Philadelphia Eagles: Stats That Matter Headed into Week 9
Stats don't often tell the whole story, but most are relevant when put into context. Here are four stats related to the Philadelphia Eagles that help explain why they stand where they do heading into Week 9 of the 2012 NFL regular season.
The Eagles have been outscored by that total in the first quarter this season (via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer).
That's right, they have one touchdown in the first Q this entire season. The 40 points allowed isn't the problem (it works out to 22.8 points per game for the opposing offense, which is exactly the league average). The problem is that the Eagles' offense has been dreadful out of the gate week in and week out.
It's no coincidence that they've been continually criticized for failing to properly utilize LeSean McCoy early in games.
Graham hasn't played that many snaps in a game since his rookie season, and it was a new low for Babin in his time in Philadelphia. This was the biggest change we saw under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and it's an indication that they're either losing confidence in Babin or gaining confidence in Graham. Or both.
Who deserves more of the blame for how often the Eagles get stuffed?
That's the percentage of runs the Eagles have been "stuffed" on, according to Football Outsiders. A running back is stuffed whenever he's stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, and only one team (Arizona) has been stuffed more often than the Eagles this season.
That's the problem with McCoy, who's great at breaking tackles and busting out when he gets to the second level (he led the league with 14 20-plus-yard runs last year), but he also gets taken down in the backfield a lot.
That's Mychal Kendricks' stop percentage this season, which PFF ranks 41st among the 50 4-3 outside linebackers that have played at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps. The rookie has missed a team-high 10 tackles. Kendricks has still provided a slight upgrade in the linebacking corps, but it's been somewhat of a disappointing season for the rookie.
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