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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.

Film Review: Eagles go back to same play with Nick Foles

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Film Review: Eagles go back to same play with Nick Foles

Arguably the best and worst play in the Eagles' 43-35 win Sunday over the Rams came on the same call from Doug Pederson. 

The interception in the first quarter and the key 3rd-and-8 conversion late in the fourth were nearly identical. Carson Wentz was the quarterback for the first one, Nick Foles ran the second. 

Give credit to Pederson. The play clearly didn't work the first time, but he went back to it at a pivotal moment in the game. That's trusting the play and trusting the backup quarterback. 

Let's first take a look at that early interception: 

 

It's 3rd-and-5 from the Eagles' 30-yard line. Wentz is in shotgun with LeGarrette Blount flanking him. One tight end on the same side. Alshon Jeffery at the top of the screen, Torrey Smith at the bottom. Nelson Agholor (circled) is being given a cushion by Rams cornerback Nickell Roby-Coleman. The aptly named cornerback is the Rams' slot corner in their nickel package. 


The running back and tight end stay in to block, which creates a lot of room in the middle of the field for Agholor vs. Roby-Coleman. Wentz is locked in. The Eagles need to get to the 35-yard line for a first down, so Agholor reaches the top of his route at the 39, before cutting back. 

You can see there's not much of a window here, but this is a back shoulder throw that has to be perfect. 

It's a tight window, and although Wentz hits Agholor in the hands, Roby-Coleman is able to get a paw in there to deflect it to Kayvon Webster, who broke toward the play. Webster picked off the ball on the deflection and the Rams took over in Eagles' territory and scored a few plays later. 

So the play didn't work the first time. Had the throw been absolutely perfect and if Agholor could have made a great catch, it would have. But this is a play that has to be perfect to work. 

The next time, it was. 

This probably looks pretty familiar. It's 3rd-and-8 from the Eagles' 23-yard line. With 1:52 left in a two-point game, they know if they pick up this first down, they can pretty much run down the clock and escape Los Angeles with a win. This is huge. 

Same play. This time, Foles is in shotgun with Blount next to him. The tight end on the same side; both will block again. Jeffery and Smith are the wideouts. But we'll focus on Agholor (circled). He's against Roby-Coleman again and has that cushion. 


Foles is locked on Agholor, just like Wentz was in the first quarter, but there's just not much separation. Really, there's no separation. Roby-Coleman plays this really well. 

Foles needs his pass to be absolutely perfect. He needs to put it in a spot where only Agholor can catch it. 

How's this for perfect? 

On this particular play, Foles actually threw a better pass than Wentz did in the first quarter. Now, Foles obviously isn't going to be Wentz, but this pass should at least give fans some confidence. 

And confidence isn't lacking. At an absolutely pivotal moment of the game, Pederson went back to a play that produced an interception the first time. And he went back to it with his backup quarterback who hasn't really played much all season. It was gutsy, it worked out and it shows the head coach's confidence in his new QB.

On Wednesday, Pederson pointed out Foles and Agholor were able to complete this pass after not working together all week or all season. All those reps have been going to Wentz. Now, Foles will get the chance to work with Agholor and the other starters the rest of the way. 

Report: Carson Wentz has surgery on torn left ACL

Report: Carson Wentz has surgery on torn left ACL

Carson Wentz underwent surgery Wednesday on his torn left ACL, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Bradley, a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic knee specialist, per Mortensen.

The typical recovery timetable for an NFL player with a torn ACL is 9-12 months. 

Two days after Wentz suffered the depressing injury in Los Angeles, he was at the Eagles’ practice facility Tuesday helping Nick Foles game plan for the Giants, even though it was the players’ day off (see story).

While Wentz recovers, the Eagles anticipate he’ll put on his “coaching hat” and do what he can to assist the offense.