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10 crazy Nick Foles stats you won't believe

10 crazy Nick Foles stats you won't believe

Nick Foles is a human stat machine. He set records in his historic 2013 season, he set records in last year's postseason, and he's still setting records.

Let's take a look at some of Foles' craziest statistical achievements.

He did it again
Foles is the sixth QB in NFL history with two career games with 400 yards, 4 TDs and a 70 percent completion percentage. He had 406 yards, seven TDs and 79 percent accuracy in his legendary game against the Raiders in Oakland in 2013 and 471 yards, 4 TDs and 71 percent accuracy against the Texans on Sunday. The others are Drew Brees (3), Ryan Fitzpatrick (2, including one against the Eagles this year), Peyton Manning (2), Dan Marino (2) and Aaron Rodgers (2).

Third-down stats you won't believe
Foles on Sunday put up these numbers on 3rd and 4th down: 15-for-16, 193 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a near-perfect 156.5 passer rating. Over the last two years, Foles has the highest passer rating in the NFL on third or fourth down at 123.9. That’s on 79-for-111 for 944 yards with 9 TDs and 0 INTs. Pat Mahomes is second (115.8) and Carson Wentz is third (110.6).

More insane 3rd-down numbers 
In his last seven games — since the start of last year’s playoffs — Foles’ third- and fourth-down numbers are almost unbelievable: 65-for-80 for 814 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a 142.4 passer rating. In the second half of those games, he's even better — 31-for-37 for 329 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs and a 143.3 rating. That's six incomplete passes out of 37 attempts on third or fourth down in the second half since last year's postseason began.

Ridiculous accuracy
Foles has completed 70 percent of his passes in three straight games, which is the second-longest streak ever by an Eagles quarterback behind only Wentz’s streak of four straight 70 percent games earlier this year — a streak that began and ended after Foles’ streak began. As a team, the Eagles this year are completing 69.6 percent of their passes. That’s 10th-highest in NFL history with one game left.

Loving the Linc
Foles lost all three of his starts at the Linc as a rookie in 2012 and then his first home start of 2013, a 17-3 loss to the Cowboys. Since then he’s won 11 straight meaningful regular-season home starts — his last four of 2013, all four in 2014 and then vs. the Raiders last year and the Falcons and Texans this year. If you include the playoffs, he's 13-1 at the Linc since that 2013 Dallas game.

Piling up the yards
Foles has played 53 games in his career and has four 400-yard games. Only two QBs — Matt Stafford and Dan Marino — had more 400-yard games in their first 53 career games, six for Marino and five for Stafford. 

Big plays
The 83-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor was the longest pass of Foles’ career and the Eagles’ longest TD pass since Michael Vick’s 91-yarder to DeSean Jackson at Dallas in 2010. The last longer TD pass by an Eagles QB at the Linc was Donovan McNabb’s 90-yarder to Hank Baskett against the Rams in 2008. 

December heroics
Foles’ 471 yards Sunday are fourth-most in NFL history in December, behind only Warren Moon’s 527 against the Chiefs in 1990 and two games by Ben Roethlisberger — 506 vs. the Ravens in 2017 and 503 against the Packers in 2009.  

Historic performance 
Foles on Sunday became only the eighth QB to throw for 470 yards and four or more TDs while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Chasing Donovan
Foles has the 14th-most starts in Eagles history, but only Donovan McNabb has more career games with a passer rating over 120. McNabb had 16 and Foles now has eight.

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10 unbelievable Eagles stats as we head into Dallas week

10 unbelievable Eagles stats as we head into Dallas week

Stats are a lot more fun when the Eagles are winning. So with the Eagles on their first two-game winning streak of the season, here's a fun look at the Eagles from a statistical perspective:
 
A running back rarity
Sunday’s game was the first NFL game in 54 years where both teams had a running back 33 or older with a rushing touchdown. The last time it happened was Oct. 18, 1964, when the Eagles beat the Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium. Alex Webster, who was 33, had a 1-yard TD run for the Giants and Ollie Matson, 34, had TD runs of 4 and 54 yards for the Eagles.
 
Peterson makes the wrong kind of history
Adrian Peterson on Monday night became the second player in NFL history with a 90-yard TD who didn’t rush for 100 yards. The only other one was Herschel Walker of the Eagles in 1994. Walker had a 91-yard TD but finished 3 for 98 in a 28-21 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Sproles still going strong
At 35 years, 167 days, Darren Sproles on Monday night became the oldest Eagle with a touchdown since tight end Mike Bartrum — 35 years, 178 days — on a three-yard TD catch from Mike McMahon vs. the Rams in 2005. Sproles is the oldest Eagle with a rushing touchdown since Matson vs. the Redskins in 1966 at 36 years, 231 days old.

Money from 40-and-out
Jake Elliott made two more field goals from 40 yards Sunday — both in the fourth quarter — and he’s now 23 for 28 in his career beyond 40 yards for 82.1 percent. Among kickers with at least 20 attempts, that’s third-highest in NFL history, behind only Harrison Butker of the Chiefs (84.0 percent) and Justin Tucker of the Ravens (82.5 percent). Fourth on that list is Will Lutz of the Saints (81.3 percent). Interesting that all four kick for current or former Eagles coaches.
 
More Elliott
Elliott is now 18 for 19 in his career in the fourth quarter, which makes him the third-most accurate fourth-quarter kicker in NFL history.

Here’s what that list looks like:

95.1 percent … Stephen Gostkowski [116-122]
94.9 percent … Matt Prater [93-98]
94.7 percent … Jake Elliott [18-19]
93.8 percent … Harrison Butker [15-16]
93.1 percent … Justin Tucker [81-87]

Rookie wonder
Since Week 8, when he started playing regularly, Josh Adams has the fourth-most runs of 18 yards or more in the NFL with five. Only Lamar Miller, Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny — all with six — have more. Adams has at least one 18-yard run in five straight games. The last Eagle with a longer streak of games with an 18-yard run is LeSean McCoy with eight straight from Week 5 through 12 of the 2011 season.

Lots of yards, not lots of points
The Redskins game was the Eagles’ ninth this year in which they’ve netted over 340 yards but scored fewer than 30 points. The most such games by any team in NFL history is 10, done most recently by the 2015 Saints and Ravens.

Shutting down the 'Skins
The Eagles held the Redskins to 10 first downs, their fewest in their last 84 meetings with Washington. The last time they allowed fewer was in 1976, when they allowed eight in a game the Redskins actually won, 24-0, at RFK Stadium.

Wentz moving up the list
Carson Wentz passed for 306 yards against the Redskins, his 13th career 300-yard game. Only Andrew Luck (19), Kurt Warner (17) and Dan Marino (16) have had more in their first three seasons.

The race to 10,000 yards
Wentz needs just 86 yards Sunday in Dallas to reach 10,000 passing yards for his career in his 40th career game. That would make him the seventh-fastest quarterback in NFL history to 10,000 yards.

Here are the fastest:

36 games … Kurt Warner
37 games … Matt Stafford
38 games … Marc Bulger
38 games … Andrew Luck
38 games … Dan Marino
39 games … Peyton Manning
40 games … Kirk Cousins
40 games … Jameis Winston
41 games … Blake Bortles
42 games … Jay Cutler
42 games … Cam Newton
42 games … Drew Bledsoe
42 games … Derek Carr
43 games … Carson Palmer
43 games … Andy Dalton
43 games … Daunte Culpepper
43 games … Joe Namath
 
More Ertz insanity
We outlined some of Zach Ertz’s crazy records earlier this week (see story), but here’s one leftover Ertz stat: In just 5 1/2 years, Ertz already has the third-most games with nine or more catches by an NFL tight end with 14. Tony Gonzalez (25) and Jason Witten (20) are the only tight ends ahead of him.

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10 Golden Tate stats you won't believe

10 Golden Tate stats you won't believe

When the Eagles traded for Golden Tate on Tuesday, they got one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL this decade.

How productive?

Let's go to the numbers!  

• Tate is one of only seven players in NFL history with four straight seasons with 90 receptions. The others are Torry Holt (six), Antonio Brown, Marvin Harrison and Demaryius Thomas (five) and Larry Fitzgerald and Jerry Rice (four). 

• He's also one of only seven NFL players with 800 or more yards in each of the last five seasons. The others are Brown, Thomas, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.

• Since the start of 2013, Tate has seven catches of at least 60 yards. Only DeSean Jackson (11), Jordy Nelson (10), Odell Beckham (nine) and Hilton and Kenny Stills (eight) have more.

• Tate has caught at least three passes in 36 straight games, the third longest current streak in the NFL behind Beckham (54) and Michael Thomas (40). 

• Tate has missed only one game since opening day 2011. He’s the only NFL wide receiver who hasn’t missed more than one game over the past eight seasons. 

• Tate already has 44 catches this year in just seven games, which puts him on pace for 100 in a 16-game season. However, since the Lions have already had their bye and the Eagles have one this week, he can play in a maximum of only 15 games this year. 

• If Tate averages 6½ catches per game with the Eagles, he’ll reach 90 for the fifth straight year and become the first NFL player with 90 catches in a season in which he played for two teams. 

• Tate had four 90-catch seasons before his 30th birthday. Only four NFL players have ever had more 90-catch seasons before turning 30 — Brown, Fitzgerald, Thomas and Brandon Marshall.

• Tate has more career catches (581) than any other second-round pick currently in the NFL. He’s seven ahead of former Eagle Jackson (574). Tate’s 581 catches are 12th most in NFL history by a second-round pick, just five behind Tiki Barber and eight behind Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff.

• Tate ranks fourth among active players with 50 or more punt returns with a 10.6 average. He trails only Tyreek Hill (12.8), Julian Edelman (11.5) and Travis Benjamin (11.2). 

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