Eagles by the Numbers: Reid routs Dallas


Eagles by the Numbers: Reid routs Dallas

OK, if youre going to fire Andy Reid, just wait till after Dallas week to do it.

Because when it comes to beating the Cowboys, nobody does it better than Reid.

The Eagles beat the Cowboys by 27 points Sunday, the sixth time under Reid that the Eagles have defeated the Cowboys by at least 27 points.

No other coach in NFL history has done it more than twice.

Since 1999, when Reid became head coach of the Eagles, hes beaten the Cowboys more (six times) than every other coach in the league combined (five times).

Since 1971, the Cowboys have played 673 games. Theyve lost only 21 of them by 27 or more points. That means Reid owns 30 percent of all the Cowboys lopsided losses in the last 42 years (despite being the opposing coach in only 3.8 percent of their games).

Reid has wins over Dallas by 27 points (41-14 in 2000 and 34-7 on Sunday), 28 points (49-21 in 2004), 31 points (44-13 in 2002), 33 points (36-3 in 2001) and 38 points (44-6 in 2009). Thats three at Texas Stadium, two at the Linc, one at the Vet.

The only other coaches to beat the Cowboys by 27 or more points more than once are Joe Gibbs and Wally Lemm.

Yeah, Wally who?

Lemm, who coached the St. Louis Cards from 1962 through 1965, led the Cards to a 52-20 win in 1962 at Busch Stadium and a 34-7 win in 1963 at the Cotton Bowl. Gibbs did it 19 years apart in separate stints with the Redskins, beating Dallas 41-14 at RFK Stadium in 1986 and 35-7 at FedEx Field in 2005.

Reid has defeated Dallas by 27 or more points six of the 26 times hes faced them. In the 79 Eagles-Cowboys games before Reid took over, the Eagles only beat Dallas by 27 or more points twice (43-7 in 1961 and 27-0 in 1989). Reid also has wins over Dallas by 22, 24 and 26 points.

Overall, including the playoffs, Reid is 16-10 vs. the Cowboys, with the 16 wins coming by an average of 19 points. No coach in
NFL history has defeated the Cowboys more than Reid.

Great week for By the Numbers! The Roob stats abacus has been working overtime! Heres more:

Piling on
The Eagles 495 yards against Dallas put the Eagles on pace for 7,188 total yards this year. That would break the NFL record of 7,075 yards in a season, set by the 2000 Rams.

The Eagles have already gained 400 yards in a game six times in seven weeks. In NFL history, only two teams had more 400-yard games after seven games -- the 1983 Patriots and 2007 Patriots netted 400 or more yards in each of their first seven games.

With 239 rushing yards Sunday against Dallas, the Eagles are also on pace for 2,877 rushing yards this year. That would be the 12th-highest total in NFL history and third-highest since 1980 (behind the 1984 Bears 2,974 and 2006 Falcons 2,939, with Michael Vick).

The Eagles 5.78 rushing average per-carry is also higher than any team has had over a full season in 61 years, since the Cards (6.75) and Lions (5.96) both had a higher average in 1951.

Shady rushing
Tired of LeSean McCoy stats yet? Didnt think so!

Since the start of last year, nobody in the NFL has more games with 120 or more rushing yards than Shady. McCoy, Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster each have six.

McCoy isnt just the only player ever with consecutive 140-yard games against the Cowboys, hes the only player in Eagles history with two career 140-yard games against any other team.

Since Week 8 of 2004, the span of 116 games, the Cowboys have allowed three backs to rush for 149 or more yards.

McCoy twice. Everybody else once (Steven Jackson in 2008).

One more: McCoy is the first Eagle with 28 or more carries in consecutive games in 32 years, since Wilbert Montgomery in 1979. Montgomery had 29 carries (for 197 yards) on Sept. 23 in a 17-13 win over the Giants and 28 carries (for 98 yards) a week later in a 17-14 win over the Steelers.

On the run
With 174 rushing yards at Buffalo, 192 at Washington and 239 against the Cowboys, this is the first time in 21 years the Eagles have had three consecutive games with 170 or more rushing yards.

Last time they did it was Weeks 11 through 15 of 1990, when they actually ran for 170 yards in six straight games -- 176 against the Giants, 176 at Buffalo, 257 at Miami, 173 vs. the Packers and 178 against the Cowboys and 174 at Phoenix.

The Eagles have also averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry in all seven of their games. Theyre the first team in 57 years and only the second team in NFL history to average at least 4.4 yards per game in every game through Week 7. The only other team to do it was the 1954 49ers.

Double threat
By throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 50 yards, Michael Vick now has five career games with 250 or more passing yards, two TDs and at least 50 rushing yards. Only Steve Young has more (eight).

Hold the ball
The Eagles held the ball for 42:09 Sunday, their largest time-of-possession margin in their last 295 games. Last time they had the ball longer was in a 21-17 win over the Redskins at the Vet on Oct. 9, 1994, when they had possession for 43:11.

Romo bombs
OK, you guys mind one negative stat?

Tony Romos 70-yard TD in the fourth quarter to Laurent Robinson made him the first QB since David Krieg and only the seventh quarterback ever with two career touchdown passes of 70 yards or more against the Eagles. Romo also had a 72-yarder to Terrell Owens in the Cowboys 41-37 win over the Eagles in 2008.

The others with more than one career bomb vs. the Eagles: Charley Johnson, Eddie LeBaron, Sid Luckman, Earl Morrall, Jim Plunkett and Joe Theismann.

E-mail Reuben Frank atrfrank@comcastsportsnet.com.

Report: Sixers in California for NBA draft workouts


Report: Sixers in California for NBA draft workouts

As the Western Conference Finals are taking place in Oakland, the Sixers are looking for new talent of their own in California.

This week, members of the Sixers' front office are attending pre-draft workouts organized through multiple agencies, including BDA Sports Management, CAA Sports, Landmark Sports Agency, Octagon and Wasserman Media Group.

While the Sixers hold the No. 1 pick, these workouts are opportunities for them to evaluate players that could be fits for their 24th and 26th selections.

On Thursday, the list of workout participants included projected first-rounders Deyonta Davis (Michigan State) and Cheik Diallo (Kansas), according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

The scouting process takes NBA teams coast to coast. Earlier this week, the Sixers reportedly attended a private workout with Excel Sports Management in New York City, in which Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray participated.

The Sixers have held two workouts at their own practice facility, bringing in a total of 12 prospects thus far.

As the draft nears, 57 early-entry candidates withdrew their names from the 2016 draft.

NBA Playoffs: Stephen Curry, Warriors fight off elimination


NBA Playoffs: Stephen Curry, Warriors fight off elimination


OAKLAND, Calif. -- "We ain't going home! We're not going home!" Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs.

No, his Golden State Warriors are going back to Oklahoma City, after keeping their title reign and the winningest season in NBA history alive for at least one more game.

Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to fire up Golden State's raucous crowd, and the defending champions staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

"We just did what we're supposed to do. We're supposed to win at home," Curry said. "We know what we still have to do going forward. ... We knew if we didn't win we were going home. There's no other motivation you need."

For all the speculation about the current state of Curry's beat-up body -- that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow -- he did it all.

"I thought he looked like 91 percent," coach Steve Kerr cracked. "He came out and played a really good game. That's all I can tell you. He's going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done."

Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.

The MVP made a snazzy layup late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. The Warriors trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

"None of us want to go home," Thompson said. "We're having too much fun out there."

Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.

The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.

"We have to take that game and travel," Curry said of keeping momentum.

Durant's 3-pointer with 4:34 left got the Thunder within 103-98, then Curry answered with a three-point play.

Curry scored seven points in a 58-second stretch of the second quarter and hit more big shots late, but the Thunder didn't go away easily.

"I liked our will, I liked our fight," Kerr said. "We were embarrassed in OKC the last couple games."

Trailing 58-50 at halftime, Oklahoma City came out of the break with a 9-2 run. Westbrook's 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the third put Oklahoma City ahead 68-67 for its first lead of the night. But Golden State led 81-77 going into the fourth and began the final period with an 8-0 burst.

"We didn't shoot a particularly good percentage when we got into the lane and got into the deep paint," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "We had our opportunities."

Curry shot 9 for 20 and also had five steals, while Thompson had his 11th 20-point game for the second straight postseason despite shooting 2 for 9 from 3-point range. After struggling the past two games, Draymond Green had 11 points and 13 rebounds a day after receiving some encouraging words from Kobe Bryant on the phone.

"We really relied on the entire team tonight, which is when we're at our best," Curry said.

Kerr figured his Warriors might have an edge against the percentages of teams having trailed 3-1 because they're the defending champs and were playing at home, where they have been nearly unbeatable.

He wasn't surprised to see this team respond so well.

"We played with great desperation," Kerr said. "I knew how we would play. This is a championship team."

Kerr called for center Andrew Bogut to do more and the 7-footer delivered with a playoff career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double this postseason and seventh of his career.

Marreese Speights had a pair of three-point plays on follow shots and a 3 in the second quarter to give Golden State a nice lift off the bench. He had nine points in four minutes during that stretch and 14 points overall for his fifth double-digit scoring game this postseason.

"Their bench came in and made shots, made plays for them," Durant said. "We know we're going home. We can't relax."

Golden State made 31 of 34 free throws.

With his 1,248th career postseason point in the third, Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain (1,246) for second place on the franchise's playoff scoring list.

"That's who he is, that's what he's done, and that's what's made him a very good player," Donovan said.

Thunder: The franchise lost in the finals in 1977-78, 1995-96 to Kerr and the Chicago Bulls and in `12. ... Steven Adams sat down with his second foul at the 9:34 mark of the first quarter. The Thunder had seven fouls to Golden State's one after the first. ... Oklahoma City took Game 1 at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have lost only three times all season. ... The Thunder started the game 3 for 14.

Warriors: Green picked up his fifth technical of the postseason. He also has at least one steal in 16 straight playoff games. ... Golden State missed six of its first seven 3s. ... The Warriors supported Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager with "Sager Strong" T-shirts for sale to support awareness and research for leukemia and lymphoma, both blood cancers.

Best of MLB: Jose Fernandez strikes out 12 in Marlins' win over Rays


Best of MLB: Jose Fernandez strikes out 12 in Marlins' win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Fernandez struck out 12 in seven innings Thursday and won his sixth straight start for the Miami Marlins, a 9-1 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fernandez (7-2) struck out eight of the last 10 batters he faced and struck out every hitter in the Rays lineup at least once. The 23-year-old right-hander from Tampa gave up six hits in beating his hometown Rays for the first time in three tries. He finished the game with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings, highest among major league starters.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Chris Johnson homered for the Marlins, who won three of four in their annual series against the Rays.

Hechavarria's third home run drove in the final two runs of a three-run second inning off Rays starter Drew Smyly. Johnson made it 5-0 with his second homer an inning later, Johnson's first hit in 22 interleague at bats (see full recap).

Rockies silence Red Sox, Bradley's hit streak
BOSTON -- Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and the Colorado Rockies stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak with a 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley's major league-best streak was halted when he went 0 for 4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

Jon Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez's homer with the other two coming the following inning (see full recap).

Happ leads Blue Jays past Yankees
NEW YORK -- J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings, Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis had two-out RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-1 on Thursday to win the three-game series.

CC Sabathia was the tough-luck loser for New York, allowing just two unearned runs. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since going on the disabled list May 4 with a strained right hamstring.

Happ (6-2) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 19 of his last 20 starts.

Sabathia (3-3) retired the first seven batters before an error by shortstop Didi Gregorius on Travis' grounder with one out in the third (see full recap).