In this week’s edition of 10 stats you won’t believe, we cover Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and more!
Wentz joins a familiar name
The last two visiting QBs to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs at Lambeau Field and beat the Packers? Wentz and Nick Foles. Foles did it during his 2013 Pro Bowl season. Wentz is only the 14th quarterback in Lambeau Field’s 63-year history to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs and beat the Packers. Among the others who have done it: Dan Fouts, Joe Montana, Randall Cunningham (with the Vikings), Brett Favre (with the Vikings) and Tom Brady. During those 63 years, the Packers have played 378 games at Lambeau.
Joining elite company
Howard on Thursday became only the third opposing player with a three-touchdown game at Lambeau since 1976. DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers had four rushing TDs in 2008 and Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs had three rushing TDs in 2015. Only Howard and Williams did it in a win.
Rare accomplishment for Howard
Howard also became the first opposing player with a rushing TD and a receiving TD in the same game at Lambeau since Curtis Martin of the Jets in 2000. For the truly hard-core stat fans: The only visiting player other than Howard with three TDs at Lambeau including one each rushing and receiving was Willie Galimore of the Bears in 1958 … when it was still called New City Stadium.
Ertz rapidly climbing all-time list
With 24 catches already this year, Ertz has increased his career total to 461. He’s passed Carroll Dale, Keith Jackson, Wesley Walls and Pete Retzlaff and tied Todd Christensen. He now has the 24th-most catches ever by an NFL tight end.
Thunder and lightning
With Sanders rushing for 72 yards and a 6.5 average and Howard adding 87 yards and a 5.8 average, this was the first time the Eagles had two backs in the same game with at least 70 yards and an average of at least 5.5 since 2013, when Bryce Brown (115 yards, 12.8 average) and LeSean McCoy (18 carries, 7.4 average) did it against the Bears at the Linc.
I can see for Miles and Miles
Sanders’ 445 all-purpose yards are 7th-most among active running backs in their first four career games, behind only Adrian Peterson (669), Kareem Hunt (659), Darren Sproles (535), Todd Gurley (497), Ezekiel Elliott (456) and his former college teammate, Saquon Barkley (453). He’s second in all-purpose yards through four games in Eagles history, behind only DeSean Jackson. The previous high for a running back was Ted Dean’s 430 in 1960.
Wentz coming up big
Wentz has thrown two or more touchdowns in 21 of his 28 games since the start of 2017. Only Russell Wilson (28 in 36 games) and Philip Rivers (24 in 36) have more 2-TD games than Wentz since 2017, and Wentz has missed eight games. In all, Wentz has 26 2-TD games. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino (33), Kurt Warner (30) and Johnny Unitas (27) had more in their first 44 career games.
Bend but don't break
The Eagles beat the Packers despite being outgained by 155 yards. They had won only 10 of 123 previous games in franchise history in which they were outgained by 155 or more yards.
A rarity for Bradham
Before Nigel Bradham’s interception, Aaron Rodgers had thrown one fourth-quarter interception in his previous 336 attempts. During that span, he was 215-for-340 for 2,725 yards with 15 touchdowns.
The last time the Eagles had two goal-line stands in the same game allowing no points on drives inside the 5-yard-line was Sept. 12, 2004, when they stopped the Giants twice in a 31-17 win. On Thursday they did it twice in the game's final five minutes.
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