Midseason Stats That Matter: Philadelphia Eagles

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during  the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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The roller-coaster ride continues for the Philadelphia Eagles. As Chip Kelly's wild first year enters its 10th week, let's take a lot at some of the most relevant and significant stats surrounding this Philly team.

127.4: That's Nick Foles' passer rating this year, which leads the league and puts him on pace to record the highest-rated season in NFL history. Of course, with only three starts under his belt, the sample size is small. Still, he's thrown enough passes to qualify. 

8.7 and 8.6: That's how many yards that Foles and Vick are averaging per pass attempt, which places them third and fourth in the league, respectively. Remember when we wondered if the Eagles wouldn't take enough deep shots under Kelly and his run-first offense?

44 and 12: That's the number of 20- and 40-yard completions the Eagles have recorded this season, both of which lead the NFL by significant margins. No other offense has more than 37 20-yard completions, and only the Baltimore Ravens have more than nine of the 40-yard variety. 

NFL deep passing leaders, 2013
20-yard completions40-yard completions
1Eagles (44)Eagles (12)
2Broncos (37)Ravens (10)
3Bengals (35)Bengals (9)

11-to-1: That's the touchdown-to-interception ratio that Foles and Vick have on passes of 20 yards or more, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). 

13-to-0: That's Foles' touchdown-to-interception ratio, which also leads the league. This is what really separates him from Vick, who has only five touchdowns and three picks on 23 more pass attempts. Here's a full comparison between the two:

Michael Vick versus Nick Foles, 2013
Completion percentage54.662.7
Touchdown percentage3.511.0
Interception percentage2.10.0
Sack percentage9.65.6
Passer rating86.5127.4
PFF rating-0.21.4
Accuracy percentage under pressure46.767.9
Time to throw3.042.86
Deep-passing accuracy percentage45.552.6
Rushing yards/game51.37.0
Win-loss record2-42-1
Pro Football Reference/Focus

Plus-1: That's the Eagles' turnover margin, which doesn't sound special but is actually sweet when put it into context. Take away Matt Barkley's five garbage-time turnovers in a two-week span, and the Eagles would rank in the top 10 at plus-6. Consider, too, that this team had a minus-38 turnover margin in 2011 and 2012 combined, which ranked dead last in the NFL by a mile. No other team was below minus-26 in that span.

5.0: That's the number of yards per carry that the Eagles are averaging on the ground, which ranks first in the NFL, alongside the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. Considering how stellar the passing game looks based on the above stats, this efficiency on the ground is encouraging. LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing with 777 yards, while DeSean Jackson is second in receiving yardage with 823.

125: That's the total number of pressures the offensive line has surrendered this season, according to PFF. The O-line is talented, but that number ranks third last in the NFL. Left tackle Jason Peters has been good—not great—while rookie right tackle Lane Johnson has given up seven sacks in nine games. Only two tackles have given up more pressure than Johnson.

23.6 and 14.1: Those are the run-blocking grades PFF has assigned to starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, respectively. Mathis ranks first in the NFL in that category, and Herremans ranks second. No other NFL offensive lineman is above 10.0. 

419.3: That's the number of yards per game the Eagles have given up on D this year, which is the highest average in the league. Only the 2012 New Orleans Saints and the 1981 Ravens have surrendered that many yards per game over the course of a 16-game season. 

25.7: That's the number of points per game they're giving up, which is respectable when you consider the number above. The Eagles have been a bend-don't-break defense, especially lately. In the last five weeks, they have surrendered only 18.6 points per game, which is the sixth-best mark in football. They also have 10 takeaways in that span, which ranks seventh.

NFL's top defenses since Week 5
Points allowed/gameTakeaways
1. San Francisco 49ers12.511
2. Kansas City Chiefs14.011
3. Carolina Panthers14.013
4. Cincinnati Bengals17.06
5. San Diego Chargers18.03
6. Philadelphia Eagles18.610
7. New York Giants19.36
8. Green Bay Packers19.42
Pro Football Reference

35.1: That's the percentage of drives on which opposing offenses have scored on the Eagles, which ranks close to the middle of the pack. This matters because, through four weeks, they ranked dead last in the league with a 44.7 percentage in this category. 

4.5: That's their defensive sack percentage, which ranks fourth last in the NFL. Makes you wonder how they're hanging in, especially considering this...

21.9: That's how many seconds, on average, it has taken the Eagles to snap the football, which ranks first in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. The league average is 26.9, which means they're saving five seconds on every snap. Unsurprisingly, their average drive lasts just 1:58, which is the shortest rate in the NFL. The pace is unmatched, but as a result, the defense has been on the field for 34:53 per game, which is longer than any other D in the league. That can't be easy.

Eagles: Time-based stats, 2013
Time to snap (offense)Time/drive (offense)Time on field (defense)
Football Outsiders/PFR/NFL.com

4: That's the total number of sacks starting outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Trent Cole have recorded in a combined 18 games. PFF ranks both in the bottom six at that position in terms of pass-rushing productivity. Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry have just as many sacks on 25 percent of the snaps. 

Minus-33.3: That's the combined PFF grade posted by Eagles inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Based on that, Kendricks is the worst player in the league at that position, and Ryans is third worst. 

18.2: That's Fletcher Cox's PFF grade, which is second among 3-4 defensive ends to only reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Cox has been playing at a Pro Bowl level, and the numbers reveal that.


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