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Roob Stats: Ridiculous run D, Zach Ertz makes history and more

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Roob Stats: Ridiculous run D, Zach Ertz makes history and more

Here's a shock: This week's edition of Roob Stats doesn't lead off with Carson Wentz.
 
The Wentz numbers are astounding. But the Eagles' run defense stats are maybe just a little bit more astounding!
 
Run defense stats
• The Bears’ six rushing yards are the fewest the Eagles have allowed in a game in 71 years — since they held the Boston Yanks to minus-26 rushing yards in a 40-14 win on Dec. 8, 1946.
 
• The six yards were the Bears’ fewest in 65 years — since they had one  in a 31-7 loss to the Rams at L.A. Coliseum on Oct. 26, 1952.
 
• The Eagles have allowed 716 rushing yards so far this year, the seventh fewest in NFL history by any team after 11 games.
 
Wentz stats
• Wentz’s 28 touchdowns are the 15th most in NFL history after 11 games.
 
• Wentz’s 44 career TD passes are 12th most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 27 games.
 
• Wentz has had seven straight games with two or more touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions. Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have had longer streaks, including five first-ballot Hall of Famers — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Brett Favre, along with Matthew Stafford.
 
• Wentz is only the third quarterback in NFL history with 28 or more touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions after 11 games. The two others are Brady and Rodgers.

• Wentz has had a passer rating of 83 or higher in 12 straight games, the 10th-longest streak in NFL history.
 
Rushing margin stats
• The Eagles have out-rushed their opponent by 100 or more yards five times this year. The last team with more games with a rushing margin of 100 or more yards through 11 games was Buddy Ryan's 1985 Bears, who did it in six of their first 11 games.
 
• The Eagles are on pace to gain 2,359 rushing yards and allow 1,041 rushing yards. No team in NFL history has ever rushed for over 2,300 yards and allowed fewer than 1,100.
 
• The Eagles are the third team since 1947 with more than 1,600 rushing yards (1,622) and fewer than 800 rushing yards allowed (716) after 11 games.
 
Ertz stats
• Zach Ertz’s 10-catch game against the Bears Sunday was the fifth of his career, most in Eagles history. He had shared the record with Brian Westbrook.
 
• Ertz (seven), Nelson Agholor (six) and Alshon Jeffery (six) are the first trio of Eagles in franchise history with six or more touchdown receptions through 11 games.
 
• Ertz’s 10 catches gave him 300 in his career. It took him 71 games to get to 300, and only five tight ends in NFL history have gotten there faster — Winslow Sr. (57), Winslow Jr. (61), Jimmy Graham (62), Rob Gronkowski (64) and Antonio Gates (66).
 
• Only three tight ends in NFL history have had more 10-catch games than Ertz. Tony Gonzalez had 15, Jason Witten has 11 and Kellen Winslow Sr. six. Ertz is one of six tight ends with five.
 
Rushing stats
• The Eagles have rushed for 197, 215 and 176 yards in their last three games. It’s the first time since 1990 (and third time since 1951) they’ve rushed for 175 or more yards in three straight games.
 
• LeGarrette Blount has had four games this year with at least 12 carries and a per-carry average of 5.3 yards or higher. That's the fourth most in franchise history, behind Shady (six in 2011, five in 2013) and Westbrook (five in 2007).
 
• In NFL history, only nine running backs in their 30s have had more games with an average of 5.3 yards or higher, most recently Fred Jackson of the Bills in 2011.
 
• Blount is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and only 13 backs in NFL history in their 30s have had an average of 4.8 yards per carry based on a minimum of 10 carries per game.
 
Scoring stats
• The Eagles' streak of nine straight games with 26 or more points equals the eighth longest in NFL history. Their streak of seven straight games with 28 points equals the ninth longest in NFL history. And their streak of five straight with at least 31 points is the 11th longest in NFL history.
 
• The Eagles are the 12th team in NFL history to win nine straight games, scoring at least 26 points in all nine games.
 
Scoring margin stats
• The Eagles are the sixth team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to score 350 or more points and allow 200 or fewer points through 11 games. All five of the six previous teams to do it reached the Super Bowl.
 
• The Eagles are the first team since the 2004 Colts to win four straight games by 23 or more points. They’re only the fourth team to do it since 1953. The last team to win five straight by 23 or more points was the 1953 Eagles.
 
• The Eagles' streak of three straight wins by 28 or more points ties the second longest in NFL history. The 1942 Chicago Bears won four straight by 23 or more points.
 
Team defense stats
• The Eagles have held four straight teams to fewer than 240 yards of offense. The last time an NFL team had a longer streak was in 1992, when the Cowboys held five straight opponents to 240 or fewer yards. It’s the Eagles’ longest streak since seven straight in 1954.
 
• The Eagles have held four straight opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating below 55. Last time that happened was 1954: Bob Clatterbuck, Bobby Layne, Al Dorow and Otto Graham.

Nightmare confirmed: Carson Wentz has torn ACL

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Nightmare confirmed: Carson Wentz has torn ACL

The nightmare was confirmed Monday by Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz is out for the season with a torn left ACL.

There was thought to be a chance Wentz avoided the worst-case scenario when he was involved in a collision in the end zone late in the third quarter of Sunday's win in Los Angeles, but the Eagles now face the reality of a playoff run without their superstar QB and leading MVP candidate.

More coming ...

Carson Wentz injury more proof Philly fan paranoia is real

Carson Wentz injury more proof Philly fan paranoia is real

Woe Is Us.

“The sports gods have something against us.”

“These refs are out to get us.”

“We always go up against the hot goalie.”

“Things are going too well, something bad is going to happen.”

Admit it, if you’re a Philadelphia sports fan, those words to some degree or another have come out of your mouth more than once. True, you could probably apply those paranoid rants to most sports cities. But today, you, the Philadelphia sports fan, have every right to feel like there’s a higher power conspiring against you.

Carson Wentz's injury is not a gut-punch, it’s a haymaker that just connected clean on the jaw and down went the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes. With Wentz under center, the Eagles were capable of beating any team. With Nick Foles, a playoff win or two is surely possible. The Birds have overcome serious injuries this season. Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks and Darren Sproles were major losses for this team, and to the players' and the coach’s credit, they have been able overcome them.

But with all due respect to those guys, including future Hall of Famer Peters, this is different — 57 years of championship futility went to 58 with 3:53 left in the third quarter last night in Southern California when Wentz's left knee got crunched.

Things were just too perfect. Second year, MVP-front-running quarterback, tough defense, head coach proving all the naysayers wrong, leading his team to the best record in the conference. A bye, home-field advantage, Minnesota here we come. Finally putting an end to the “How many rings do you have?” discussion. Dare to dream. It was all setting up too perfectly ... then boom.

If you grew up here or have lived here long enough, you bare the scars of Philadelphia’s sports past. Whether it’s the Phillies' collapse in 1964, Black Friday, Bernie’s eye, Leon Stickle, the Sixers up 3-1 in 1981, Randall’s knee in 1991, Joe Carter, JVR over Patrick Kane, Ryan Howard’s Achilles ... and that's just to name a few. The list could go on and on and on. The Philadelphia sports fan's paranoia is not unfounded. And here is yet the latest, shining example.

To be blunt, Wentz has brass balls. We didn’t need to see him stay in the game for four additional plays after his knee injury Sunday to know that. He stands in the pocket with defenses bearing down on him like no quarterback I’ve ever seen. His fearlessness is perhaps the greatest attribute of his many. He’ll dip his shoulder and take off out of the pocket like a running back. He’s strong enough to shrug off a would-be sack in the pocket and make an incomprehensible play. But the courage comes with a price and the bill came due. And you know what? It sucks. Only in Philadelphia can you have the irony of winning a wild road game with a backup quarterback against a really good team while clinching the division title ... and yet you’re somehow left feeling deflated.

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit The Frog once said. Truer words have never been spoken.