Zach Ertz chasing records, Cameron Johnston making history, Fletcher Cox moving up an all-time list, a Nick Foles nugget and much more in this week’s edition of Roob Stats!
1. Zach Ertz’s 11-catch game in Tampa was his sixth career game with 10 or more receptions. Only three tight ends in NFL history have had more double-digit reception games: Tony Gonzalez (15), Jason Witten (11) and Kellen Winslow Sr. (7).
2. Ertz already has the 11th-most catches ever by a tight end in his first six seasons with 337, and that’s with 14 games left (if he stays healthy). Over the last four years, he’s averaged 5.4 catches per game. At that rate, he would add 76 catches the rest of this season, which would give him 413 through six years, which would be third-most ever, behind Jimmy Graham (434) and Jason Witten (429).
3. Cameron Johnston’s 53.9 average is highest in 49 years and third-highest in NFL history by a punter after his first two career games behind Steve O’Neal of the Jets in 1969 (56.9) and Dennis Partee of the Chargers in 1968 (56.0).
4. With eight catches against the Falcons and eight more in Tampa, Nelson Agholor became the first player in Eagles history with eight catches in each of the first two games of a season.
5. The Eagles go into the Colts game riding a streak of 25 consecutive games in which their quarterbacks have thrown either zero or one interception. That’s the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 36 by the Vikings from 2015 through 2017 — a streak that ended when Case Keenum was picked off twice by D.J. Swearinger of the Redskins in a 38-30 win last Nov. 12 in Landover, Md.
6. The Eagles are 1-1 and that may not be the worst place to be — 12 of the last 15 times they opened a season 1-1 they went to the playoffs. Over the last 30 years, they’ve been 1-1 19 times. Only three of those years have they gone on to have a losing record (in non-strike games), and that was 1994 (7-9), 1997 (6-9-1) and 2005 (6-10). The last three times they were 2-0 (2012, 2014, 2016) they didn’t reach the playoffs.
7. Corey Clement has 410 rushing yards, 317 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his first 21 games. The only other player in Eagles history with 300 yards both rushing and receiving and at least eight TDs in his first 21 career games is LeSean McCoy.
8. With his 36th career sack Sunday, Fletcher Cox passed William Fuller (35.5) and moved into ninth place in Eagles history. Next on that list are Seth Joyner (37.0), Brandon Graham (38½) and Andy Harmon (39½).
9. Since 1955, DeSean Jackson now has the most 50-yard TD catches for the Eagles (13) and the most 50-yard TD catches against the Eagles (3).
10. Sunday’s loss to Tampa was their first when their quarterback has thrown for 300 yards, completed 70 percent of his passes and not thrown an interception in 24 years, since a 33-30 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati when Bubby Brister was 26-for-37 (71 percent) for 325 yards with a TD and no interceptions in his final game as an Eagle (and Rich Kotite’s final game as Eagles head coach).