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Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far?

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Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far?

This week's edition of Roob Stats covers some historic run defense, more record-breaking from Jake Elliott, Carson Wentz's latest history-making performance and much more!

We start with some remarkable stats regarding the Eagles' run defense!

• The Eagles have allowed just 394 rushing yards in six games. That's the fewest they've allowed in their first six games since 1954 — a span of 63 years! They allowed 342 the first six games that year. The only other seasons they've allowed fewer rushing yards at this point of the season were 1943 (384 yards) and 1944 (393 yards).

• Those 394 rushing yards allowed are also the fewest any team has given up six games into a season since the 2010 Steelers allowed 382.

• The Eagles are only the 20th team in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards gained and fewer than 400 rushing yards allowed after six games and the first since the 2007 Titans.

• Kareem Hunt remains the only running back to rush for more than 35 yards against the Eagles this year. Of the 394 rushing yards against the Eagles, 122 were by quarterbacks and 32 by wide receivers. So opposing running backs have carried 82 times for 240 yards — which is 2.9 yards per carry and 40 yards per game.

• The Eagles have held four straight teams to 80 or fewer rushing yards. That equals their longest streak since 1992, when they did it five straight weeks. The franchise record is nine straight games, set over the 1990 and 1991 seasons. According to the Pro Football Reference database, that's the third-longest streak ever.

• The Eagles are on pace to allow 1,050 rushing yards this year, which would be the fourth-fewest since the league went to a 16-game season in 1978, behind only the 2000 Ravens (970), 2006 Vikings (985) and 2010 Steelers (1,004).

Going back farther, the 65.7 rushing yards per game the Eagles are allowing puts them on pace to allow the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game since 1940:

47.2 … 1942 Bears (519 in 11 games)

55.5 … 1944 Eagles (555 in 10 games)

60.6 … 2000 Ravens (970 in 16 games)

61.6 … 2006 Vikings (985 in 16 games)

62.8 … 2010 Steelers (1,004 in 16 games)

65.6 … 1964 Bills (918 in 14 games)

65.7 … 2017 Eagles (1,050 in 6 games)

How about some Carson Wentz nuggets?
• With just three interceptions in 207 pass attempts, Wentz has lowered his career interception ratio to 2.09 every 100 attempts. That is the eighth-best ratio in NFL history among quarterbacks who've thrown at least 750 passes. Just ahead of him? Former teammate and former Ram Sam Bradford (1.97). Just behind him? Current teammate and former Ram Nick Foles (2.10).

Here's the top 10:

1.55 - Aaron Rodgers

1.62 - Tyrod Taylor

1.77 - Colin Kaepernick

1.79 - Derek Carr

1.82 - Tom Brady

1.95 - Russell Wilson

1.97 - Sam Bradford

2.09 - Carson Wentz

2.10 - Nick Foles

2.11 - Neil O’Donnell

• Wentz had never thrown three touchdowns in a game and then he did it twice in five days with four against the Cards and three against the Panthers. He's the first Eagles quarterback to throw three TDs in consecutive games since Foles in 2013. Before that, Donovan McNabb did it twice and Bubby Brister did it in 1994.

• Wentz has had a passer rating of 90 or higher in four straight games, two shy of the franchise record of six set in 1980 by Ron Jaworski and matched in 2006 by  McNabb and 2010 by Michael Vick. The only longer active streak in the NFL is Alex Smith's streak of six straight games.

• With four TD passes against the Cards and three against the Panthers, Wentz matched the fourth-most TD passes in a two-game span in Eagles history:

10 - Nick Foles, 2013

8 - Adrian Burk, 1954

8 - Donovan McNabb, 2004

7 - Bobby Thomason, 1953

7 - Sonny Jurgensen, 1961

7 - Randall Cunningham 1989

7 - Donovan McNabb, 2005

7 - Carson Wentz, 2017

• Wentz's 13 touchdowns six games into a season equals the most by an Eagles quarterback in 57 years. Adrian Burk threw 14 in 1954 and Norm Van Brocklin threw 14 in 1960. Norm Snead (1967) and McNabb (2004, 2006) both also threw 13 in the first six games.

And the obligatory Jake Elliott stats!
• Elliott has made three field goals of at least 50 yards so far. David Akers, the greatest kicker in Eagles history and an Eagles Hall of Famer, never made three 50-yarders in a season for the Eagles …

• With 49 points in five games, Elliott is on pace for 156 points in 15 games this year. That would break the NFL rookie scoring record of 150 points set in 2014 by former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey. Elliott is also on pace for 36 field goals, which would break the NFL rookie record of 35, set in 1983 by Ali Haji-Sheikh of the Giants and matched in 2012 by Blair Walsh of the Vikings.

• Elliott leads the NFL with seven field goals from at least 45 yards. He's 7 for 8 from 45 and out. Only two other kickers have more than four field goals this year from at least 45 yards.

• Elliott has made three field goals of at least 50 yards. Only six kickers in Eagles history have made more. Elliott has played in five games.

Here's our first-ever Rasul Douglas stats section!
• Douglas and Patrick Robinson both picked off Cam Newton inside the 25-yard line Thursday night. This is the first time the Eagles had two INTs inside the opposing 25-yard-line in the same game in 14 years. On Oct. 5, 2003, in a game against the Redskins, Rod Hood picked off Pat Ramsey at the 23 and N.D. Kalu intercepted him at the 15.

• Another Rod Hood stat? Sure! Douglas and Jalen Mills on Thursday night became the first Eagles cornerback duo 23 years old or younger with INTs in the same game since Hood and Lito Sheppard victimized Jake Delhomme — also of the Panthers — at the Linc on Oct. 17, 2004.

And some miscellaneous Eagles stats!
• This one is courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman: With his three interceptions Thursday night, Cam Newton became the first quarterback ever to throw three INTs against the Eagles three games in a row. In fact, he's only the sixth QB with three total games against the Eagles with three or more INTs — and he's not even in their division. The others are Eli Manning and Bobby Layne (four games each with three INTs vs. the Eagles) and Troy Aikman, Joe Theismann and Billy Kilmer (three games).

• The Eagles have scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games. That's the third-longest streak in franchise history.

• Nelson Agholor's 72-yard TD against the Cards and 24-yarder against the Panthers made him the first Eagle with TDs of 20 yards or more in back-to-back games since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

• The Eagles are one of only six teams in the NFL that hasn’t lost a game by more than a touchdown this year. The others are the Chiefs, Bills, Falcons, Lions and Rams. Going back to last year, they’ve played 10 straight games without losing by more than a touchdown. That’s the third-longest current streak in the NFL and their longest since an 18-game streak in 2011 and 2012.

• The Chiefs have played 33 straight games going into Sunday without a loss of more than seven points (36-21 at the Bengals in 2015), and the Falcons have gone 11 straight.

Trey Burton denies report questioning his Eagles future

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Trey Burton denies report questioning his Eagles future

Several hours after an NJ.com report surfaced that the Eagles were unlikely to re-sign Trey Burton, the tight end denied it on Twitter.

Replying to a tweet about the report from former Eagles teammate Emmanuel Acho, Burton said he hasn't spoken to anyone.

NJ.com's Matt Lombardo reported Friday that the Eagles made Burton an offer that the soon-to-be-free-agent "didn't consider serious."

"We are fully expecting Trey to sign elsewhere," the source said.

It wouldn't be surprising whatsoever if Burton leaves in free agency. A team will likely pay him starter's money and offer him a chance to start, which he doesn't have here with Zach Ertz firmly entrenched.

The Eagles are over the projected salary cap, and while they could create space in numerous ways, they also have to worry about re-signing key linebacker Nigel Bradham.

6 ways for Eagles to create cap space

6 ways for Eagles to create cap space

The Eagles are coming off a thrilling season but there's a lot of work to be done. 

The NFL's new league year begins on March 14 and the Eagles must be under the salary cap by then. The problem is that based on projections, the Eagles are set to be more than $9 million over the cap, according to OverTheCap. So it's time for some maneuvering. 

The good news is that Howie Roseman's specialty has always been finding unique ways to get the Eagles out of cap trouble. There are ways for him to do it again.

Cut Torrey Smith 
Probably the easiest one. Smith was a great teammate and a solid addition to the Eagles' locker room, and he really stepped up his game in the playoffs, but it's probably not enough to bring him back. He just wasn't good enough last season, and cutting him would save the Eagles $5 million in cap room with no dead money. The Birds still have Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, while Mack Hollins is entering Year 2. 

Cut Brent Celek
This one will hurt, but Celek can take away the sting if he decides to walk away as a champion. He's set to have a cap number of $5 million. That's just way too much for what Celek provides these days. By cutting him, the Eagles would save $4 million in cap space. So just between Smith and Celek, the Eagles will almost get back to zero ... but there's other work to do. They'll still need money to sign free agents and draft picks. 

Extend Brandon Graham 
Graham is entering the final year of his contract with a cap number of $8 million. He wants a new contract and deserves one. Good news: An extension would work for both sides. Graham would get more money long term and the Eagles could get his cap number down this season. 

Rework/cut Vinny Curry
Curry is coming off of probably his best season in the NFL but will have an $11 million cap number. That's tough to swallow, especially with Derek Barnett waiting for his chance to start. It seems likely the Eagles will ask Curry to take a pay cut or rework his deal. If not, cutting him would leave $6 million in dead money but would also save $5 million in cap room. 

Trade Mychal Kendricks
If you remember, Kendricks actually wanted a trade last offseason. Good thing that didn't happen. Kendricks ended up being a big part of the Eagles' success in 2017. Depending on what happens with Nigel Bradham in free agency and with Jordan Hicks' Achilles recovery, trading Kendricks might again be an option. A trade would save $4.4 million in cap space. 

Trade Nick Foles 
This is such a tough one — we explore it more here. But basically, Foles is a pretty amazing insurance policy until we know when Carson Wentz is going to be ready. If the Eagles do trade Foles, it would save them $5.2 million that they could certainly use. The problem is that by the time they know Wentz's status, free agency will be long gone and that cap space won't help this year. But it could help in 2019.