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Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

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Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

Following Sunday's 37-9 win over the Cowboys, Reuben Frank has crunched the numbers like only he can to come up with the following stats you would have never even known existed.

Did you know the Eagles have more wins in the last 59 days than the Browns have in the last 1,115 days?

Really, really good teams and really, really bad teams make for the best stats. Combine the two and that's what you get!

But let's just focus on the Eagles for the rest of today's edition of Roob's Stats. There's some crazy stuff in here!

The Jay Ajayi Section
• Jay Ajayi's 71-yard run in the third quarter of the Eagles' win over the Cowboys was the Eagles' longest run from scrimmage since Brian Westbrook’s 71-yarder vs the. 49ers in 2006 and matched the longest since Brian Mitchell's 85-yarder vs. the Falcons in 2000. It was the ninth-longest run in Eagles' history and second-longest that didn’t go for a touchdown behind only Leroy Harris’s 80-yarder vs. the Falcons in 1979.

• Ajayi is only the third player in NFL history to record consecutive games with 77 or more rushing yards on eight or fewer carries. The other two were Warren Wiliams with the Steelers in 1990 and former Eagle Felix Jones with the Cowboys in 2009.

• Ajayi is the first Eagle with runs from scrimmage of 45 yards or more in back-to-back games since Ricky Watters in 1996 — 52 yards against the Lions, 57 yards against the Falcons.

 The Corey Clement Section
• Corey Clement’s sixth red-zone touchdown of the year came on his 10th red-zone touch. Clement ranks seventh in the NFL in red-zone touchdowns but 42nd in red-zone touches.

• Clement’s six TDs this year are the fourth-most ever by an Eagles rookie running back and the most since 1953 when Don “Heartbeat” Johnson had seven. Since 1950, only 11 undrafted rookie running backs league-wide have had more touchdowns in a season than Clement.

• Clement is only the second player in Eagles history to score six touchdowns in his first 10 career games. The other is Jordan Matthews.

The Carson Wentz Section
• With no interceptions in his last two games and just three in his last eight, Carson Wentz has improved his career interception ratio to 2.05 [per 100 passes]. That's ninth-best in NFL history. Just ahead of him? Sam Bradford (1.97). Just behind him? Nick Foles (2.10).

• Carson Wentz has now gone six straight games with two or more TD passes and one or fewer INTs. Only eight QBs in NFL history have had longer streaks — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matt Stafford, Brett Favre, Russell Wilson and Len Dawson.

• Wentz is the sixth quarterback in NFL history to open a season with 10 straight games with a passer rating of 83.0 or higher. The other five are Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers.

• Wentz is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 25 or more touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions 10 games into a season. The others are Brady, Rodgers and Y.A. Tittle.

The Dak Prescott Section
• Dak Prescott has thrown four career interceptions before halftime. Three of them have come against the Eagles (Jordan Hicks last year and Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod Sunday).

• Prescott, who has the best interception ratio in NFL history, was picked off three times by the Eagles in the span of 44 minutes Sunday after throwing just eight INTs in his previous 25 career games. In his career, he's averaged one interception every 19.5 attempts against the Eagles (4 in 78 passes) and one every 100.1 attempts against every other team combined.

The Miscellaneous Offense Section
• The Eagles are only the 16th team in NFL history to win eight straight games and score 26 points or more in all eight of them. 

• Ajayi [91 yards], LeGarrette Blount [57] and Clement [50] are the first Eagles running back trio to rush for 50 yards in the same game since Oct. 22, 1961, when Billy Ray Barnes [89], Timmy Brown [66] and Ted Dean [76] did it in a 43-7 win also at Dallas. That game was across town at the Cotton Bowl.

 The Miscellaneous Defense Section
• The Eagles have now gone 12 straight games without allowing a first-quarter touchdown. The streak is their longest since they held 13 straight opponents without a first-quarter touchdown to open the 1971 season.

• Rodney McLeod recorded an interception in his third straight game, becoming the first Eagle to do that since Asante Samuel in 2010 and the first Eagles safety since Brian Dawkins in 2004.

• The Eagles have held six straight opponents under 35 percent on third-down conversions, the first time that's happened since 2008.

• The Eagles haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 20 games, the longest current streak in the NFL and the Eagles’ longest streak since a stretch of 48 games over the 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 seasons. Emmitt Smith ended that with 163 yards.

The Eagles-Crush-the-Cowboys Section
• The Cowboys have lost 22 games by 23 or more points since 2000. Eleven of those 22 losses — exactly half of them — have been to the Eagles.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the first team in 55 years to shut out the Cowboys in a second half while scoring 30 or more points. The last time that happened the Cardinals blanked the Cowboys 37-0 in the second half of a 52-20 win.

• The Eagles have won three straight games by 23 or more points for the first time since 1953. That matches the 12th-longest streak in NFL history. The record is five straight games, set by the 1949 Eagles and matched by the 1953 Eagles. The Frankford Yellow Jackets had a four-game streak in 1924.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the 19th team in NFL history and 10th in the last 50 years to win a game by 28 or more points after trailing at halftime. The Eagles had never done that. The last time the Cowboys lost by 28 or more points after leading at halftime was Dec. 9, 1962, when they led the Cards 20-14 at halftime before losing 52-20 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Eagles Stay or Go — The Joneses

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Eagles Stay or Go — The Joneses

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.

Donnie Jones
Roob: Jones turns 38 before camp starts and goes into his 15th NFL season out of LSU next year. Jones, who hasn't missed a game since 2004, is as reliable as ever. Including the postseason, he had 26 punts inside the 20-yard line and just six touchbacks. In five years here, he's established himself as the greatest punter in Eagles history. His 45.3 average and 40.6 this past year were very good. They'll drag a guy in to compete, but Jones is still terrific.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Jones is 37 now but he's a punter and he doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Before the 2016 season, Jones said he wasn't interested in retiring any time soon and there doesn't seem to be much of a reason to stop yet. He had another good season in 2017. Of course, the Eagles proved that no one is immune from the business of the NFL when they decided to go with Rick Lovato over Jon Dorenbos in 2017, but Jones is still a really good punter. During Super Bowl week, Jones got a kick out of hearing he was the only Eagles player who was able to have a legal drink when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl. Jones joked that's probably what he was doing. 

Verdict: STAYS

Sidney Jones
Roob: 
It'll be fun to see what Jones can do with a full healthy offseason and training camp. Along with Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas and Ronald Darby, he's a big part of the most talented young stable of cornerbacks the Eagles have ever had. Where does everybody fit in next year? We'll see. But I expect Jones to be here and playing at a high level for years to come.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: It was probably a pretty good thing for the young corner to get some experience toward the end of his rookie season. Fans should be excited about Jones if he really is back to being the player he was before his injury. Because before he tore his Achilles at the Washington pro day, Jones might have been the very best cornerback in a deep cornerback draft. The Eagles have a little logjam at the cornerback position; what a great problem to have. 

Verdict: STAYS

Eagles Stay or Go —2 big contracts and a fringe player

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Eagles Stay or Go —2 big contracts and a fringe player

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.

Tim Jernigan
Roob:
 Jernigan had a very good first half, an OK second half of the season and really didn't do a lot in the postseason, and there's no doubt the Eagles would like to see him maintain his level of consistency throughout the season. But he's certainly not going anywhere, not with $11 million in dead money vs. a $5 million cap hit. Jernigan's talent is undeniable. He just needs to find a way to keep it going through the year.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: I was a little surprised about how little Jernigan played in 2017. He played just 48 percent of the Eagles' snaps and in the playoffs, he played about as much as Beau Allen. Now, I know Jernigan dealt with an ankle injury throughout most of the year, so maybe that played a role. But for a guy who signed a four-year extension worth $48 million during the year, I really didn't see enough. He started off the season really strong, but then seemed to level off some. Maybe the ankle had something to do with that. In any case, he's now signed through 2021. The Eagles need more out of him. 

Verdict: STAYS

Lane Johnson 
Roob:
 We finally saw what Lane Johnson could do with a full season, and it was impressive. Johnson was named first-team All-Pro and made his first Pro Bowl team, and he deserved all of it. Johnson, suspended two of the last three seasons for testing positive for banned substances, was a beast at right tackle. He's not going anywhere for a long time.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: That was the season we've all been waiting for from Johnson. He was a dominant right tackle in 2017 and finally made it to his first Pro Bowl roster. He deserved it. For a long time, there's been a stigma about playing right tackle and that makes sense on its face. Protecting the quarterback's blindside has historically been more important, but defenses have adjusted. That's why guys like Von Miller, DeMarcus Lawrence, Justin Houston and Joey Bosa generally rush against right tackles. Johnson shut down those guys and more last season. It's a big reason why the Eagles didn't move him to left tackle when Jason Peters went down. That was the right call. 

Verdict: STAYS

Marcus Johnson
Roob: Johnson stuck on the active roster all year and got into 10 games, catching five passes for 45 yards. But wide receiver depth is certainly one area the Eagles will try to upgrade this offseason. Johnson will get a long look with the other young receivers in camp, but he faces an uphill battle. He's got good speed, size and athleticism, but can he put it all together and catch the ball consistently enough to stick around another year? We'll see.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The young wide receiver had a great spring and summer a year ago to earn his spot on the roster. He really worked his tail off to get better and the Eagles rewarded him with a roster spot. From there, he carved out a role on offense. He was the Eagles' receiver in their 13 personnel (three tight ends) package for much of the early season. But then in late November, Johnson lost his active spot to Shelton Gibson, who didn't play as big a role on offense but was a better special teamer. That was a shock to Johnson at the time. He'll have a shot to make the roster this year, but losing his job on Sundays in 2017 isn't a good sign. 

Verdict: GOES