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Nick Foles is a stat-lover's dream

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Nick Foles is a stat-lover's dream

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).

Doug Pederson's preseason comparison doesn't look so ridiculous now

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Doug Pederson's preseason comparison doesn't look so ridiculous now

When Doug Pederson said back in July that the 2017 Eagles "probably have more talent" than the Super Bowl Packers teams of the 1990s that Pederson played on, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Millions of eyebrows maybe.
 
The Eagles? Who hadn't won a playoff game since 2008 and were coming off a 7-9 record in Pederson's first season?
 
More talented than a team that went to the playoffs virtually every year from the early 1990s through the mid-2000s behind Hall of Famers Brett Favre and Reggie White and reached back-to-back Super Bowls in 1996 and 1997, winning one?
 
"I look back on my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs, those Super Bowl runs there," Pederson said on July 17.
 
"And do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?"
 
Seriously, Doug?
 
Six months later, Pederson's comments — which seemed so ridiculous at the time — don't seem so ridiculous, do they?
 
Because here are those 2017 Eagles, sitting 13-3 with a playoff win over the Falcons in the books and a berth Sunday in the NFC Championship Game against the Vikings despite a rash of injuries to some of their best players.
 
The Eagles haven't lost a game with postseason implications since Carson Wentz was lost for the season, and they're one home win from reaching their third Super Bowl.
 
Pederson, who had two stints backing up Brett Favre with the Packers — from 1996 through 1998 and 2001 through 2004 — was reminded of his comments Friday before practice.
 
"I don't have a crystal ball, obviously, and it's hard to predict," he said. "You'd love to sit here and go, 'Yeah, in the summer, (I thought we were) going to be 13-3 and win the NFC East.' You'd love to be in that situation, or 16-0, or whatever it might be.
 
"I did have a feeling back then when I made that statement that we could be, we had the potential to be a good football team because of the way we've practiced and the talent that we brought to the roster and the progression of Carson in his second year.
 
"And then defensively, the front, the way they performed, and the back end, I saw a lot of the same similarities. So you just have that gut feeling when I made that statement."
 
Back in July, when Pederson made those comments comparing the Eagles to the Packers, he tempered them by saying talent isn't always enough. It takes much more for a team to have success.
 
"I (said) it takes great coaching, teaching, mentoring to also have our guys prepared each week to be in this position," Pederson said. "So all of that has kind of culminated. I think you look back on it and you go, 'Wow, maybe it was a true type of thing.'
 
"But we just keep doing our jobs, keep doing what we've been coached to do. Players play what they can do and what's in their control, and we're here today."

Only 1 Eagle questionable for Sunday

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Only 1 Eagle questionable for Sunday

Veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) is the only Eagles player listed as questionable for this week's game. Everyone else on the 53-man roster is expected to be available. 

Ellerbe, 32, missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday and Friday. 

The Eagles' starting MIKE linebacker was also listed as questionable last week and was able to play, so expect him to be good to go. After all, this is the NFC Championship Game. There's no resting for anything else. 

In Minnesota, wide receiver Adam Thielen (lower back) and safety Andrew Sendejo (concussion) are both listed as questionable. 

Thielen, the Vikings' top receiver, missed Wednesday's practice and was limited on Thursday and Friday. Just like Ellerbe, there's no saving him for next week. 

Sendejo was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, was a full participant on Friday, but is still technically in the NFL's concussion protocol. He'll need to clear that before he's able to play, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he's optimistic Sendejo will be able to play. 

Meanwhile, third defensive tackle, Shamar Stephen (knee/ankle), missed practice all week and has been ruled out. While Stephen isn't a starter, he played just under 40 percent of the Vikings' snaps this season, so missing him is still a loss.

After practicing indoors on Wednesday and Thursday, the Eagles loaded up on buses and spent their Friday practice outside at Lincoln Financial Field. Head coach Doug Pederson likes to get his guys outside for at least one day per week. 

The Eagles will have a walkthrough on Saturday before they'll be back at the Linc for Sunday's 6:40 p.m. kickoff in the NFC Championship Game.