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So here’s the Week 13 edition of Roob Stats, featuring facts and figures you won’t see anywhere else on Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders and the Eagles’ defense.
UNCHARTED WATERS FOR ERTZ: With 9 catches against both the Bears and Patriots and 12 against the Seahawks, Zach Ertz became the first tight end in NFL history with 9 or more catches in three straight games. He’s also only the third Eagle in the last 25 years with 90 yards in three straight games, joining Irving Fryar in 1996 and T.O. in 2004.
MOVING ON UP: Those 12 catches moved Ertz from 22nd to 17th in NFL history among tight ends, ahead of Steve Jordan (498), Todd Heap (499) and Ben Coates (499) and into a tie with Melanie Walker. Two more catches moves him past Frank Wycheck and Dallas Clark and into 15th place all-time. Finally, Ertz needs 20 catches in the last five games for the most ever by a tight end in his first seven seasons. Witten had 523 from 2003 through 2009.
ELITE COMPANY: Ertz went over 700 yards for the sixth straight year, becoming only the fifth tight end in NFL history to do that. Among tight ends, only Jason Witten (12), Tony Gonzalez (11) and Antonio Gates (8) have had longer streaks of 700 or more yards. Travis Kelce is also over 700 yards this year for a sixth straight season. The only longer current streak by any player is DeAndre Hopkins’ seven-year stretch.
HOW MANY CATCHES? Ertz also became the first tight end in NFL history with six 12-catch games. Witten had five, and Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow Sr. had three each. Only three others had two. The only players who’ve had more 12-catch games are Wes Welker (9), Marvin Harrison (8) and Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Jerry Rice (7).
ONE MORE ON ERTZ: With 12 catches Sunday, Ertz increased his career total to 504, and he did it in his 102nd career game. The only tight end to reach 500 career receptions faster was Winslow, who did it in 101 games.
DEFENSE CARRYING THE TEAM: The Eagles have held four straight opponents to 17 or fewer points for the first time since 2017 and the first time in four straight regular-season games since 2009.
I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES: Miles Sanders’ 774 yards from scrimmage are most ever by an Eagles running back in his first 11 career games. Only DeSean Jackson (791) had more yards in his first 11 games among all Eagles. LeSean McCoy is third with 734. Jackson had 1,008 scrimmage yards as a rookie. Sanders needs to average 47 yards per game to surpass him.
ELITE COMPANY: Sanders is on pace for 635 rushing yards and 490 receiving yards. If he reaches 500 in both categories, he’ll become only the 13th rookie in NFL history with 500 yards both rushing and receiving. Among those who have done it are Hall of Famers, Charley Taylor, Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk. The only 2nd-round pick to do it is Giovani Bernard, who had 695 yards rushing and 514 receiving for the Bengals in 2013.
DOING MORE WITH LESS: Sanders is on pace to net 1,125 scrimmage yards on 183 touches. Only six rookie running backs have ever surpassed 1,100 scrimmage yards on fewer than 200 touches, only two since 1965, none since Terry Kirby of the Dolphins in 1993 (when he was Doug Pederson's teammate).
THIRD DOWN MAGIC: Despite their recent offensive woes, the Eagles are 7th-best in the NFL on third down, converting 45 percent. That’s their highest on record, since the league started keeping third-down stats in 1991. Next-highest was their 43.5 percent mark in 2014.
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