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Chandler Jones Posts Best Defensive PFF Grade In NFL

Cardinals edge rusher was elite against the Seahawks

OLB Chandler Jones celebrates one of his sacks against the Seahawks.
OLB Chandler Jones celebrates one of his sacks against the Seahawks.

Chandler Jones had the best performance of any defensive player in the NFL this weekend, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Cardinals outside linebacker was given a grade of 93.6 for his four-sack, two-forced-fumble showing against the Seahawks. No other defensive player with more than 30 snaps matched him, as Colts linebacker Anthony Walker (93.2 grade), Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt (92.2) and 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (91.5) came closest. Broncos left tackle Garrett Bolles was the only player in the NFL on either side of the ball with a superior grade, finishing with a 93.9 mark.

Jones earned a 91.8 pass-rush grade and was given a 92.7 grade in limited coverage work for punching the ball from Seattle wide receiver David Moore. Jones has an 85.3 overall grade this season, which is the best on the Cardinals.

Other Pro Football Focus tidbits from the impressive win over Seattle:

  • Safety Budda Baker graded out well, finishing second defensively with a mark of 82.5. His box score numbers weren't overwhelming, but Baker was a dominant force back in his home state of Washington.
  • Fellow safety Jalen Thompson, who went to Washington State, earned a grade of 74.9, his third consecutive quality performance. Thompson nearly had an interception and looked Baker-esque on some tackles. He's staking his claim to the starting safety job next season.
  • Quarterback Brett Hundley was given an 83.1 grade for his work in relief of Kyler Murray. Hundley led the offense with that mark, as he attacked the Seahawks with both his arm and legs.
  • Guard Justin Pugh had the fourth-highest offensive grade on the team at 74.9 overall, including an elite pass-blocking mark of 87.8. His season pass-blocking grade of 81.2 is tenth-best among guards with at least 500 snaps.