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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.

Roob Stats: Carson Wentz and third-down dominance

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Roob Stats: Carson Wentz and third-down dominance

We start out this week's Roob Stats — not surprisingly — with a big stack of Carson Wentz facts, figures and numbers.

And we've also got some LeGarrette Blount stats, third-down trends, Nelson Agholor numbers and much more! 
 
Dive in!
 
• Wentz's four TD passes marked the first four-TD game by an Eagles quarterback since Nick Foles had seven against the Raiders in 2013 and it was the first one at home since Donovan McNabb had four against the Cards on Thanksgiving Day in 2008.
 
• Wentz became the sixth quarterback in Eagles history to complete 70 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and 300 yards. McNabb did it four times, Norm Snead twice and Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham and Nick Foles once each.
 
• Wentz had one 50-yard TD pass to a wide receiver in his first 20 career games. He had two against the Cards.   
 
• Wentz had three touchdown passes on third down all of 2016. He had three Sunday.
 
• Wentz has already converted more 3rd-and-10s (or longer) this year than all of last year. In 2016, Wentz had seven passing first downs on 3rd-and-10, and he already has eight this year.
 
• Wentz on third down this year has completed 37 of 52 passes (71.2 percent) for 574 yards with six touchdowns, one interception and a 137.8 passer rating. He's first in the NFL on third down in passing yards, touchdowns, first downs and passer rating and third in accuracy (behind Alex Smith and Josh McCown).
 
• Wentz already has more 50-yard completions in 177 pass attempts this year (four) than all of last year in 607 pass attempts (three).
 
• With his seventh career 300-yard game, Wentz is tied for second in most 300-yard games by a quarterback in his first 21 career starts. Kurt Warner had 13. Marc Bulger, Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Luck and Mark Rypien also had seven.
 
• With his third straight win, Wentz improved his career record to 11-10 and became only the seventh quarterback in Eagles history with a winning record (minimum of 20 starts). He joins Donovan McNabb (91-52-1, .635), Nick Foles (16-10, .615), Randall Cunningham (64-47-1, .576), Rodney Peete (16-12, .571), Norm Van Brocklin (19-16-1, .542) and Ron Jaworski (69-68-1, .504).
 
And some stats on big plays …
• Nelson Agholor's 72-yard TD catch and Torrey Smith's 59-yarder were the first pair of 50-yard TD catches the Eagles have had in the same game in 11 years, since Correll Buckhalter had a 55-yarder and Donte Stallworth an 84-yarder from Donovan McNabb in a game in 2006 against the Redskins. They were the first WR duo with 50-yard TDs since 2004, when Todd Pinkston and Terrell Owens each had 59-yarders from McNabb in a game at Dallas.
 
• Agholor is the only player in the NFL so far this year with two TD catches of 50 or more yards.
 
• With three career 50-yard TD catches, Agholor becomes only the fifth Eagle with three TD receptions of 50 yards or more before his 25th birthday. DeSean Jackson had eight and Ben Hawkins five, and Harold Jackson and Jeremy Maclin also had three.
 
• Kenjon Barner's 76-yard punt return Sunday in his second game back with the Eagles is the longest punt return in franchise history that didn't go for a touchdown. The previous long was Brian Westbrook's 64-yarder against the Seahawks at the Linc in 2007.
 
A few LeGarrette Blount stats …
• Blount became only the fifth player in NFL history in his 30s to record three straight games with 10 or more carries with an average of 5.3 yards per carry. The others are Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson of the Steelers in 1962 and 1964, Garrison Hearst of the 49ers in 2001, Fred Taylor of the Jaguars in 2007 and Fred Jackson of the Bills in 2011.
 
• Blount's 5.8 average is the third-highest ever after five games by a running back in his 30s (with a minimum of 50 carries). The only higher averages were recorded by James Brooks of the Bengals in 1989 and one-time Eagles second-round pick Charlie Garner of the 49ers in 2002.
 
• That 5.8 figure is also the second-highest ever by an Eagle after five games (minimum 50 carries) behind Brian Westbrook's slighter better 5.8 in 2007 (Blount is 5.77, Westbrook 5.79). Shady was also at 5.8 in 2011 (5.75).
 
How about some third-down stats!
• The Eagles have converted 50 percent of their third downs four times already this year. Last year they only converted 50 percent of their third downs once.
 
• The Eagles are only the fourth team in the last 27 years (as far back as Pro Football Reference third-down stats are available) with four games over 50 percent five weeks into the season. The others are the 2013 Broncos and 2014 Cowboys and Chiefs.
 
• The Eagles' 53.4 percent conversion rate so far this year is 15th-best by any team after five games since 1991. The only other time the Eagles were over 50 percent five games into the season was 1994, when they were converting at a 51.2 percent rate.
 
• On 3rd-and-10 or longer, the Eagles are 11 for 26 for an NFL-best 42.3 percent. They are actually more successful converting 3rd-and-10 or longer than 23 of the 31 other teams on 3rd-and-ANYTHING.
 
• The Eagles have already converted more 3rd-and-10's this year (11) than all of last year (9), when they were 9 for 71 (12.7 percent).
 
And some miscellaneous stuff I looked up instead of sleeping …
 • With Marcus Johnson and Corey Clement both recording their first career reception against the Cards, this game marked the first time since at least 1950 — as far back as game-by-game records are available — that two undrafted Eagles had their first career reception in the same game.
 
• The Eagles have held the ball over 35 minutes in each of their last three games. The last time they did that was Week 3-5 of the 1990 season against the Rams, Colts and Vikings.
 
• The Eagles have already had possession for 35 minutes or more four times this year and nine times in 21 games under Doug Pederson. The longest they ever held the ball under Chip Kelly was 34:02 against the Saints in 2015. This is the first time they've ever had the ball for 35 minutes or more four times the first five weeks of the season.
 
• The Eagles' time-of-possession average of 35:32 is their highest after five games since 1994 (37:01) and the 11th-highest by any NFL team after five weeks since the league started tracking these things in 1983.
 
• Zach Ertz has caught five or more passes in six straight games going back to last year. That's the longest streak by an Eagle of games with five or more receptions since Irving Fryar had nine straight games back in 1996.
 
• Eagles have held three straight teams to fewer than 60 rushing yards. Last time that happened was 1994.
 
• The Eagles have more than twice as many rushing yards this year (694) as they've allowed (314). This is only the second time that's been true after five games since 1955. It also happened in 1992.
 
• With three straight games with 120 or more rushing yards gained and 65 or fewer rushing yards allowed, the Eagles are one game shy of the NFL record of four such games (shared by two teams in the 1940s, one team in the 1960s and the 1997 49ers).

Roob Stats: Numbers behind LeGarrette Blount's beastly performance

Roob Stats: Numbers behind LeGarrette Blount's beastly performance

We begin this week's Roob Stats with a few notes on LeGarrette Blount's 16-carry, 133-yard performance Sunday:
 
• With 133 rushing yards at 30 years and 301 days old, Blount became the oldest Eagle ever to rush for at least 130 yards in a game. The previous oldest player to run for 130 yards was Brian Westbrook, who ran for 167 yards against the Falcons at 29 years, 54 days.
 
• Blount’s 8.5 average is highest by an Eagle with 15 or more carries since Bryce Brown was 19 for 178 (9.4 average) vs. the Panthers in 2012.
 
• Blount is the first NFL player in his 30s to rush for 130 or more yards with an average of 8.5 or higher since another Eagle did it seven years ago. Michael Vick averaged 13.0 yards a carry (10 for 130) against the Giants in 2010 in the huge comeback win at MetLife Stadium. 
 
• Blount's 68-yard run from scrimmage was the longest run by an Eagle since Brian Westbrook's 71-yarder against the 49ers in 2006. It was the longest fourth-quarter run by an Eagle since Brian Mitchell's 85-yarder against the Falcons in 2000.
 
• And finally this: Blount's run was the longest non-scoring run by an Eagle in 38 years, since Leroy Harris had an 80-yarder against the Packers in 1979.
 
And some notes on new kicker Jake Elliott …
 
• With his 53-yard field goal a week after his record-setting 61-yarder, Elliott became the first Eagles kicker to make a 50-yarder in consecutive weeks since Tom Dempsey in 1971. Dempsey made a 54-yarder vs. Detroit and then a 50-yarder vs. Giants.
 
• Elliott made four field goals in all Sunday, from 40, 45, 47 and 53 yards. He's the first Eagle to make four field goals from 40 yards or more in a game since David Akers against the Bears in 2004 (40, 42, 42, 51) and the second ever.
 
• Elliott is also only the third kicker in Eagles history with at least two career field goals from 53 yards and out. David Akers made three (in 188 games) and Caleb Sturgis made three (in 30 games). Elliott has two in three games. Despite playing just three games in an Eagles uniform, he's responsible for two of the 12-longest field goals in franchise history.
 
And a few Zach Ertz notes:
 
• With his five catches for 81 yards, Ertz now has 26 catches for 326 yards in four games. Only seven other tight ends in NFL history have reached those benchmarks four games into a season: Don Stonesifer (in 1953), Ben Coates, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, Jason Witten, Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates.
 
• Ertz's 273 receptions are seventh-most ever by a tight end in his first 65 games, behind Kellen Winslow Sr. (348), Kellen Winslow Jr. (320), Jimmy Graham (316), Rob Gronkowski (308), Antonio Gates (298) and Mike Ditka (280).
 
• Ertz's 3,166 receiving yards are also eighth-most by a tight end in his first 65 games, behind the same seven guys.
 
Some stuff on the Eagles' running game:
 
• The Eagles have consecutive games with 12 or more rushing first downs for the first time since Week 4 & 5 of the 1994 season, when they had 13 vs. the 49ers and 14 vs. the Redskins.
 
• With 193 rushing yards against the Giants and 214 against the Chargers, the Eagles have consecutive games with 190 or more rushing yards for the first time since 2011 (192 vs. the Redskins, 239 vs. the Cowboys) but only the third time since 1994. Last time they had three straight such games was in 1978.
 
• Similarly, with 39 and 42 rushing attempts the last two weeks, this is the first time they've had 39 or more runs in back-to-back games since 2008 -- 40 in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Cards and then 42 vs. the Giants -- and only the second time since 1994.
 
And some more random stuff:
 
• With the Chiefs' win over the Redskins Monday night, Andy Reid and his former assistant coaches have a combined 17-7 record this year:
4-0 Andy Reid, Chiefs
3-1 Doug Pederson, Eagles
3-1 Ron Rivera, Panthers
3-1 Sean McDermott, Bills
2-2 Todd Bowles, Jets
2-2 John Harbaugh, Ravens
 
And considering that there have been three games where those guys coached against each other -- Reid beat Pederson, Rivera beat McDermott, McDermott beat Bowles -- Reid and his staff are actually 14-4 against coaches who are not part of the Andy Reid coaching tree.
 
• The Eagles have allowed 52 fourth-quarter points so far. Only 18 teams in NFL history have allowed more fourth-quarter points through four games. Only one of those 18 made the playoffs [1980 Vikings].
 
The Eagles are the fourth team in history to allow 52 fourth-quarter points through four games and have a winning record. The 1980 49ers, 1970 Packers, and 1985 Cards were also 3-1.
 
• Philip Rivers entered Sunday's game with the highest passer rating ever against the Eagles at 127.4 (minimum of 50 attempts) and even though that figure dropped to 120.2, it's still the highest ever against the Eagles. The next-highest QBs are Peyton Manning (114.6), Joe Montana (113.7), Matt Cassel (113.4), Milt Plum (110.8) and Bart Starr (110.3).
 
The next-highest active QBs are Aaron Rodgers (104.4), Andy Dalton (104.0), Matt Stafford (101.0), Russell Wilson (98.6) and Kirk Cousins (97.8).
 
• The Eagles had time of possession 37:32 against the Giants and 39:18 vs. the Chargers. This is only the second time in 20 years they’ve been at 37:30 or higher in consecutive games. They also did it against the Cowboys and Redskins in 2011.
 
• Corey Clement converted three first downs on the Eagles' final drive. He's the first Eagle with three rushing first downs in the final seven minutes of a game since Dion Lewis did it against the Redskins the last day of the 2011 season.
 
• The Eagles allowed 14 fourth-quarter points in Kansas City, 24 to the Giants and 14 to the Chargers. This is the first time in franchise history they've given up 14 or more fourth-quarter points in three straight games.
 
• With Eli Manning's 77-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard and Rivers' 75-yarder to Tyrell Williams, the Eagles have allowed TD passes of 75 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time in 52 years. In 1965, Jerry Rhome threw an 82-yarder to Hall of Famer Bobby Hayes in an Eagles win over the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl, and a week later Earl Morrall completed an 89-yarder to Homer Jones for the Giants in a win over the Eagles at Yankee Stadium.
 
• The Eagles have allowed seven TD passes of 75 yards or more in their last 49 games. They allowed five in their previous 240 games.