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10 unbelievable Eagles stats as we head into Dallas week

10 unbelievable Eagles stats as we head into Dallas week

Stats are a lot more fun when the Eagles are winning. So with the Eagles on their first two-game winning streak of the season, here's a fun look at the Eagles from a statistical perspective:
 
A running back rarity
Sunday’s game was the first NFL game in 54 years where both teams had a running back 33 or older with a rushing touchdown. The last time it happened was Oct. 18, 1964, when the Eagles beat the Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium. Alex Webster, who was 33, had a 1-yard TD run for the Giants and Ollie Matson, 34, had TD runs of 4 and 54 yards for the Eagles.
 
Peterson makes the wrong kind of history
Adrian Peterson on Monday night became the second player in NFL history with a 90-yard TD who didn’t rush for 100 yards. The only other one was Herschel Walker of the Eagles in 1994. Walker had a 91-yard TD but finished 3 for 98 in a 28-21 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Sproles still going strong
At 35 years, 167 days, Darren Sproles on Monday night became the oldest Eagle with a touchdown since tight end Mike Bartrum — 35 years, 178 days — on a three-yard TD catch from Mike McMahon vs. the Rams in 2005. Sproles is the oldest Eagle with a rushing touchdown since Matson vs. the Redskins in 1966 at 36 years, 231 days old.

Money from 40-and-out
Jake Elliott made two more field goals from 40 yards Sunday — both in the fourth quarter — and he’s now 23 for 28 in his career beyond 40 yards for 82.1 percent. Among kickers with at least 20 attempts, that’s third-highest in NFL history, behind only Harrison Butker of the Chiefs (84.0 percent) and Justin Tucker of the Ravens (82.5 percent). Fourth on that list is Will Lutz of the Saints (81.3 percent). Interesting that all four kick for current or former Eagles coaches.
 
More Elliott
Elliott is now 18 for 19 in his career in the fourth quarter, which makes him the third-most accurate fourth-quarter kicker in NFL history.

Here’s what that list looks like:

95.1 percent … Stephen Gostkowski [116-122]
94.9 percent … Matt Prater [93-98]
94.7 percent … Jake Elliott [18-19]
93.8 percent … Harrison Butker [15-16]
93.1 percent … Justin Tucker [81-87]

Rookie wonder
Since Week 8, when he started playing regularly, Josh Adams has the fourth-most runs of 18 yards or more in the NFL with five. Only Lamar Miller, Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny — all with six — have more. Adams has at least one 18-yard run in five straight games. The last Eagle with a longer streak of games with an 18-yard run is LeSean McCoy with eight straight from Week 5 through 12 of the 2011 season.

Lots of yards, not lots of points
The Redskins game was the Eagles’ ninth this year in which they’ve netted over 340 yards but scored fewer than 30 points. The most such games by any team in NFL history is 10, done most recently by the 2015 Saints and Ravens.

Shutting down the 'Skins
The Eagles held the Redskins to 10 first downs, their fewest in their last 84 meetings with Washington. The last time they allowed fewer was in 1976, when they allowed eight in a game the Redskins actually won, 24-0, at RFK Stadium.

Wentz moving up the list
Carson Wentz passed for 306 yards against the Redskins, his 13th career 300-yard game. Only Andrew Luck (19), Kurt Warner (17) and Dan Marino (16) have had more in their first three seasons.

The race to 10,000 yards
Wentz needs just 86 yards Sunday in Dallas to reach 10,000 passing yards for his career in his 40th career game. That would make him the seventh-fastest quarterback in NFL history to 10,000 yards.

Here are the fastest:

36 games … Kurt Warner
37 games … Matt Stafford
38 games … Marc Bulger
38 games … Andrew Luck
38 games … Dan Marino
39 games … Peyton Manning
40 games … Kirk Cousins
40 games … Jameis Winston
41 games … Blake Bortles
42 games … Jay Cutler
42 games … Cam Newton
42 games … Drew Bledsoe
42 games … Derek Carr
43 games … Carson Palmer
43 games … Andy Dalton
43 games … Daunte Culpepper
43 games … Joe Namath
 
More Ertz insanity
We outlined some of Zach Ertz’s crazy records earlier this week (see story), but here’s one leftover Ertz stat: In just 5 1/2 years, Ertz already has the third-most games with nine or more catches by an NFL tight end with 14. Tony Gonzalez (25) and Jason Witten (20) are the only tight ends ahead of him.

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Doug Pederson explains decision to replace practice with walkthrough

Doug Pederson explains decision to replace practice with walkthrough

Doug Pederson replaced Wednesday’s full-pads practice with a shirts-and-shorts walkthrough, an unusual but not unprecedented move but rare this early in the season.

Pederson said the walkthrough would be “much longer” than a typical day-before-the-game walkthrough, so it sounds like the Eagles will be out there as long as a real practice - or close to it -- but they’ll be running plays at a slower pace and working in shorts and shirts.

The Eagles had a very physical night game on a turf field in Atlanta Sunday night, didn't arrive back in Philadelphia until early Monday morning and are in the middle of three games in 12 days.

Pederson gave three reasons for the change:

1. If the Eagles ran a full practice, guys like DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert, who are all banged up, would not be able to participate. In a walkthrough, often described as “a meeting on the practice field,” it appears they will be able to. That’s a positive sign that the Eagles haven’t ruled those three out for Sunday.

2. For guys like receivers J.J. Arcega Whiteside and Mack Hollins and TE Alex Ellis, who could have larger roles than they’re used to, a walkthrough means they don’t have to spend valuable time running scout team.

3. After Sunday’s game against the Lions, the Eagles have a short week before facing the Packers on Thursday in Green Bay. A walkthrough helps in recovery when faced with two games in five days.

“I want these guys as fresh as possible obviously for these next two weeks,” he said. “I’ve got to think of the big picture here. It’s early in our season and keeping guys as fresh as possible now so we can make a push later in the season.”

The Eagles are coming off a loss in Atlanta that dropped them to 1-1, and they lost a bunch of guys to injuries during — and before — the game.

Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is out for at least several weeks, but Pederson seems optimistic that the rest of them — Jeffery (calf), Jackson (abdominal strain), Goedert (calf) and Corey Clement (shoulder) — at least have a chance to go Sunday.

If the Eagles had already ruled that group out, it wouldn’t make sense to adjust a practice to accommodate them.

Pederson since he got here has seemed to have a very good feel for what his team needs. When he needs to push them harder, when he needs to back off.

The Eagles are 4-0 in Thursday games under Pederson, although their two last year included the season opener — so they weren’t coming off a game — and a road game against the Giants.

One byproduct of a half-speed walkthrough is that players don’t get the aerobic benefit that they would get with a two-hour full-speed practice.

Pederson said he has to trust his players to get that work on their own over then next few days if they need it.

“I challenged the team this morning this way and my leadership council to really take it upon themselves to … stay mentally focused, mentally sharp,” Pederson said. “If they have to get any conditioning in between or after practice they do their own conditioning today, tomorrow and the rest of the week. But having a veteran group who can handle it does make it easier to adjust the schedule in this way.”

For the record, Pederson said Carson Wentz, who took a pretty good shot to the ribs Sunday, is fine and would have been a full participant if the Eagles had run a normal practice.

Interesting to note that Packers coach Matt LeFleur did the exact same thing as Pederson, according to Rob Demovsky, who covers the Packers for ESPN.

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Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz is fine, gives updates on injured Eagles

Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz is fine, gives updates on injured Eagles

Even though the Eagles canceled practice today and will instead have a walkthrough, they will still be required by league rules to put out an estimated injury report later in the day. 

For now, we have a few injury updates from head coach Doug Pederson. 

After practice was canceled and Carson Wentz’s media availability was pushed to later in the day, conspiracy theories swirled. After all, Wentz took quite a beating in Sunday night’s loss and was probably pretty sore the next morning. 

We’ll find out for sure from the injury report later, but Pederson on Wednesday morning was asked if Wentz would have practiced today had the Eagles held practice. 

“Carson?” Pederson responded bewildered. “Yeah.”

He’s fine?  

“Yeah,” Pederson responded. “Yeah, he’s fine.” 

But Pederson did have updates on some other Eagles who are injured: 

Tim Jernigan (foot): Jernigan broke his left foot on Sunday night, so this injury is the most significant from the Blue Tent Game. Pederson said, “Tim is going to be out a little bit longer” than some of their other injured Eagles. 

DeSean Jackson (groin), Alshon Jeffery (calf), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder): Jackson, Jeffery and Goedert were out early in Sunday’s game. Clement got hurt in the second half. 

“The other guys are more day-to-day,” Pederson said. “They’re doing well and we’ll have an update later in the week. Right now, that’s why we’re doing this type of a practice today, so we can get them out there.” 

Pederson said, as far as he knew, Goedert’s injury happened in warmups and Jeffery and Jackson were hurt in the first quarter. It’s worth noting, Goedert had the same calf injury during training camp. Tight end Alex Ellis was called up from the practice squad Tuesday. 

There have been some reports that Jackson and Jeffery could miss the next two games, but Pederson didn’t confirm those reports on Wednesday morning. 

“Both those guys are getting treatment, they’re rehabbing, they’re day-to-day,” he said. “We’ll see where they are at the end of the week, but not committing to that.”

The Eagles host the Lions on Sunday afternoon, but then play in Green Bay just four days later on Thursday Night Football, so even though Pederson wouldn’t confirm those reports, they pass the smell test. 

If the Eagles don’t have Jeffery or Jackson, they’re down to three healthy receivers: Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins. They also have Greg Ward and Marcus Green on the practice squad, so they can wait until later in the week to call one of them up.

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