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Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Jordan Howard and more in Roob's 10 mind-boggling Eagles stats

Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Jordan Howard and more in Roob's 10 mind-boggling Eagles stats

In this week’s edition of 10 stats you won’t believe, we cover Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and more!

Wentz joins a familiar name 
The last two visiting QBs to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs at Lambeau Field and beat the Packers? Wentz and Nick Foles. Foles did it during his 2013 Pro Bowl season. Wentz is only the 14th quarterback in Lambeau Field’s 63-year history to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs and beat the Packers. Among the others who have done it: Dan Fouts, Joe Montana, Randall Cunningham (with the Vikings), Brett Favre (with the Vikings) and Tom Brady. During those 63 years, the Packers have played 378 games at Lambeau.

Joining elite company 
Howard on Thursday became only the third opposing player with a three-touchdown game at Lambeau since 1976. DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers had four rushing TDs in 2008 and Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs had three rushing TDs in 2015. Only Howard and Williams did it in a win. 

Rare accomplishment for Howard 
Howard also became the first opposing player with a rushing TD and a receiving TD in the same game at Lambeau since Curtis Martin of the Jets in 2000. For the truly hard-core stat fans: The only visiting player other than Howard with three TDs at Lambeau including one each rushing and receiving was Willie Galimore of the Bears in 1958 … when it was still called New City Stadium.

Ertz rapidly climbing all-time list 
With 24 catches already this year, Ertz has increased his career total to 461. He’s passed Carroll Dale, Keith Jackson, Wesley Walls and Pete Retzlaff and tied Todd Christensen. He now has the 24th-most catches ever by an NFL tight end.

Thunder and lightning 
With Sanders rushing for 72 yards and a 6.5 average and Howard adding 87 yards and a 5.8 average, this was the first time the Eagles had two backs in the same game with at least 70 yards and an average of at least 5.5 since 2013, when Bryce Brown (115 yards, 12.8 average) and LeSean McCoy (18 carries, 7.4 average) did it against the Bears at the Linc.

I can see for Miles and Miles 
Sanders’ 445 all-purpose yards are 7th-most among active running backs in their first four career games, behind only Adrian Peterson (669), Kareem Hunt (659), Darren Sproles (535), Todd Gurley (497), Ezekiel Elliott (456) and his former college teammate, Saquon Barkley (453). He’s second in all-purpose yards through four games in Eagles history, behind only DeSean Jackson. The previous high for a running back was Ted Dean’s 430 in 1960.

Wentz coming up big 
Wentz has thrown two or more touchdowns in 21 of his 28 games since the start of 2017. Only Russell Wilson (28 in 36 games) and Philip Rivers (24 in 36) have more 2-TD games than Wentz since 2017, and Wentz has missed eight games. In all, Wentz has 26 2-TD games. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino (33), Kurt Warner (30) and Johnny Unitas (27) had more in their first 44 career games.

Bend but don't break 
The Eagles beat the Packers despite being outgained by 155 yards. They had won only 10 of 123 previous games in franchise history in which they were outgained by 155 or more yards.  

A rarity for Bradham 
Before Nigel Bradham’s interception, Aaron Rodgers had thrown one fourth-quarter interception in his previous 336 attempts. During that span, he was 215-for-340 for 2,725 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Goal-line stands 
The last time the Eagles had two goal-line stands in the same game allowing no points on drives inside the 5-yard-line was Sept. 12, 2004, when they stopped the Giants twice in a 31-17 win. On Thursday they did it twice in the game's final five minutes.

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NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

With the 2020 NFL Draft just weeks away, now is the time to start scouting your first round bets - if you haven't already.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a breakout 2019 season, teaming up with Joe Burrow for monster numbers - 111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TD - and a national championship.

But where will he fall in the 2020 NFL Draft?

With Jefferson's over/under set at 23.5, NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg thinks you should take the under on Jefferson going before the 24th overall pick.

It's a combination of talent and circumstance, according to Feinberg. He expects this draft class's top three wideouts - Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III - to be gone in the first 15 picks. 

After the big three are off the board, Jefferson is almost unanimously the top choice for teams in need of young, talented pass-catchers like the Raiders (No. 19), the Eagles (No. 21), and the Vikings (No. 22).

"I think 23.5 is a great bet for the under," Feinberg said, "because I fully expect one of those three teams to snag [Jefferson] up in those picks."

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Michael Gatti looked at the betting lines surrounding the Eagles' No. 21 pick, and found Jefferson as the odds-on favorite at +170.

In what's expected to be one of the most loaded WR drafts in recent memory, four wideouts going in the top 23 isn't a reach. In fact, it's starting to feel like a safe bet.

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Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

The Eagles need better wide receivers in 2020 if they want to return to the Super Bowl. 

With the 2020 NFL Draft loaded at that position, and the Eagles' inactivity at wide receiver in free agency, all signs point towards GM Howie Roseman targeting a star pass-catcher in the first round.

But what if... they don't?

During a Twitter AMA on Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter didn't exactly sound convinced the Eagles are going to take a wide receiver in the first round, and floated a few other possibilities for their No. 21 pick: 

And here's the answer, transcribed:

Jack, that is the most logical thing, is to see Philadelphia go wide receiver in round one. But what if there's a good linebacker there? What if there's a good defensive player there? What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player? There's a lot of different things they can do.

I would never say the Eagles are guaranteed to get a wide receiver in round one. What I would say is, that they're guaranteed to get some wide receivers in this draft, one way or another. They just might not be in round one.

It's a quick hit from Schefty, but there's plenty to unpack.

"What if there's a good linebacker there?"

The Eagles need to start valuing the linebacker position, especially considering their current roster of LBs, and if a name like Patrick Queen is high on their draft board, maybe he's a surprise pick. Eagles fans might not like it.

"What if there's a good defensive player there?"

There are some very interesting defensive prospects who could last until No. 21. Edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson and DT Javon Kinlaw are two notable talents who would probably pique Roseman's love for first-round defensive linemen.

"What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player?"

This feels like a pretty obvious allusion to the Eagles' rumored interest in trading for Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The price for Ngakoue begins with a first-rounder, and the No. 21 pick might start an interesting conversation.

Schefter ending by saying the Eagles will leave the draft with at least one wide receiver is certainly intriguing, and might spell a second-round pick going towards a wideout if Roseman is otherwise tempted at No. 21. Could Clemson's Tee Higgins fall into the second round? Will K.J. Hamler still be available at pick No. 53?

So many question marks - but in three weeks, we'll have answers. 

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