Before we turn our attention more fully to free agency and the draft, let's put a bow on an amazing season for the Philadelphia Eagles by reviewing some key stats that help explain what happened to this team in 2013.
119.2: That was quarterback Nick Foles' passer rating, which led the league and registered as the third-highest single-season rating in NFL history. Foles also led the league with 9.1 yards per pass attempt and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 27-to-2—which set a new NFL record.
9: That's the total number of games Foles had a rating in the triple digits, which is a new Eagles record despite the fact he qualified for a rating in only 11 games.
8-1: That was Philadelphia's record in games Foles started and finished. He missed the fourth quarter of a one-score game against Dallas, and Matt Barkley wasn't able to do anything in relief.
+20: That was the Eagles' turnover differential when Foles was running the offense in the regular season and playoffs. When Michael Vick or Barkley were in control, they had a turnover differential of -6. Keep in mind that this team had a -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.
|Eagles turnover differential, 2013 (including playoffs)|
|With Foles at QB||+20|
|Without Foles at QB||-6|
|Pro Football Reference|
14-to-1: That was Foles' touchdown-to-interception ratio on passes that traveled at least 20 yards, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which led the league.
48.5: That was DeSean Jackson's catch rate on deep balls, per PFF, which was the second-highest percentage in the NFL. Jackson led the league with 16 catches on passes of 20 yards or more, dropping zero of the 33 balls thrown his way in those scenarios.
99: That's the number of plays the Eagles ran this season that resulted in gains of 20 yards or more, which easily led the NFL and set a new single-season record. The 2001 "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams also had 96. The 2011 Saints, who broke the single-season team yardage record, had 83. The 2007 Patriots had just 61. This year, the powerhouse Broncos had 77.
|Most 20-yard gains, 2013|
|1. Philadelphia Eagles||99|
|2. Denver Broncos||77|
|3. Green Bay Packers||76|
|4. New Orleans Saints||74|
|5. Minnesota Vikings||72|
2,146: That's the number of yards from scrimmage LeSean McCoy compiled, which led the NFL. Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs finished 166 yards behind in second place. Teammate DeSean Jackson was ranked 21st at 1,334.
29: That's the total number of games Eagles starters missed due to injury, according to The Dallas Morning News, which made Philly the fourth-healthiest team in the NFL by that metric. But 16 of those games were missed by Jeremy Maclin, who was gone in late July and was replaced exceptionally well by Riley Cooper. Put that aside and the Eagles were easily the healthiest team in football.
|Fewest games missed by starters, 2013|
|Team||Games missed||Key injury|
|1. New York Jets||20||Santonio Holmes (5)|
|2. Kansas City Chiefs||22||Anthony Fasano (6)|
|2. Washington Redskins||22||Stephen Bowen (6)|
|4. Philadelphia Eagles||29||Jeremy Maclin (16)|
|5. Cleveland Browns||35||Brian Hoyer (11)|
|Dallas Morning News|
1.57: That's the number of yards Eagles running backs averaged between five and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, according to Football Outsiders, which was the highest total in the league. McCoy was doing his thing in the second level of the defense.
14.9: That, as a percentage, was the statistical variance of the Eagles' regular-season offensive performances, which according to Football Outsiders was the highest rate in the league. That means that this offense was technically the least consistent unit in football. Not shocking when you consider poor early efforts from Vick and Foles (especially that ugly Dallas loss).
76.5: That was the offensive line's pass-blocking efficiency rating from PFF, which ranked them 20th in the league. Rookie right tackle Lane Johnson gave up 10 sacks and 57 pressures, and right guard Todd Herremans surrendered four and 49. However, Vick was pressured on 44 percent of his dropbacks, while Foles was only pressured 34 percent of the time, per PFF. The line was much better late in the season.
40.2 and 19.7: Those are the run-blocking grades PFF assigned to starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, respectively. Mathis ranked first in the NFL in that category, and Herremans ranked second. No other guards finished above 15.0.
23.4: That's how many seconds, on average, it took the Eagles to snap the football, which ranked first in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. The league average was 27.1, which means they saved almost four seconds on every snap. Unsurprisingly, their average drive lasted just 2:06, which was the shortest rate in the NFL. The pace is unmatched, but as a result, the defense was on the field for 33:36 per game, which was longer than any other D in the league. Bill Davis worked some magic.
|Eagles: Time-based stats, 2013|
|Time to snap||Time/drive||Time of possession|
|Football Outsiders/Pro Football Reference/NFL.com|
23.9: That's the average number of points Philly allowed per game, which ranked pretty close to the middle of the pack and was only half a point back of the league average. Not bad when you consider that, four weeks into the season, they ranked dead last in terms of yards allowed and second-last in terms of points against. They still had the league's 29th-ranked defense and finished 32nd against the pass, but they bent quite often while rarely breaking.
31: That's how many takeaways the Eagles had on defense, a number which was beat by only two other defenses. That's a big reason why they bent without breaking a lot. By comparison, Philly had only 37 total takeaways in 2011 and 2012.
|Eagles defense, 2013|
|Weeks 1-4||34.5 (31st)||6.0 (27th)||5 (22nd)|
|Weeks 5-17||20.3 (8th)||5.3 (15th)||26 (1st)|
|Pro Football Reference|
0.98: That's the number of yards opposing backs averaged between five and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage against Philly, according to Football Outsiders, which was the third-lowest total in the league. Davis' 3-4-based system really worked, with Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, DeMeco Ryans and even Mychal Kendricks performing well against the run. This D couldn't tackle at all in 2012, but things changed. In the same category last year, they ranked 26th (1.26).
64.6: That's the passer rating opposing quarterbacks posted when throwing Brandon Boykin's way, which was the fifth-best mark in the league among cornerbacks who were on the field for at least 600 snaps, according to PFF. The second-year corner received the highest PFF coverage grade in the NFL.
5: That's the number of Boykin's six interceptions that came in one-score games, according to the team on Twitter. Four came in the fourth quarter. Two came in the red zone. Two ended games. Clutch.