As a supplement to my previous article about the Philadelphia Eagles: Getting Back to Basics Will Guarantee Playoffs in 2012" target="_blank" href="http://eaglesaddict.com/http:/www.eaglesaddict.com/2012-07-02/philadelphia-eagles-getting-back-to-basics-will-guarantee-playoffs-in-2012/">"Philadelphia Eagles: Getting Back to Basics Will Guarantee Playoffs in 2012", I wanted to throw in some penalty statistics that may be of interest...or concern.
A reader brought up a point about getting killed with penalties on third-down last year that either kept the opponent's drive alive, or thwarted our own drive. Since I can remember that penalties were, in fact, a problem, I thought that would be an interesting thing to look up.
Penalties are a part of the game, but I still find it frustrating, and at the same time, interesting, how penalties can alter the outcome of a game. Especially when they happen on third-down.
Well, after some vigorous Google searches and perusals of several sites that keep stats, I came away disappointed that I couldn't find any site that tracked such a thing. Therefore, I had to do it the old-fashioned way and sift through every game's play-by-play.
I only looked for defensive penalties that occurred on third-down where the penalty is what actually kept the opponent's drive going.
For example, if the opponent had an in-completion or they were stopped short of a first down, but an Eagles penalty gave them a first, I counted that. If the opponent would have gotten the first down anyway (without the penalty), I did not include that one.
I also looked for penalties at crucial junctures of games that seemingly had a significant impact on the outcome. Lastly, I noted whether or not the opponent went on to score on a particular drive where a penalty kept it alive.
On the offensive side, I only looked for penalties on third down that killed the drive, or penalties on any down that may have impacted a scoring opportunity.