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Even on an off night, Eagles set some records

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Even on an off night, Eagles set some records

It wasn't his best game, but for purely statistical purposes Carson Wentz did accomplish some pretty impressive things Sunday in Seattle.

Let's take a look as we kick off this week's edition of Roob Stats:

• Wentz had one touchdown pass and one interception against the Seahawks, giving him 14 straight games with one or more touchdown and one or no interceptions. That's the eighth-longest streak in NFL history, behind only streaks by Matt Ryan (21), Aaron Rodgers and Vinny Testaverde (19), Steve Young (17), Trent Green (16) and Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning (15). 

• The streak of 14 straight games with a touchdown pass is second-longest in Eagles history behind Randall Cunningham's 18-game streak over the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

• Wentz now has 29 touchdowns and six interceptions, which makes him only the third player in NFL history with 29 or more TDs and six or fewer INTs after 12 games. The others are Tom Brady (2007, 2015) and Rodgers (2011, 2014). 

• Wentz threw for 348 yards Sunday night, his eighth career 300-yard game. He's only the fifth quarterback to throw for 300 yards eight times in his first two NFL seasons, and two of the others had previous professional football experience. Dan Marino (10) and Jeff Garcia, Andrew Luck and Kurt Warner (9) are the only other QBs to throw for 300 yards eight times in their first two seasons, but Garcia and Warner weren't rookies in their first NFL seasons.

• With a passer rating of 86.2 Sunday, Wentz became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to open a season with a passer rating of 83 or higher in the first 12 games of a season. The others are Peyton Manning, Rivers and Rodgers.

• Wentz's 51-yard pass to Nelson Agholor was his seventh completion of 50 yards or more this year. He shares the NFL lead with Alex Smith. Jared Goff, Andy Dalton and Jacoby Brissett have six. The last Eagles QB with more than seven 50-yarders in a season was Donovan McNabb, who had nine in 2009.

Amazing Non-Wentz stats
• The Eagles gained 425 yards but scored just 10 points. It's the first time since 1955 they've gained over 400 yards but scored just 10 points. They had 408 yards in a 17-10 loss to the Bears at Wrigley Field in 1955. There have been only nine games in NFL history where a team has netted 425 or more yards but scored fewer points.

• Sunday's game was also only the second in franchise history where the Eagles outgained a team by more than 100 yards and lost by 14 or more points. In 1997, they opened the season with a 31-17 loss to the Giants despite outgaining them by 138 yards.

• The Eagles have held 14 straight opponents to fewer than 115 rushing yards, the third-longest streak in franchise history behind a 29-game streak over the 1933-35 seasons and a 15-game streak in 1991 and 1992.

• The Eagles are also the 15th team in NFL history that hasn't allowed more than 115 rushing yards in any of its first 12 games in a season. The Vikings also haven't.

• Agholor had three catches of 25 yards or more Sunday night. He had only two all last year.

• The Eagles have gained 375 or more yards and allowed 325 or fewer yards in four straight games, which matches the second-longest streak in NFL history and longest since 1953 (although 25 other teams have done it four straight weeks since 1953). The 1953 Eagles had a streak of six straight games gaining at least 375 yards and allowing 325 or fewer yards.

Stefen Wisniewski heads Eagles' inactives vs Giants

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Stefen Wisniewski heads Eagles' inactives vs Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Eagles will be without their starting left guard Sunday afternoon against the Giants. 

Stefen Wisniewski (ankle) is officially inactive. Either Chance Warmack or Isaac Seumalo will play in his place. 

Wisniewski came into the weekend listed as questionable after he injured his ankle during the first half of last Sunday's game in Los Angeles. After Wisniewski came out against the Rams, he was replaced by  Warmack and then Seumalo. Both struggled against L.A. and Aaron Donald. 

Since joining the Eagles as a free agent, Wisniewski had played in all 29 games with the team. He earned the starting left guard job earlier this season. 

Joining Wisniewski among the Eagles' inactive players are Rasul Douglas, Wendell Smallwood, Marcus Johnson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls and Dannell Ellerbe.  

Nick Foles will obviously get the start at quarterback and Nate Sudfeld will be the backup. This is the first time Sudfeld will be active for an NFL game. 

With Wiz out, offensive tackle Will Beatty is active for the first time as an Eagle. Douglas, the third-round rookie who played well when given a chance this season, is inactive for the first time since the season opener. 

Bryan Braman, who was brought back this week, is active and should immediately play a role on special teams. 

For the Giants, safety Landon Collins, who came into the weekend listed as doubtful, is active. 

Eagles-Giants thoughts: Intrigue surrounds Nick Foles' 1st start

Eagles-Giants thoughts: Intrigue surrounds Nick Foles' 1st start

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A game that until recently looked like a speedbump on the Eagles’ path to the playoffs has all of a sudden become a matchup of intrigue and mystery.

NFC East rivalry or not, the 11-2 Eagles were expected to dispatch the 2-11 Giants with relative ease, and still very well may. However, the season’s second meeting between the two teams has taken on a decidedly different feel now that it will feature Nick Foles under center for the Birds.

It’s become appointment viewing for an Eagles fan base collectively holding its breath, hoping to catch a glimpse into whether Foles possesses the ability to lead the team deep into the postseason.

Foles has made 36 career NFL starts – seven more than the quarterback he replaces, Carson Wentz – and has appeared in 46 games total, most of that with the Eagles. Nonetheless, the sixth-year veteran is viewed as something of an unknown entity. Foles was productive for several seasons, even historically prolific, but also lost a pair of starting jobs, nearly playing himself out of the league along the way.

Now in his second stint with the Eagles, the question is which version of Foles are the Eagles getting this time around, and can they still reach the Super Bowl with a new signal caller? We will begin to get some answers Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

In a position to succeed
Regardless of whether Foles is up to the challenge, it wouldn’t hurt the Eagles’ chances if they were able to finish what they started and earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. That could actually happen as early as Sunday.

A win over the Giants and a Vikings loss to the Bengals would be enough to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Even if the Vikings don’t lose this week, the Eagles can secure the top seed in the conference with any two wins over the Giants, Raiders or Cowboys over the final three games. Of the three remaining opponents, only the Cowboys are currently above .500 at 7-6.

In other words, Foles shouldn’t have to do much heavy lifting until the postseason, while the Eagles can make his job a little easier in January if they take care of business down the stretch.

With a little help from his friends
Foles has been under the microscope all week, and the backup quarterback has been examined from just about every angle. There’s nothing much more to say about the Eagles from the offense’s standpoint, at least until we’ve seen it action.

The group that’s flying under the radar in the aftermath of the injury to Wentz is the defense. Even the unit’s role in last week’s 43-35 win over the Rams has been overlooked to a degree, despite coming up huge in the fourth quarter.

After allowing the Rams to go up and down the field for the better part of the contest, the Eagles made two pivotal stops after Wentz’s exit. A Chris Long strip sack set up the game-winning field goal and that was followed by a quick three-and-out that allowed Foles and the offense to milk nearly the entire final two minutes of regulation.

That was against the No. 2 scoring offense in the NFL, and though the Eagles did surrender 35 points, the defense stepped up when it mattered.

Wentz might be out, but the Eagles’ defense still ranks first against the run, 13th against the pass, fourth in total yards, fifth in scoring and is tied for third in takeaways entering the week. This isn’t all on Foles and the offense. They are more than capable of limiting or completely shutting down an opponent.

Coming up short?
The one area of the offense that might be worth keeping an eye out moving forward is on third downs. The Eagles are third in the NFL with a 45.3 percent conversion rate, and Wentz just seemed to have a knack for making something happen even during third-and-long situations, often keeping the play alive or simply making a clutch throw.

Foles did find Nelson Agholor for a huge third-down conversion against the Rams, but Wentz has been uncanny in those situations. Foles is far less likely to extend a play with his feet, and he’s far more willing to make a safe throw to a checkdown receiver and live with a punt.

Perhaps more than anything else this season, that ability to keep drives alive was what made Wentz so dangerous and so difficult to defend. When it seemed the Eagles’ backs were against the wall, he’d throw a strike, or run around and find somebody or pick up the first down himself.

No matter what happens, the offense won’t be the same without Wentz. The guy is special. But on third down in particular, there was a feeling no distance was too far, and a conversion was inevitable – and on occasion, it would break the will of opposing defenses.

The Eagles better get used to the idea of running on first and second down to create manageable thirds, punting when it’s not there and playing defense. Foles will do fine, but he’s not quite an unstoppable force, unlike Wentz.