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.

LeGarrette Blount has found a new home

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LeGarrette Blount has found a new home

A big piece of the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl season is moving on. 

Running LeGarrette Blount has signed with the Detroit Lions. Blount's deal will be for one-year, $4.5 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport

Blount, 31, was scheduled to visit the Lions on Friday and he didn’t leave without a new deal. He’ll reunite with Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who was the defensive coordinator in New England when Blount was there; the familiarity probably helped. 

Last offseason, Blount took his time deciding where he’d land. He didn’t sign with the Eagles until May and his contract was worth around $1 million. He apparently showed enough during 2017 to get a bigger deal this time around. 

After beginning the season as the Eagles’ primary runner, he eventually saw his role diminish after the Birds added Jay Ajayi through a trade. Still, Blount played in all 16 games and rushed for 766 yards during the regular season. More importantly, he had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII. Blount had a rushing touchdown in all three playoff games after having just two during the regular season. 

Perhaps more important than his contributions on the field, it was Blount’s unselfish nature that seemed to rub off on his teammates. When he and Alshon Jeffery were on board with that unselfish mindset, it seemed like the rest of the team followed. 

As recently as late February, Blount indicated he wanted to return to Philadelphia, where he really seemed to fit in the locker room and under running backs coach Duce Staley, whom Blount clearly respects. 

"Obviously I like it a lot there,” Blount said in February on NFL Network. “They like me a lot there. It's a mutual respect and a mutual agreement thing about how we feel about each other. Obviously, you guys know how I feel about the team, the guys; I love those guys.”

While Blount said he wanted to return to Philly, it was unlikely the Eagles could have (or would have) offered him the type of contract he’s getting from the Lions. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles still have Ajayi and Corey Clement under contract from last season. Kenjon Barner is a free agent. The running back position still seems up in the air, but the Eagles have a few months and a draft to figure it out. 

Looking back at trio of Eagles' 2016 extensions

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Looking back at trio of Eagles' 2016 extensions

Back in early 2016, just after Howie Roseman had been reinstated to his post of power, he pulled out some moves from the classic Joe Banner playbook. 

He tried to find value in projection. 

Within a nine-day span in early 2016, the Eagles signed Vinny Curry, Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson to lucrative five-year extensions. Since then, Ertz and Johnson have grown into Pro Bowl players, rendering their contracts relative bargains. 

Curry simply remained a good player, which is why he was cut on Friday afternoon

While Curry finally became a starter in 2017, he had just three sacks and the team drafted Derek Barnett and traded for Michael Bennett who was cheaper and better. It’s certainly not really a knock on Curry, who had his best professional season during the Eagles’ Super Bowl year. 

When Curry signed his five-year, $47.25 million extension in February 2016, he was just two years removed from his nine-sack season and was seen as a much better fit in the 4-3 scheme Jim Schwartz was bringing to town. So the Eagles paid Curry like he was going to play at a Pro Bowl level and it never happened. In that first year, the Eagles tried to peg him in as a starter opposite of Connor Barwin, but Brandon Graham outplayed him. After Barwin was gone, Curry became a starter, but was just good; not great. 

Meanwhile, the two other big contracts handed to Ertz and Johnson have clearly worked out. Cutting Curry really speaks more to the nature of NFL contracts these days than it does to the level of his play. 

Sure, Curry never played to the level of his contract, but the deals for Ertz and Johnson look much better. And unlike Curry, both of them had one year left on their rookie deals when the Eagles tried to gain value in re-signing them early. It’s worked out. 

Ertz was the first of the three to sign his five-year extension. His was worth $42.5 million and as a Pro Bowler in 2017, he’s beginning to outplay it. He’s now the fifth-highest-paid tight end in the league and he’ll continue to drop on that list as he plays out the next four years of that deal. The best part of Ertz’s contract is it wasn’t heavily backloaded, which has allowed the Eagles to restructure with him the last two offseasons to create some cap room. 

The second of the three big five-year extensions based on projections went to Lane Johnson. His deal was worth $56.25 million. Of course, Johnson’s suspension in 2016 was tough, but he rebounded to have an incredible 2017. He’s the highest-paid right tackle in football, but he’s 10th among all offensive tackles, which is a good value. 

Twenty days after Curry signed his deal, Malcolm Jenkins also got a five-year deal, but at that point he had already been a Pro Bowler, so his deal was more based off of production than projection. 

During that entire offseason, every single time Roseman was asked about the moves he made that offseason, he continually said the most important ones were the moves they made to keep their own players. That obviously included the projection deals for Curry, Johnson and Ertz. 

Sure, only two of the three ended up being bargains with tenable contracts. But even Curry was useful during the two years he played of his extension before the Eagles took the out they built into the deal. That’s not a bad hit rate.