few pass rushers the Eagles had against Ben Roethlisberger.
Phillip Hunt: C+
I'm really disappointed in Phillip Hunt this season. At this point, I expected him to have three sacks and really pushing for playing time behind Trent Cole and Jason Babin. That's not been the case. Hunt had just one play of note today, when he and Landri were right in Roethlisberger's face in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
Darryl Tapp: D
Darryl Tapp was a zero as a pass rusher today and he committed an absolutely inexcusable penalty when he was flagged early for unnecessary roughness for a blatant cheap, late hit.
Cedric Thornton: B-
Three tackles in limited snaps for the fourth defensive tackle is not a bad day's work for Cedric Thornton.