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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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One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

Earlier this month, Jason Kelce called Brandon Brooks “the best offensive lineman in the NFL.” 

Turns out, ProFootballFocus agrees.

On Thursday, PFF named Brooks the winner of its annual Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL. The Eagles were also named the best overall offensive line in the league. 

It’s an honor Brooks deserves after he was egregiously snubbed by voters for the Associated Press All-Pro team earlier this month. It was an absolute joke that Brooks wasn’t even named to the second team. No disrespect to Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda but Brooks was better than both of them this year. 

There’s no doubt that Brooks is the best right guard in the NFL. PFF thinks he’s the best overall OL in the league too. 

Here’s what they said about him:

“Brooks has been a perennially underrated player throughout his NFL career, whether it was playing in Houston or Philadelphia. Aside from a rookie season in which he played just 173 snaps, he has earned overall PFF grades of at least 74.0 every season since. Four of those six seasons before this one saw him top 80.0 overall, but this year he took his game to another level, earning an overall grade of 92.9. For years we have been making the case that he deserves Pro Bowl, and then All-Pro, recognition, and now he deserves to be acknowledged as the best offensive linemen in the game.”

While opinions are split on ProFootballFocus, their evaluations for offensive linemen are incredibly valuable. PFF has been able to give stats to a position that was previously stat-less. No, they don’t necessarily know assignments or the exact designs of plays, but they grade each and every play and that detailed analysis can take some of the human element out of giving these awards. 

When the All-Pro voters made their selections, they picked two guys at right guard in Martin and Yanda who have a longer history of playing at an elite level. PFF doesn’t care about that. They did their game-by-game, play-by-play evaluations and came to the conclusion that no other offensive lineman was better than Brooks this season. 

According to PFF, Brooks gave up just one sack and and 19 pressures on 647 pass snaps. That’s pretty impressive. But it’s even more impressive that Brooks was that dominant eight months after suffering a torn Achilles. 

For the start of next season, Brooks will be coming off a shoulder surgery, but there’s no doubt he should be able to return to his dominant form in 2020. 

The Eagles know what they have in Brooks. They signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a four-year extension during the season that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philadelphia through 2024.

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