Eagles by the Numbers: Piling up the yards

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Eagles by the Numbers: Piling up the yards

3 and Out: Insiders recap the Eagles' win over the Giants

October 8, 2013, 7:00 am
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DeSean Jackson, Nick Foles and the Eagles recorded 439 yards of offense on Sunday to become the first NFL team with at least 430 total yards in each of the first five games of a season. (USA Today Images)

Welcome to the return of Eagles By the Numbers. It’s been mothballed for a while since, frankly, the Eagles’ numbers have been pretty grim.

After Sunday’s 16-point win over the Giants -- the Eagles’ biggest win in two years -- it’s time to resurrect BtN.

Here we go!

• The Eagles netted 439 yards against the Giants, their fifth straight game with 430 or more yards (443 vs. Redskins, 511 vs. Chargers, 431 vs. Chiefs, 450 vs. Broncos). They are the first team in NFL history to net 430 or more yards of offense in each of its first five games.

The previous record for most yards netted by a team in each of its first five games was 421 yards by the 1983 Chargers.

The Eagles are also only the fourth team to record 430 or more yards of offense in any five consecutive games. The 1968 Raiders and 2011 and 2012 Saints also did it.

The Eagles have gained 2,285 total yards through five games, the ninth-most in NFL history and 57 more than the previous club record, set by the 2011 Eagles, believe it or not.

On the opposite side of the ledger … the Eagles have allowed 2,170 yards, and that’s the eighth-most in NFL history by a team after five games.

And their 1,630 passing yards allowed is seventh-most in NFL history -- but only third-most in the league this year. The Broncos and Cowboys have both allowed more this year.

• Eli Manning was awful, completing just 46 percent of his passes with three interceptions, but he did throw for 334 yards. And Manning is already the fourth quarterback to throw for 320 or more yards against the Eagles this year.

Under Jim Johnson, from 1999 through 2008, only eight QBs threw for 320 yards against the Eagles in a 10-year span. Now four QBs have done it in a 28-day period.

Manning’s three interceptions gave him 21 in his career vs. the Eagles, moving him past Troy Aikman (19) and Brett Favre (20) and into a tie for third with Jim Hart for most career INTs vs. the Eagles. He trails only Joe Theismann (27) and Phil Simms (23).

• DeSean Jackson’s 56-yard catch in the second quarter Sunday was his 20th reception since 2008 of 50 yards or more including the postseason, most in the NFL during that span.

Only three NFL receivers even have more than half as many 50-yard catches as Jackson -- Calvin Johnson (16), Greg Jennings (14) and Mike Wallace (14).

Of those 20 passes, 12 have gone for touchdowns. Eleven were thrown by Michael Vick, seven by Donovan McNabb and two by Kevin Kolb.

• Alex Henery’s 5-for-5 performance on field goal attempts, coming on the heels of three straight games with at least one miss, bumped his career average up from 85.3 percent to 86.3 percent. That’s fourth-best in NFL history behind Dan Bailey (88.6), Nate Kaeding (86.5) and Mike Vanderjagt (86.5).

• The Eagles had three interceptions during a 3½-minute stretch of the fourth quarter Sunday. They also had three interceptions during the final 868 minutes, 40 seconds of last season (14 games, plus most of the second half vs. the Ravens).

It had been 24 years since the Eagles had three INTs in a fourth quarter. In a 1989 game against the Cards at Sun Devil Stadium, they picked off future punter Tom Tupa three times, courtesy of Al Harris (the linebacker, not the cornerback), William Frizzell and Eric Allen.

Eagles cornerbacks now have as many interceptions this year (four) as they did all of last year.

• Jackson’s third 100-yard game this year and 18th of his career gave him 5,310 career receiving yards, 10th-most in NFL history by a player before his 27th birthday.

Jackson passed Isaac Bruce Sunday (5,288) and is within reach of fourth place before he turns 27 on Dec. 1. The Eagles have six more games before Jackson’s birthday, so he just needs to average 57 yards per game to move into the No. 4 spot.

Here are the top 10 receivers in NFL history before the age of 27:

8,375 … Randy Moss
7,067 ... Larry Fitzgerald
6,241 … Calvin Johnson
5,651 … Lance Alworth
5,618 … Herman Moore
5,515 … Jerry Rice
5,383 … Darrell Jackson
5,365 … Andre Rison
5,353 … Andre Reed
5,310 … DeSean Jackson

Jackson’s 525 so far this year are third-most in the NFL, behind Jimmy Graham (593) and Torrey Smith (556) and put him on pace for 1,680 yards this year.

The franchise record is 1,409 by Mike Quick in 1983. Jackson needs to average 80.5 yards per game to break Quick’s mark.

• Five games into the season, the Eagles are one of only four NFL teams that hasn’t allowed a run from scrimmage of longer than 20 yards. The longest run they’ve allowed was a 20-yarder by Ryan Mathews of the Chargers. The Raiders, Cowboys and Ravens have also held opposing teams without a run of 20 yards or more.

• For the first time in more than a decade, the Eagles did not allow a run from scrimmage longer than seven yards Sunday against the Giants. Their longest run allowed was a seven-yarder by Brandon Jacobs.

The last time the Eagles went an entire game without allowing a run of eight yards or more was Sept. 28, 2003, in a 23-13 win over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills’ longest run that day was a seven-yarder by Joe Burns.

• The Eagles have scored 30 or more points three times this year. They scored 30 once last year.

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