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Eagles Notebook

-Nick of Time ... QB Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and added a career high 47 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown ... Foles has started just 11 games in his career and has already exceeded a passer rating of 100 five times, each in the last six games ... During the current three-game winning streak, Foles is 51 of 72 (73.9%) for 932 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions and a 152.8 passer rating. Since 1960, only one player (Dallas’ Craig Morton - 155.2 in 1969) had a better passer rating over a three-game stretch … Foles has thrown 199 passes without an interception dating back to 12/23/12 vs. Washington, which is the second-longest streak in team history behind Michael Vick’s 224.

-Red Means Stop ... The Eagles have forced three red zone turnovers over the last two weeks, including two against the Redskins, after LB Connor Barwin forced a fumble on his fourth sack of the season and CB Brandon Boykin intercepted Robert Griffin III in the end zone in the waning seconds of the game ... Opponents have scored just two touchdowns in their last 12 red zone appearances, including 0-2 today ... For the season, the Eagles have allowed touchdowns just 57.1% (12 for 21) of the time on goal-to-go defense.

-It’s Always Shady in Philadelphia ... RB LeSean McCoy amassed 150 scrimmage yards (77 rushing, 73 receiving) and two rushing scores, marking his 11th multi-touchdown game ... McCoy moved past Duce Staley and into fourth on the team’s all-time rushing yards list with 4,875 ... He has 1,009 rushing yards this season, surpassing 1,000 for the third time in his career and the 18th time in team history ... McCoy became the fourth Eagle with three 1,000-yard seasons, joining Duce Staley, Ricky Watters and Wilbert Montgomery ... He also scored his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the season, marking his 11th multi-touchdown game.

-Donnie Football ... P Donnie Jones booted a 70-yard punt in the fourth quarter, his longest since an 80 yarder on 10/21/07 at Seattle and the longest by an Eagle since Randall Cunningham’s 80 yarder on 10/16/94 at Dallas ... Altogether, Jones compiled 304 yards on six punts, four of which he landed inside the 20 ... His 50.7 net punting average was the highest ever by an Eagle, since the stat became official in 1976 (minimum four attempts) ... For the season, Jones boasts the third-highest gross punting average (45.4) and the best net punting average (40.9) in franchise history.

-Offensive Juggernaut ... The Eagles surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the ninth time this season, setting a franchise record ... The Eagles became the 8th team in NFL history with 2800+ passing yards and 1600+ rushing yards through 11 games.


Teams w/ 2800+ passing yards & 1600+ rush yards thru 11 games in NFL History               


2013 Philadelphia             2879       1657


2011 Philadelphia             2868       1753


2009 New Orleans           3029       1656


2004 Kansas City               2874       1652


1991 Buffalo                       2848       1703


1968 Oakland                     2830       1867


1951 LA Rams                     2988       2059


1949 Cleveland                  2841       1625 


-Forever 21 … The Eagles defense has held its opponents to 21 points or less in each of the last seven games. The only other team to do so is Kansas City, who has done so in all nine of their games and plays tonight ... The last time the Eagles held opponents to 21 points or less over a 7-game stretch came in 2003 when they did so over an 8-game span.


-Defensive Turnaround ... The Eagles defense has vastly improved over the last seven games in many of the major categories, holding opponents to just 17.4 points per game, compared to 27.5 over the first four games.

Statistic                               First 4 Games              Last 7 Games


Punts forced per game                   2.8                                  5.8    per game


Quarterback rating                       107.2                               70.8


Interceptions                                2                                       11


Completion percentage                70.2%                               56.3%


Touchdowns allowed per game      4.0                                    1.71


-The Hunter ... LB Trent Cole registered two sacks, marking his 17th multi-sack game and his first since 12/11/11 at Miami ... Cole’s 74 career sacks are just two behind Clyde Simmons for second on the Eagles all-time list ... Cole played in his 135th game as an Eagle, tying Herm Edwards for 17th in team history.


-Defensive Nuggets ... LB Najee Goode picked up his first-career sack in his first-career start ... The Eagles defense has not allowed opening-drive points in six straight games ...The Eagles held the Redskins to just four net passing yards in the first half.


-Birdseed ... In the Eagles six wins this year, they have committed just four giveaways ... WR Jason Avant played in his 111th game as an Eagle, which is tied with John Spagnola for fifth among all Eagles receivers and tight ends. His 287 receptions are tied with Tommy McDonald for 12th on the team’s all-time list ... The Eagles 13-play drive was their longest touchdown drive of the season ... The Eagles swept the Redskins for the 20th time in franchise history ... This year, the Eagles have held NFC East QBs to a combined 72.1 quarterback rating, completing just 124 of 222 passes (55.9%), while throwing for 1,490 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Grades

Offense- B: Positves: For the third consecutive game, we saw a solid performance from the man under center, QB Nick Foles. The 2nd year quarterback had a quiet day but an efficient day. He showed great poise in the pocket with help from great protection for the most part from the offensive line despite LT Jason Peters being banged up and rookie Lane Johnson having his hands full going up against Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. And Foles showing the world that he can be a running quarterback with a career high 49yds and a touchdown.

But the kid had some great touch on his throws and continues to impress putting the ball only where his receivers can get it. And he was spreading the ball around, hitting seven different receivers. WR Desean Jackson lead the team with 4 grabs 82 yards. RB Lesean McCoy helping not only on the ground but in the passing game recording 150 total yards from scrimmage and two scores on the ground!

This unit is really coming along together and with Foles they just look like a different offense than with Vick. He is making great decisions and once again no turnovers which is key from your quarterback play.

 

Negatives: This goes with coaching a bit but the offense got way too conservative in the 2nd half. They allowed the Redskins to outscore them in the 4th quarter 16-0 on Sunday to allow them back in the game. Kelly tried to run out the clock a little bit but there were still times where the offense would snap the ball with more than 10 seconds left on the clock. So would like to see better second half play and not let off the gas.

Also for as well as Foles played there were a few times he looked like he was forcing balls like on the 1st drive when he went back to back to Riley Cooper. Seemed like he rushed the throw and underthrew him a bit. Cooper didn't help by losing the ball in the sun but he calmed down and adjusted. And one thing that continues to be an issue is time of possesion. The Eagles scored in less than 2 minutes 3 times on Sunday. It's great they are scoring but with that moto not allowing your defense to get the rest that is needed and your offense gets worn out as well. I would just like to see the Eagles try to establish scoring drives.

 

Defesne- B+:

Positives: The defense continues to play at an extremely high level! And what is encouraging is the production from some of the young players stepping in for injured starters. LB Najee Goode came in for the injured LB Mychal Kendricks playing like a man on a mission. He was all around the ball making tackles, getting pressure on the quarterback recording a sack, being aware deflecting passes.

LB Connor Barwin also with probably the best game of his short Eagles Career  making plays left and right. LB Demeco Ryans was a tackling machine. And OLB Trent Cole coming alive with his first multi-sack game since 2011. This unit is finally gelling and guys are becoming impact players which really change the atmosphere in this game.

The front 7 dominated the line of scrimmage causing havoc for Redskins QB Robert Grffin III who had a mediocre day, 17/35 264yds, 2 TDs, 2 Turnovers and a QB Rating of 81.1 but rattled his decision making by getting constant pressure up front and recording 4 sacks on RGIII.

The Eagles did however give up 23 first downs and over 400yd of offense but this is the Eagles D mentality, "Bend it but don't break it." They once again didn't allow a redzone touchdown, stopping the Redskins offense in both trips!

Negatives: The Eagles rush defense has performed well for the most part this season but they were tested on Sunday and struggled. The Redskins racked up 191 yards on the ground. RB Alfred Morris finished 93 yards on 22 carries, an average of 4.2 yards per attempt. And they kept losing containment of RGIII who ran off for 44 yards on 10 carries. You would like to see a better job containing the run and containing the mobile quarterback as they controlled the clock wearing down the defense.

Also the defense has done well not giving up the big play but they struggled a bit on Sunday allowing at least 6 plays of 20 yards or more. In the end it didn't hurt them but as well as they are playing, they are facing prolific offenses yet that are going to take advantage.

 

Special Teams- A:

Positives: Eagles punter Donnie Jones continues to impress booting one for 70yds, the longest since Randall Cunningham. He averaged 50 yards a punt and pinned a few deep in Redskins territory. The coverage units also only allowed 23 total return yards.

Negatives: Everything was going right for the Eagles special teams, the only negative was they didn't score a touchdown....

Coaching- B-:

Positives: Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis continues to impress with his gamplan and is getting the most out of his players and are playing as well as any defense in the league. Chip's play calling offensively has been going well with Foles under center. Making the adjustments and utilizing his player's strengths.

Negatives: Chip has hired a sports science coach so why can't he hire a coach to specificially point out to him when to challenge or not challenge a call because once again Chip missed a few questionable calls that sooner or later are going to cost this team in the end.

Overall- B+: A win is a win but you would like to see this team competitive through four quarters. Remember it's not how you start the game but how you finish the game. But they snap their 10 game home losing streak and now the Eagles are looking pretty riding a three-game winning streak and a 6-5 record which is good for sole possession of first place in the NFC East as they head into their bye week playing with a lot of confidence!

Box Score

PHI

WSH

1st Downs

22

23

Passing 1st downs

11

10

Rushing 1st downs

8

11

1st downs from Penalties

3

2

3rd down efficiency

4-13

8-17

4th down efficiency

1-2

0-1

Total Plays

62

77

Total Yards

402

427

Yards per play

6.5

5.5

Total Drives

12

12

Passing

276

236

Comp - Att

17-26

17-35

Yards per pass

10.6

6.7

Interceptions thrown

0

1

Sacks - Yards Lost

3-22

4-28

Rushing

126

191

Rushing Attempts

33

38

Yards per rush

3.8

5.0

Red Zone (Made-Att)

2-3

0-2

Penalties

9-68

4-39

Turnovers

0

2

Fumbles lost

0

1

Interceptions thrown

0

1

Defensive / Special Teams TDs

0

0

Possession

26:18

33:42