Regular readers know how deeply we care about numbers here on the B/R NFC East Blog, which is why we try to check in on each of the division's four teams as often as possible from strictly a statistical perspective.
Here's a look at some of the key stats that tell the story of the Philadelphia Eagles' season with three weeks remaining.
That's the total margin of victory from the Eagles' four wins this season. They've won two games by a single point and two games by two points.
Only four teams in NFL history (post-merger) have posted a lower average margin of victory over the course of an entire season, but all of those teams won two or fewer games. The Eagles are easily on track to have the lowest average among teams with at least three wins in a season.
That makes you realize just how close this team is to being historically bad. Like, 2008 Lions bad.
Its point differential isn't terrible because it has played in eight one-score games out of 13, but who would have imagined that a team with this much talent would go 13 weeks without winning a single game by a full field goal?
That's the turnover margin the Eagles are on pace to finish 2012 with. They're currently at -19, with an NFL-high 29 giveaways and an NFC-low 10 takeaways. The Kansas City Chiefs, who are already at -22, trump Philadelphia in this category, but in the majority of recent seasons, the Eagles would be dead last in the NFL in terms of turnover ratio.
Since the 1970 merger, only 14 teams have had a worse single-season turnover margin than the -23 number Philadelphia is on pace to hit. So that might help explain why this team is so close to being winless.
That's the combined passer rating quarterbacks have posted this season on throws made at Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, according to Pro Football Focus. Among those who have taken at least 25 percent of their team's snaps, only eight corners in the league have a higher opponent passer rating.
I'm not pinning what's happened to the 2012 Eagles on Asomugha, but the defense has been a much bigger problem than the offense and Asomugha is being paid like the superstar he used to be.
In terms of sheer coverage, PFF ranks him 200th out of the 209 cornerbacks that have taken the field this season.
Here's a look at how dramatically Asomugha's production his dropped this season (rankings in brackets when applicable):
The pass rush hasn't been quite as effective this year, but the tackling's been a little better. There's no excuse for how poorly Asomugha has played. It's a huge reason why this team is in such a bad spot.
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