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Roob's 10 (mostly) positive Eagles stats

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We tried to keep this week’s Roob’s Eagles Stats positive because there’s enough negativity around this football team right now.

Which tends to happen when you win one game the first six weeks of the season.

So here are 10 Completely, Totally, Absolutely, Without Exception Positive Eagles Stats off the loss to the Ravens (except two):

BIG FINISH: Carson Wentz is only the second Eagles QB ever to record three TDs in a fourth quarter. The other was Michael Vick in that wild Giants comeback in 2010 at the Meadowlands. Vick had TD passes to Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin and a rushing TD in that game.

CHANNELING HIS INNER VICK: Wentz’s 40-yard run is the longest by an Eagles QB since Vick had a 61-yarder against the Chiefs in 2013. Vick also had a 53-yarder against the Bills in 2011. Lamar Jackson’s 37-yard TD was the longest rushing touchdown against the Eagles by a quarterback since Hall of Famer Bill Dudley had a 44-yarder for the Steelers in a 24-14 loss to the Eagles at Forbes Field in 1942. It was the first game in Eagles history in which both QBs had a run of at least 30 yards.

A RECORD HE DOESN’T WANT: Wentz has been sacked an NFL-high 25 times this year. That ties the 14th-most in NFL history through six games and ties the most in Eagles history. Randall Cunningham was sacked 25 times through six games in both 1988 and 1992.

IT’S A LOW BAR: Despite making his Eagles debut just 16 days ago, Travis Fulgham already has the most games with 50 yards and a touchdown of all Eagles wide receivers since opening day of LAST year:  

  • 3 … Travis Fulgham
  • 2 … Nelson Agholor
  • 2 … Alshon Jeffery
  • 2 … Greg Ward
  • 1 … DeSean Jackson

HISTORIC START: Fulgham’s 284 yards are 4th-most in Eagles history by a player in his first six career games - even though only three of those games were with the Lions. He trails only DeSean Jackson (433), Charle Young (325) and Keith Jackson (320).

THE MOST AMAZING TRAVIS FULGHAM STAT YET: Fulgham is the first Eagle ever with three games with 50 yards and a TD within his first six career games. The only players in NFL history with more such games through six career games are Washington’s Charlie Brown in 1982 and the Steelers’ Louis Lipps in 1984.

INTO THE ALL-TIME TOP 10: Zach Ertz’s four catches before he got hurt Sunday gave him 549 in his career and moved him into the top-10 in NFL history among tight ends. Ertz actually moved up from 12th to 10th, passing both Ben Coates and Jeremy Shockey, who each caught 547 passes. Next on the list for Ertz are Vernon Davis (583) and Heath Miller (592).  

BACK-TO-BACK 74-YARD RUNS: Not only did Miles Sanders become the first player in Eagles history with a run of 70 yards in consecutive games, he became the first with two in one season. In fact, the only other player in Eagles history with two 70-yard runs in his entire Eagles career is Wilbert Montgomery, who had a 72-yarder in 1980 and a 90-yarder in 1982. There were seven runs of at least 74 yards in the Eagles’ first 1,224 games, then two in their last two. There have been five 74-yard runs in the NFL this year and Sanders has 40 percent of them. Since 2013, Adrian Peterson (2015) and Leonard Fournette (2017) are the only other backs with two 74-yard (or longer) runs in the same season. Fournette’s were also in consecutive games.

MOVING ON UP: In the span of eight days, Sanders moved up from 6th to 2nd in Eagles history among running backs in yards per carry. Sanders had a career average of 4.6 (4.5826) before rushing 20 times for 198 yards against the Steelers and Ravens, raising his average to 5.0. He passed Brian Westbrook (4.5833), Bosh Pritchard (4.59), Ryan Mathews (4.60) and LeSean McCoy (4.65) and now trails only Ernie Steele, who had a 5.18 average in the 1940s. The top three rushing averages in Eagles history belong to QBs: Michael Vick (6.70), Randall Cunningham (6.62) and Donovan McNabb (5.67).

THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE TRAVIS FULGHAM STAT YET [I LIED BEFORE]: Only five Eagles WRs have more first-down catches from Wentz than Fulgham. Who’s played THREE GAMES:

  • 112 - Alshon Jeffery
  • 75 - Nelson Agholor
  • 52 - Jordan Matthews
  • 28 - Greg Ward
  • 25 - Dorial Green-Beckham
  • 15 - Travis Fulgham
  • 14 - Mack Hollins
  • 13 - DeSean Jackson
  • 11 - Torrey Smith
  • 8 - J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
  • 8 - Golden Tate
  • 6 - Paul Turner

SHOULD BE ENOUGH POINTS: By losing to the Steelers 38-29 and the Ravens 30-28, this is the first time in franchise history the Eagles scored 28 points in consecutive games and lost both.

GROUND CONTROL: Sunday’s game was only the second in the last 47 years in which the Eagles gained and allowed 180 or more rushing yards. The last one was a 33-20 win over the Saints in 2003, when the Eagles ran for 201 and the Saints 199. The last time before that was in 1973.