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10 Roob stats in honor of Eagles' greatest punter

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10 Roob stats in honor of Eagles' greatest punter

Donnie Jones was already 33 years old and going into his 10th NFL season when he arrived in Philadelphia.

Five years later, he leaves as the greatest punter in Eagles history.

Jones, who announced his retirement Tuesday after 14 seasons (see story), goes out on top, having finished his career with one of the greatest seasons ever by a punter 37 years old and with a Super Bowl ring. 

I'll bet you didn't think I could come up with 10 Donnie Jones stats. Guess what!

1. Jones averaged 45.3 yards per punt this year, second-highest in NFL history by a punter 37 years or older. Shane Lechler, who replaced Jones in Houston after the 2012 season, is the only other punter to average over 45 yards per punt at 37 or older.

2. Jones’ average of 46.1 after he turned 35 is second-highest in NFL history by a punter after turning 35. Lechler averaged 47.8 after turning 35. Lechler replaced Jones in Houston after the 2012 season.

3. Jones had three seasons averaging 45 yards per punt after turning 35. Lechler had more than such season after turning 35. And only 10 other punters in NFL history even had one such season.

4. Jones punted seven times in the 2017 postseason. Five inside the 20, one touchback, one fair catch. And zero punt return yards. In his last 10 career games, Jones punted 41 times, allowing just 38 return yards. The Eagles this year became the first Super Bowl champion to not allow a single opposing punt return yard during the postseason since the 1990 Giants. Their punter was former Eagle Sean Landeta.

5. Jones’ 50,500 regular-season punt yards are seventh-most in NFL history. Stretched end to end, those punt yards would go from the Linc to West Chester.

6. Jones is one of 23 punters in NFL history to punt 1,000 or more times. His career average of 45.5 is third-highest of those punters, behind only Lechler (47.6) and Andy Lee (46.4).

7. Jones leaves the Eagles with the top four net punting averages in franchise history: 41.6 in 2015, 40.7 in 2016, 40.6 this past year and 40.5 in 2013. Next-highest is Sav Rocca’s 39.0 in 2010. 

8. Over the last eight years, Jones had nearly five times more punts inside the 20 as touchbacks (236 to 52). As an Eagle, he had 144 inside the 20 and 33 touchbacks.

9. Jones finished his career with eight seasons averaging 45.0 yards or better. Only Lechler (17 seasons) and Lee (10) had more such seasons. Thomas Morstead and Mike Scifres also had eight.

10. Jones’ 45.3 average this past season is third-highest ever by a punter in his 14th season, behind — of course — Lechler (47.6 in 2013) and Lee (47.3 this year). 

Did You Know? 10 more fascinating Eagles playoff facts

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Did You Know? 10 more fascinating Eagles playoff facts

Two weeks is really too much time between games. How to pass the time? How about another installment of Roob's 10 Random Eagles Playoff Facts You Probably Didn't Know! 

(Heck, I didn't know them either until I started looking stuff up so don't feel bad!)

• Did you know: The only Eagle ever with a sack and an interception in the same playoff game was Rashard Cook? Cook, a backup safety, sacked Jim Miller and intercepted his replacement, Shane Matthews, deep in Bears territory to set up a Duce Staley touchdown in the 2001 conference semifinal game at Soldier Field. Cook had only two interceptions and three sacks the rest of his NFL career.

• Did you know: Donovan McNabb and Ron Jaworski are the only modern Eagles quarterbacks to win more than one playoff game? McNabb won nine and Jaworski three. The only other Eagles QB to technically win more than one playoff game was Tommy Thompson, and considering that he completed only seven total passes in the Eagles’ 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship Games, I'm not sure he counts.

• Did you know: There are no active NFL players who have ever had a postseason interception in an Eagles uniform? The Eagles had two interceptions in the 2013 wild-card loss to the Saints, but Bradley Fletcher and DeMeco Ryans are both out of the league. They didn’t have any in the 2010 loss to the Packers. Their last INTs before the Saints game were by Quintin Mikell and Asante Samuel in 2008.

• Did you know: The Eagles-Lions wild-card game in 1995 is the highest-scoring non-overtime playoff game in NFL history? The only higher-scoring game was the Cards’ 51-45 overtime win over the Packers in 2009.

• Did you know: The Eagles haven’t rushed for 100 yards in their last six playoff games? Last time they rushed for 100 yards in the postseason was the 2006 loss to the Saints, when they had 123. Their six-game streak without 100 yards ties the longest in NFL postseason history. 

• Did you know: Nick Foles has the second-highest postseason passer rating in the NFL since 2003 (105.0) with a minimum of 30 attempts? Only Kurt Warner (117.4) is higher over the last 14 seasons.

• Did you know: The three quarterbacks with the lowest career completion percentage for the Eagles in the postseason — regardless of pass attempts — are Jim McMahon (0 percent), Mark Rypien (41.7 percent) and Norm Van Brocklin (45 percent) and all won a Super Bowl or NFC Championship?

• Did you know: The Eagles have scored only 11 first-quarter touchdowns in franchise history in the postseason? They’ve scored 78 total in the other quarters. They’ve never scored more than 10 first-quarter points in a postseason game and they did that only once. In their last 14 postseason games, they have just three first-quarter touchdowns. They were scored by Dorsey Levens, Freddie Mitchell and Donovan McNabb. 

• Did you know: From 2001 through 2004, only two NFL players had at least three postseason catches of 40 yards or more? And they were Deion Branch and Todd Pinkston. Only nine other players had at least two, including James Thrash and Greg Lewis.

• Did you know: In 21 home games in franchise postseason history, the Eagles have allowed only 11 rushing touchdowns, none over 10 yards and only three over four yards?

How Eagles' run D can make history Sunday

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How Eagles' run D can make history Sunday

Some good, some bad in this week's Roob's Stats. Don't worry … it's mostly good!

• The Eagles haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in their last nine home games. That's the 10th-longest streak in NFL history and five shy of the NFL record of 14, set by the 1995 and 1996 Steelers. Only four teams have gone an entire season without allowing a rushing TD at home — the 1942 Chicago Cards, 1977 Bills, 1985 Saints and 2005 Arizona Cardinals. 

• The Eagles' one third-down conversion Monday night was their fewest in 13 years since they went 0-for-8 in a loss to the Steelers in 2004 — their only loss that year with the starters in the lineup. This was the first game the Eagles won with just one third-down conversion since Nov. 18, 1990, when they beat the Falcons 24-23 despite going 1 for 9 on third down. Their one conversion in that game came on their first third down. They had a 3rd-and-5 on their first drive and Randall Cunningham converted it with a 10-yard pass to Keith Byars.

• With one TD pass and one INT, Nick Foles extended the Eagles' streak of games with one or more touchdown pass and one or fewer interception to 17, dating back to the end of last year. That's the third-longest streak in NFL history, behind the Falcons' 21-game stretch from 2015 through earlier this year and an 18-game streak by the 49ers over the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

• Zach Ertz's nine-catch game was his 12th career game with eight or more receptions. That's 12th-most in NFL history by a tight end and most in Eagles history by any player.

• Ertz locked up his third straight season with 70 or more catches and 800 or more yards. He and Travis Kelce are the only tight ends to do that in each of the last three seasons, and he's the first player in Eagles history to do it three straight years. Only seven tight ends in NFL history have had longer streaks with 70 catches and 800 yards.

• The Eagles have seven players with two or more interceptions — Patrick Robinson (four), Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby (three each) and Corey Graham, Rasul Douglas and Malcolm Jenkins (two each). This is the first time since 1991 they’ve had seven players with two or more interceptions. In 1991, it was Eric Allen (five), Wes Hopkins (five), Seth Joyner (three), Rich Miano (three), Byron Evans (two), Ben Smith (two) and Otis Smith (two).

• Derek Barnett's touchdown as the game ended Monday night was the first by an Eagles' rookie defensive lineman in 36 years, since Greg Brown recovered a Joe Theismann fumble and returned it four yards for a touchdown against the Redskins at the Vet on Sept. 27, 1981.

• The Eagles won despite netting just 219 yards of offense. That's their fewest yards in a win in 12 years, since they had 201 in a 17-16 win over the Rams in 2005 with Mike McMahon at quarterback at the Edward Jones Dome.

• Monday's game was the first in which the Eagles forced five turnovers in a half since the last day of the 1999 season, when they forced six in the second half of a win against the eventual Super Bowl-champion Rams at the Vet. Those six turnovers were a Mike Mamula interception of Kurt Warner, a Robert Holcombe fumble forced by Tim Hauck (now an Eagles assistant coach) and recovered by Barry Gardner, a Rashard Cook strip-sack of Joe Germaine recovered by Mamula, a Cook interception of Germaine, a Watson fumble forced by Gardner and recovered by Hauck and a pick-six off Germaine by Al Harris.

• If the Eagles gain 55 or more rushing yards and allow 61 or fewer rushing yards Sunday, they will become the fifth team in NFL history to gain 2,100 or more rushing yards and allow 1,200 or fewer rushing yards.