Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

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Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

Following Sunday's 37-9 win over the Cowboys, Reuben Frank has crunched the numbers like only he can to come up with the following stats you would have never even known existed.

Did you know the Eagles have more wins in the last 59 days than the Browns have in the last 1,115 days?

Really, really good teams and really, really bad teams make for the best stats. Combine the two and that's what you get!

But let's just focus on the Eagles for the rest of today's edition of Roob's Stats. There's some crazy stuff in here!

The Jay Ajayi Section
• Jay Ajayi's 71-yard run in the third quarter of the Eagles' win over the Cowboys was the Eagles' longest run from scrimmage since Brian Westbrook’s 71-yarder vs the. 49ers in 2006 and matched the longest since Brian Mitchell's 85-yarder vs. the Falcons in 2000. It was the ninth-longest run in Eagles' history and second-longest that didn’t go for a touchdown behind only Leroy Harris’s 80-yarder vs. the Falcons in 1979.

• Ajayi is only the third player in NFL history to record consecutive games with 77 or more rushing yards on eight or fewer carries. The other two were Warren Wiliams with the Steelers in 1990 and former Eagle Felix Jones with the Cowboys in 2009.

• Ajayi is the first Eagle with runs from scrimmage of 45 yards or more in back-to-back games since Ricky Watters in 1996 — 52 yards against the Lions, 57 yards against the Falcons.

 The Corey Clement Section
• Corey Clement’s sixth red-zone touchdown of the year came on his 10th red-zone touch. Clement ranks seventh in the NFL in red-zone touchdowns but 42nd in red-zone touches.

• Clement’s six TDs this year are the fourth-most ever by an Eagles rookie running back and the most since 1953 when Don “Heartbeat” Johnson had seven. Since 1950, only 11 undrafted rookie running backs league-wide have had more touchdowns in a season than Clement.

• Clement is only the second player in Eagles history to score six touchdowns in his first 10 career games. The other is Jordan Matthews.

The Carson Wentz Section
• With no interceptions in his last two games and just three in his last eight, Carson Wentz has improved his career interception ratio to 2.05 [per 100 passes]. That's ninth-best in NFL history. Just ahead of him? Sam Bradford (1.97). Just behind him? Nick Foles (2.10).

• Carson Wentz has now gone six straight games with two or more TD passes and one or fewer INTs. Only eight QBs in NFL history have had longer streaks — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matt Stafford, Brett Favre, Russell Wilson and Len Dawson.

• Wentz is the sixth quarterback in NFL history to open a season with 10 straight games with a passer rating of 83.0 or higher. The other five are Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers.

• Wentz is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 25 or more touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions 10 games into a season. The others are Brady, Rodgers and Y.A. Tittle.

The Dak Prescott Section
• Dak Prescott has thrown four career interceptions before halftime. Three of them have come against the Eagles (Jordan Hicks last year and Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod Sunday).

• Prescott, who has the best interception ratio in NFL history, was picked off three times by the Eagles in the span of 44 minutes Sunday after throwing just eight INTs in his previous 25 career games. In his career, he's averaged one interception every 19.5 attempts against the Eagles (4 in 78 passes) and one every 100.1 attempts against every other team combined.

The Miscellaneous Offense Section
• The Eagles are only the 16th team in NFL history to win eight straight games and score 26 points or more in all eight of them. 

• Ajayi [91 yards], LeGarrette Blount [57] and Clement [50] are the first Eagles running back trio to rush for 50 yards in the same game since Oct. 22, 1961, when Billy Ray Barnes [89], Timmy Brown [66] and Ted Dean [76] did it in a 43-7 win also at Dallas. That game was across town at the Cotton Bowl.

 The Miscellaneous Defense Section
• The Eagles have now gone 12 straight games without allowing a first-quarter touchdown. The streak is their longest since they held 13 straight opponents without a first-quarter touchdown to open the 1971 season.

• Rodney McLeod recorded an interception in his third straight game, becoming the first Eagle to do that since Asante Samuel in 2010 and the first Eagles safety since Brian Dawkins in 2004.

• The Eagles have held six straight opponents under 35 percent on third-down conversions, the first time that's happened since 2008.

• The Eagles haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 20 games, the longest current streak in the NFL and the Eagles’ longest streak since a stretch of 48 games over the 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 seasons. Emmitt Smith ended that with 163 yards.

The Eagles-Crush-the-Cowboys Section
• The Cowboys have lost 22 games by 23 or more points since 2000. Eleven of those 22 losses — exactly half of them — have been to the Eagles.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the first team in 55 years to shut out the Cowboys in a second half while scoring 30 or more points. The last time that happened the Cardinals blanked the Cowboys 37-0 in the second half of a 52-20 win.

• The Eagles have won three straight games by 23 or more points for the first time since 1953. That matches the 12th-longest streak in NFL history. The record is five straight games, set by the 1949 Eagles and matched by the 1953 Eagles. The Frankford Yellow Jackets had a four-game streak in 1924.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the 19th team in NFL history and 10th in the last 50 years to win a game by 28 or more points after trailing at halftime. The Eagles had never done that. The last time the Cowboys lost by 28 or more points after leading at halftime was Dec. 9, 1962, when they led the Cards 20-14 at halftime before losing 52-20 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity


Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

Jeff Lurie has turned into Willy Wonka for a good cause. 

The Eagles on Wednesday announced that they’re going to raffle off a Super Bowl ring and all the proceeds will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, Inc. 

This is pretty cool. 

Click here to donate and enter.  

The coolest part is that the ring the Eagles will give away on Dec. 3 before Monday Night Football against Washington at the Linc, is the real deal ring. The one the players got, with all 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. And it'll be personalized. 

The contest is underway and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can enter the contest by making a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, starting at $10 for 100 entries. The fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to that Dec. 3 game. 

There are also other incentives for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more. 

The Eagles have already done incredible work through their autism challenge, raising over $2.5 million at the inaugural event in May. This is a pretty cool way to raise even more money for a good cause.

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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