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Stats are a lot more fun when you win. So here are 10 random stats with the Eagles coming off a massive win over the Rams and getting ready for a huge showdown with the Texans!

Historic tackling game
Rasul Douglas’ 11 solo tackles against the Rams were the most by an Eagles cornerback since Troy Vincent had 13 in a 25-24 loss to the Cards on opening day 1999.  That was Andy Reid's first game as Eagles head coach, and the Eagles’ quarterback that day was Doug Pederson.

Big plays from Alshon
Alshon Jeffery had five catches of 18 yards or more in 11 games with Carson Wentz and four in one game with Nick Foles. So four of his nine-longest receptions this year came against the Rams:

50 yards – Foles vs. Rams
36 yards – Foles vs. Rams
31 yards – Wentz vs Titans
31 yards – Wentz vs Vikings
29 yards – Wentz vs Panthers
26 yards – Foles vs. Rams
21 yards – Wentz vs Giants [2]
20 yards – Wentz vs Panthers
18 yards – Foles vs. Rams

Don't make me a target
With Dak Prescott throwing 54 passes last week and Jared Goff throwing 54 passes Sunday, the Eagles are only the fifth team in NFL history to defend 54 or more passes in consecutive games. Only five other QBs have ever thrown that many passes against the Eagles.

Finding the end zone
With Wendell Smallwood scoring two touchdowns and Josh Adams one, this was the first road game in which the Eagles had three rushing touchdowns in eight years. Last time it happened was a 2010 win over the Lions in Detroit, when LeSean McCoy had TDs of 4, 14 and 46 yards.

 

Big third quarter
Sunday’s game marked only the second time in the last 46 years that the Eagles have outscored an opponent by 17 or more points in the third quarter on the road. The only other time was at Oakland in 2013, Nick Foles’ historic seven-touchdown game. Last time they outscored a team by 17 points on the road when Foles wasn’t their quarterback? That was Dec. 19, 1971, when they outscored the Giants 27-10 in the third quarter on the way to a 41-28 win at Yankee Stadium.

Allowing yards but not points
The Eagles are one of the ultimate bend-but-don’t-break defenses in NFL history. Sunday was the eighth time this year they’ve allowed 375 or more yards but fewer than 30 points. Only two teams have ever had more such games in a season (the 2011 Patriots and 2015 Giants).

There's always a kicker stat
Jake Elliott’s 40-yard field goal in the third quarter improved him to 18-for-20 in his career from 40-49 yards. That’s 90 percent, and that’s second-highest in NFL history by a kicker in that 40-49 range. He trails only Jason Myers of the Jets and previously with the Jaguars, who is 30 for 33 in his career from 40 to 49 (90.9 percent).

Third-down success
Foles and Wentz are now the two most successful quarterbacks on third down in the NFL over the last two years (minimum 50 third-down passes). Here’s a look at that list, courtesy of the Pro Football Reference play index.

110.3 – Nick Foles
109.3 – Carson Wentz
107.1 – Pat Mahomes
101.5 – Jameis Winston
99.8 – Drew Brees
97.5 – Jared Goff
97.0 – Matt Ryan

Red-zone brilliance
The Eagles have the second-lowest percentage in the NFL of TDs allowed in the red zone. Opposing offenses have had 47 drives inside the Eagles’ red zone but managed just 21 touchdowns (44.7 percent). The only team that’s been better preventing TDs in the red zone is the Vikings (42.9 percent).

Who says they don't adjust?
The Eagles have faced four of the NFL’s best running backs the last four weeks. Those four — Adrian Peterson, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley — were a combined 35-for-308 in the first half (8.8 yards per carry) but only 20 for 31 in the second half (1.6 yards per carry) without a run longer than five yards.

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