A new quarterback, the same old crazy stats!
Nick Foles isn't Carson Wentz, but he sure does fill up the box score. His four-touchdown, no-interception performance in his first start as an Eagle in four years was a stat lover's dream.
So we are Foles heavy in this week's edition of Roob Stats!
• With four touchdown passes against the Giants, Foles ended a 1,141-day drought without a touchdown pass in an Eagles uniform. But that’s not the longest gap in franchise history between touchdown passes. Keith Byars went 1,442 days (from Sept. 28, 1986, to Sept. 9, 1990) between TD passes to Mike Quick and Anthony Toney on halfback option plays, and A.J. Feeley went a few days longer — 1,471 days between TD passes to Todd Pinkston and Matt Schobel (Dec. 21, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2006).
• Foles now has 14 career games with a passer rating of 110 or higher. In NFL history, only four quarterbacks have had more games with a passer rating of 110 in their first 48 career games — Russell Wilson (21), Kurt Warner (17), Dan Marino (16) and Philip Rivers (15).
• Foles improved his career passer rating from 88.2 to 88.9 and improved from 22nd to 18th in NFL history, passing Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, Roberg Griffin III and Wentz.
• With Sunday’s game and his seven-TD game in Oakland in 2007, Foles is only the second Eagles quarterback with more than one career game with four or more TDs and no interceptions. Donovan McNabb had eight. Five others had one each — Randall Cunningham, Norm Snead, Bobby Thomason, Michael Vick and Wentz.
• Foles’ four TD passes against the Giants gave him 50 in his career with the Eagles. He moved from 12th to 11th place in Eagles history in TD passes, passing Wentz (49).
• With Wentz’s club-record 33 TD passes and four from Foles, the Eagles now have 37 touchdown passes with two games left. That’s the 11th-most touchdown passes in NFL history by a team after 14 games. And eight of the 10 previous teams had more INTs than the Eagles’ seven.
• Foles now has seven games in his career with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions (six with the Eagles, one with the Rams). Only three QBs have had more in their first 48 career games — Kurt Warner (nine) and Derek Carr, whose Raiders come to the Linc Monday night, and Dan Marino (eight each).
And a few non-Foles Eagles stats
• Jay Ajayi needs 179 rushing yards in the last two games to become only the second player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in which he played for two teams. Eric Dickerson did it in 1987 with the Colts and Rams. Ajayi had 465 yards with the Dolphins and has 356 with the Eagles.
• The Eagles have scored 26 or more points in 12 of 14 games. Only 11 teams in NFL history have scored 26 points in more games in a season.
• Zach Ertz’s 310 catches are sixth-most in NFL history by a tight end after 73 games, behind only Kellen Winslow, Sr. (406), Jimmy Graham (357), Rob Gronkowski (352), Kellen Winslow, Jr. (348) and Antonio Gates (326). His 3,559 yards are 10th-most after 73 games, behind behind Winslow, Sr. (5,238), Gronk (5,072), Graham (4,417), Jackie Smith (4,359), Mike Ditka (4,253), Gates (4,211), Winslow Jr. (3,901), Travis Kelce (3,853) and Ozzie Newsome (3,599).