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Damaris Johnson and 10 crazy Eagles-Cowboys stats!

Damaris Johnson and 10 crazy Eagles-Cowboys stats!

Eagles-Cowboys week means Eagles-Cowboys stats!

So with a full day to kill before kickoff tonight, here are 10 fascinating Eagles-Cowboys stats from throughout the rivalry’s 120-game history!

Shady and Jim Brown: LeSean McCoy is tied with Jim Brown for highest yards-per-carry average ever against the Cowboys at 5.3 yards per attempt. Walter Payton is third at 5.1 and Duce Staley is next at 4.9. Two Eagles and two Hall of Famers.

Most 100-yard games: Shady is also tied for most career 100-yard games against the Cowboys with four. O.J. Anderson, Tiki Barber, Walter Payton and Ricky Watters also had four. Three of Ricky’s were with the Eagles.

Tommy McDonald was a Cowboy: Did you know all-time Eagles great Tommy McDonald was also a Cowboy? He’s also one of a small group of players who have scored a touchdown for both the Cowboys and Eagles: McDonald, Mike Ditka, Herschel Walker, Randall Cunningham, Terrell Owens, Miles Austin, DeMarco Murray and Orlando Scandrick.

D-Jack and Vick: DeSean Jackson’s 210 yards against the Cowboys in 2010 are the most in NFL history by a player on four or fewer catches. Jackson’s four catches from Michael Vick went for 60 yards (first play of the game), 37 yards, 22 yards and 91 yards in a 30-27 Eagles win.

There goes Lito! Lito Sheppard has two of the four-longest INT returns ever against the Cowboys — a 102-yarder in 2006 off Drew Bledsoe at the Linc and a 101-yarder off Vinny Testaverde in 2004 at Texas Stadium.  He’s the only player with two 100-yard INT returns against the same team. 

Best vs. Eagles: Jason Witten has more catches against the Eagles than any player in history — by far. Witten has 152 catches in 29 career games against the Eagles, 51 more than any other player. Art Monk had 101. Witten’s 1,642 yards are also the most ever against the Eagles. Here are the most catches in NFL history by a player against a specific team:

185 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. Rams
175 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. Saints
175 … Jerry Rice vs. Falcons
173 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers
157 … Jason Witten vs. Giants
152 … Jason Witten vs. Eagles

Ertz closing in: Zach Ertz is closing in on the most catches ever by an opposing tight end against the Cowboys. His 57 in 12 games are second-most, five behind Jackie Smith. The Hall of Famer had 62 in 24 career games for the Cards against the Cowboys. Brian Westbrook’s 67 receptions are the most ever by an Eagle against the Cowboys. Ertz’s 57 catches have come from Carson Wentz (38), Sam Bradford (8), Nick Foles (6), Mark Sanchez (3) and Matt Barkley (2).  

Wes Hopkins was a Cowboy Killer: Wes Hopkins owns the record for most career INTs vs. the Cowboys. He shares the mark of nine with Terry Kinard, who was with the Giants in the 1980s. Wes picked off Troy Aikman three times and Steve Pelluer, Gary Hogeboom and Danny White twice.

Damaris Johnson??? The longest punt return ever against the Cowboys was also by an Eagle — Damaris Johnson, of all people. He brought a Brian Moorman punt back 98 yards with 53 seconds left in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win at Cowboys Stadium in 2012.

Something the Eagles could use: When the Eagles have a 100-yard rusher, they’re 16-2 against the Cowboys. They haven’t had one since McCoy in 2014.

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Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

There were plenty of people surprised about Boston Scott’s breakout performance on Monday night against the Giants. 

Eagles defenders were not among them. 

After a year of trying to stop Scott in practice, they were aware of just how dangerous the 5-foot-6 running back can be. They weren’t even surprised about this devastating juke move Scott put on veteran corner Janoris Jenkins in the fourth quarter. 

Heck, it’s even happened to Rodney McLeod before. 

“Yeah,” McLeod said with a laugh. “Well, I don’t know about that bad. I gotta talk to Jenk about that one. But, yeah, he’s given me a move in the open field. He has a good change of direction ability and quick burst. Glad to see him making plays for us.”

In the 23-17 overtime win, Scott finished with 10 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and added six catches for 69 yards.   

His 128 yards from scrimmage are the most ever in a game for the Eagles from a guy formerly on their practice squad. 

Scott finally got a chance to shine in a game, but he’s been shining in practice for a while now. Eagles defenders seemed happy that this time it was against Jenkins and the Giants.  

“He does that to us,” Nate Gerry said. “He’s done that for the last year.” 

Scott was a sixth-round pick by New Orleans out of Louisiana Tech last year. He arrived to Philadelphia last December after the Eagles signed him off the Saints’ practice squad. He spent the remainder of last year on the roster, but didn’t really get a chance to play. 

This offseason, Scott had a good training camp but Darren Sproles returned, which basically bumped him to the practice squad. He stayed there until Oct. 11 and didn’t really get a chance to play much until Monday night. 

But Scott was impressive all summer and even earlier this year in practice. 

“He definitely has that switch,” linebacker T.J. Edwards said. “He has that burst that’s a little bit different from others. You definitely saw that on the field, that they weren’t expecting because they didn’t know who he was. But he was definitely a big factor.”

Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson said Eagles will find a role for Scott in the offense going forward. With four games left, Scott might be able to make an impact. 

Based on the reactions in the locker room since Scott’s breakout performance, he seems to be a favorite of his teammates. Scott is the prototypical hard-worker, gets in early, leaves late, just needed a chance. He finally got it and made the most of it. 

“It wasn’t a surprise for me at all,” McLeod said. “I’m just really glad he got his opportunity to get out there and showcase what he can do.”

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A record for Boston Scott and more in this week's Roob Stats!

A record for Boston Scott and more in this week's Roob Stats!

If you want Boston Scott stats, you know where to go. If you want Carson Wentz, second-half defense and Eagles-Giants all-time series stats, you know where to go. Most importantly, if you want stats on two-yard touchdowns — and who doesn't? — you know exactly where to go.

Right here.

One thing we've learned over the years: The stranger the game, the better the stats. And Monday night's Eagles-Giants game was really strange.

HOT START FOR WARD: Greg Ward’s 11 catches are most in Eagles history by an undrafted player in his first four games. The previous high was nine, by both Paul Turner in 2016 and Mike Siano of Springfield (Delco) in the 1987 strike replacement games.  

HISTORIC SECOND HALF: The Eagles only allowed 29 yards after halftime in their 23-17 overtime win over the Giants. The last time they allowed fewer yards after halftime was Sept. 23, 2001, when the Seahawks netted only 23 in the second half of a 27-3 Eagles win in Seattle.

LEAVING SHADY BEHIND: With 69 scrimmage yards Monday night, Miles Sanders increased his total for this year to 948, most ever by an Eagles rookie running back. LeSean McCoy had 945 in 2009. Sanders now needs just 61 yards to break the overall franchise rookie scrimmage record of 1,008, set in 2008 by DeSean Jackson.

AND STILL CHASING SHADY: With 45 rushing yards, Sanders increased his season total to 565, passing Billy Ray Barnes (529), Mike Hogan (561) and Bryce Brown (564) and moving into a tie with Po James for 4th-most ever by an Eagle rookie. He needs 13 to pass Keith Byars, 22 to pass Correll Buckhalter and 73 to pass McCoy.

THREE QUICK ONES ON BOSTON SCOTT:
1) Scott's 120 scrimmage yards after halftime Monday night are the most by an Eagles RB after halftime since Shady had 170 in the second half in the Snow Bowl against the Lions in 2013.
2) Scott’s 128 scrimmage yards are the most ever by an Eagle who had been on the practice squad.
3) Scott is only the 7th Eagles running back since 1991 to net at least 128 scrimmage yards on 16 or fewer touches. Herschel Walker, Brian Mitchell, Correll Buckhalter, Brian Westbrook, McCoy and Sproles also did it.

FINALLY GAINING THE ALL-TIME EDGE: The Giants won the first three Eagles-Giants games [in 1933 and 1934] and 17 of the first 20 meetings. As recently as 2008, the Giants led the series 80-66. Going into Monday night, the all-time series was tied 84-84-2. The Eagles now lead the all-time series for the first time ever.

THREE QUICK ONES ON ZACH ERTZ:
1) This was Ertz’s 19th game with nine or more catches. The only tight ends in NFL history with more are Tony Gonzalez [25] and Jason Witten [21]. Gonzalez played 270 games, Witten has played 252, Ertz has played 104.
2) Ertz has 827 receiving yards. He needs to average 58 in last three games to become the 9th tight end in NFL history with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
3) By surpassing 800 yards on Monday night, Ertz became the first Eagle in history with five straight 800-yard seasons. Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Harold Carmichael have all had four straight. The only other tight ends with five straight 800-yard seasons are Gonzalez (7), Witten (7), Travis Kelce (6) and Greg Olsen (5).

ELITE COMPANY: Carson Wentz has 22 TD passes and 7 INTs. If he throws three or more TDs in the final three games and no more than three interceptions, he’ll become only the 4th QB in NFL history with three straight seasons of at least 25 TD passes and 10 or fewer interceptions. That’s only been achieved by Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION: With Alshon Jeffery’s season over at 490 receiving yards, Nelson Agholor stuck at 363 yards with a knee injury, Mack Hollins next with 125 yards and now on the Dolphins, there’s a real possibility the Eagles won’t have a wide receiver with 500 yards this year. The last time that happened was 1964, when their top wideout, Ray Poage, had 479 yards.

THREE QUICK ONES ON 2-YARD TOUCHDOWNS:
1) The Giants game was the first in franchise history in which the Eagles scored three 2-yard touchdowns.
2) Ertz became only the 5th player in NFL history and the first Eagle with two 2-yard touchdown catches in the same game.  
3) Ertz had more 2-yard touchdowns Monday [2] than he had in his previous 103 career games [1].

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