Eagles making NFL history on both sides of ball

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Eagles making NFL history on both sides of ball

In this week's edition of Roob Stats, we touch on some of the usual suspects — Carson Wentz, explosive offense and run defense — and add some interesting nuggets about Corey Clement, Jay Ajayi and even ... Nick Foles?

Have fun crunching the numbers!

The Wentz numbers
• Carson Wentz has thrown 17 touchdowns the last five games — more than he had all last year in 16 games. He's only the 10th quarterback in NFL history (and the first Eagle) with 17 or more touchdowns and three or fewer interceptions in any five-game stretch.

• Wentz's 23 TD passes through nine games make him the youngest quarterback with 23 touchdown passes this early since Dan Marino in 1984.

• Wentz has gone 11 straight games with at least one TD pass and one or fewer interceptions. That's one shy of the franchise record of 12, set in 1990 by Randall Cunningham.

• With seven games left, Wentz is on pace for 40 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Aaron Rodgers (2011, 2016) and Tom Brady (2007) are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to put up those numbers in a season.

• Wentz has had a passer rating of at least 83.0 in all nine games this year. He's the 10th quarterback in NFL history to open a season by hitting 83.0 or higher in each of his first nine games.

Run defense stats
• Fifteen running backs have had four or more carries against the Eagles this year, and 13 of them have averaged 3.5 yards per carry or worse. Nine of them have averaged 2.5 yards per carry or worse. 

• Opposing teams have run the ball only 166 times against the Eagles this year, the fewest in NFL history through nine games. The previous low was 171 against the 2003 Titans. 

• The Eagles haven't allowed a run longer than 16 yards in their last five games. They've only allowed three all year. Kareem Hunt is still the only running back to gain more than 40 yards against the Eagles this year.

• Jamaal Charles of the Broncos — who Pederson coached in Kansas City — has the highest per-carry average of any running back in NFL history at 5.4, but he gained one yard on four carries Sunday, the lowest average of his career in a game when he had more than one carry.

• The Broncos are the fifth team the Eagles have held under 65 rushing yards this year. The last time the Eagles held more teams under 65 rushing yards in a full season was 1991 when they held seven teams under. 

First-quarter defense
• The Eagles haven't allowed a first-quarter touchdown in nine games this year and 11 consecutive games dating back to last year. It's the longest the Eagles have gone without allowing a first-quarter TD since a 13-game streak in 1971. The Eagles have allowed only one first-quarter touchdown in 13 home games under Jim Schwartz.

• In all, the Eagles have allowed only 12 first-quarter points, fewest in the NFL. They're on pace to allow 21 this year, which would be the fewest in the NFL since the 2002 Giants allowed 16. The fewest the Eagles have ever allowed in a first quarter over a full season is 16 in 1971 (in 14 games).

Points piling up
• The Eagles have scored 26 or more points in seven straight games, matching the longest streak in franchise history. 

• They're also the 26th team in NFL history to win seven straight games while scoring 26 or more points in all seven games.

The Corey Clement section
• Clement's five TDs are already the sixth-most ever by any Eagles rookie and most ever by a rookie Eagles running back. The previous record of four was shared by Lee Bouggess in 1970, Shady in 2009 and Bryce Brown in 2012. 

• Clement is only the 11th Eagles running back ever with three touchdowns in a game, the first since Shady had three against the Jets in 2011. He's the first rookie to do it since Don Johnson against the Colts in 1953. 

• Clement is also the third rookie in Eagles history — and the first in 64 years — with a rushing TD and receiving TD in the same game. Two rookies did it in November of 1953 — Giancanelli against the Steelers and then Johnson later in the month against both the Colts and Giants.

Run differential is a huge stat
• The Eagles have now gone seven straight games rushing for at least 100 yards while allowing fewer than 100 yards. That's the fifth-longest such streak in NFL history.

• With 1,231 rushing yards and 598 rushing yards allowed, the Eagles are only the sixth team in NFL history to rush for at least 1,200 yards and allow fewer than 600 yards through nine games.

• Nick Foles' 39-yard completion to Nelson Agholor was the Eagles' longest pass play on a fourth down since Brian Mitchell's 57-yarder to Brian Dawkins on a fake punt against the Texans in 2001. 

• Doug Pederson now has a higher winning percentage as head coach of the Eagles than Andy Reid. Reid was 130-93-1 in his 14 years here, a .583 winning percentage. Pederson, who played for Reid and coached under him, is now 15-10 (.600).

Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart topper and a huge Eagles fan

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart topper and a huge Eagles fan

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses Carson Wentz's character through his injury rehab. He takes a look at the Eagles' running back depth. Also, Roob chats with Mondo Cozmo's lead man Josh Ostrander. His single "Shine" hit number one on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017. Ostrander, a Philly native and big Eagles fan, shares his journey and experiencing an Eagles Super Bowl championship.

"He's going to play opening day. I'll go as far as saying I'll be surprised right now if Carson Wentz is not the Eagles starting quarterback on opening day."

1:00 - Carson Wentz's character is unique.
5:00 - Doug Pederson has handled this offseason perfectly.
10:00 - Eagles' running back situation
15:00 - Roob Knows unbelievable stats.
17:00 - Roob's interview with Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo.
19:00 - Josh's memories of the Super Bowl run.
22:00 - Josh's crazy path in music.
31:00 - Josh's Philly roots are still important to him.

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NFL players, including Malcolm Jenkins, respond to Trump’s request

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NFL players, including Malcolm Jenkins, respond to Trump’s request

You might remember earlier this month, when President Donald Trump acknowledged one of the reasons some NFL players have been demonstrating during the national anthem and asked for suggestions for names of people to pardon (see story).

As a reminder, this is what Trump said back on June 8: 

“I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system,” Trump said. “And I understand that. And I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated — friends of theirs or people that they know about — and I’m going to take a look at those applications. And if I find, and my committee finds that they are unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out (of prison).”

Players — at least the Players Coalition, including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins — responded to that request from the president today in an op-ed in the New York Times

The main idea of the op-ed was that the President’s power to pardon people can certainly help, but it doesn’t change the criminal justice system or help combat systemic racism. 

Here’s part of the op-ed, penned by Jenkins, Doug Baldwin, Anquan Boldin and Benjamin Watson, four members of the Players Coalition made up of NFL players: 

President Trump recently made an offer to National Football League players like us who are committed to protesting injustice. Instead of protesting, he suggested, we should give him names of people we believe were ‘unfairly treated by the justice system.’ If he agrees they were treated unfairly, he said, he will pardon them.

To be sure, the president’s clemency power can be a valuable tool for redressing injustice. Just look at Alice Johnson, age 63, who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction until her sentence was commuted by President Trump. He should be commended for using his clemency power in that case.

But a handful of pardons will not address the sort of systemic injustice that N.F.L. players have been protesting. These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level. If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us.

That’s just a very small part of the full op-ed. To read the whole thing, click here

The rest of the piece gets into more specific instances where the players think the criminal justice system should be overhauled and ask the president to use his power to help change it. 

An interesting note toward the bottom of the piece tells Trump, “Our being professional athletes has nothing to do with our commitment to fighting injustice. We are citizens who embrace the values of empathy, integrity and justice, and we will fight for what we believe is right.”

While that might be true, these players have a platform because of their ability on the football field. One they’re using to try to make positive changes in the country. 

Several players, including Eagles defensive end Chris Long and former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith, along with Jenkins, also posted video responses to Trump’s request: 

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