EAGLES ARE 3-1, AND IN FIRST PLACE IN NFC EAST…HERE’S WHY

Al Thompson
LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 136 yards including this 68-yard run in the fourth quarter-a career best. 
Photo by Brian Garfinkel-philadelphiaeagls.com
LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 136 yards including this 68-yard run in the fourth quarter-a career best. Photo by Brian Garfinkel-philadelphiaeagls.com

The Eagles showed grit and determination during Sunday’s 26-24 win over the San Diego Chargers at the StubHub Center.

Playing without Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles, Ronald Darby and a limited Rodney McLeod, the Eagles were able to beat a desperate Chargers team looking for its first win.

LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 136 yards including  a career best 68-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped put the game away.

Wentz was 17 of 31 for 242 yards and one touchdown pass. He was sacked once and did not throw an interception.

Phillip Rivers was 22 of 38 for 347 yards and two TD passes. He was sacked twice and did not throw an interception

From the 214 yards rushing as a team, Jake Elliott’s four consecutive field goals and the hoard of Eagles fans in attendance, this win was one for the books.

Well for the books, here are some fast facts from the Philadelphia Eagles.

RECORDS & STREAKS

·       Philadelphia is now 3-1 this season, including a 2-1 mark on the road and a 2-0 record in division games. The Eagles have won at least 3 of their first 4 games of the season in consecutive years (also 3-1 in 2016) for the first time since 2004-06 (4-0; 3-1; 3-1).

·       Philadelphia has won 5 of its last 6 contests dating back to Week 16 in 2016. During that stretch, the Eagles are averaging 25.7 points per game.

·       Philadelphia has registered 20+ points in 8 consecutive games dating back to Week 14 in 2016, marking the longest active streak in the NFL. The Eagles are tied for the 3rd-most 20+ point games (17) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only Atlanta (18) and New England (18).

SUCCESS ON THIRD DOWN

·       Philadelphia finished the game 9-of-16 (56.3%) on third down, which tied for the club’s 9th-highest third-down conversion rate since 1991. The Eagles (2017: 30-of-59, 50.8%) have converted at least 50.0% of their third-down attempts in 3 of the first 4 games of the season. The last time Philadelphia accomplished that feat in as many games was in 1992 (all 4 games).

TIME OF POSSESSION

 ·       Philadelphia turned in a time of possession of 39:18, which was its highest single-game figure since 9/11/16 vs. Cleveland (39:20 – W, 29-10). The Eagles have posted a 37:00+ time of possession in consecutive games (37:32 in Week 3 vs. NYG) for the first time since 10/16/11-10/30/11.

TOTAL NET YARDS

·       Philadelphia’s 454 total net yards were the club’s most in a single game since 11/8/15 at Dallas (459 yards – W, 33-27). The Eagles have recorded 400+ total net yards in back-to-back road games for the first time since 10/26/14-12/28/14 (6 games).

·       Philadelphia’s 1,630 total net yards this season are the club’s most through four games since 2013 (1,835 yards).

RUSHING TO VICTORY

·       Philadelphia’s 214 rushing yards marked the team’s highest single-game total since 11/27/14 at Dallas (256 yards – W, 33-10). The Eagles have rushed for 190+ yards in 2 straight games for just the third time since 1995, last doing so from 10/16/11-10/30/11.

·       The Eagles’ 572 rushing yards in 2017 are their most through four games since 2013 (793 yards).

·       LeGarrette Blount led Philadelphia with a season-high 136 yards on 16 attempts (8.5 avg.). Blount’s 136 yards marked the 5th-highest rushing total of his career and his most since logging 148 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game (1/18/15 vs. Indianapolis with New England).

·       Blount became the first Eagle to rush for 136+ yards in a single game since LeSean McCoy on 11/27/14 at Dallas (159 yards – W, 33-10).

·       Blount’s 68-yard run from Philadelphia’s 29-yard line to Los Angeles’ 3 in the fourth quarter was the 2nd-longest of his career (73-yard TD on 1/11/14 vs. Indianapolis with New England in the 2013 AFC Divisional Round).

·       According to ESPN Stats & Info, Blount finished with 109 rushing yards after contact, which is the most in the NFL this season and the 5th-most by any player over the last 5 seasons.

·       Wendell Smallwood’s 3-yard plunge to give the Eagles a 26-17 advantage in the fourth quarter marked the 2nd rushing TD of his career. Smallwood also added a career-high 45 receiving yards, including a career-long 24-yard reception.

CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS

·       Jake Elliott booted the Eagles to leads of 10-0, 13-0, 16-7 and 19-10 with FGs from 45, 40, 53 and 47 yards. Elliott has now made 6 consecutive FG attempts, all of which have been from 40+ yards (46, 61, 45, 40, 53, 47). During that stretch, Elliott’s made FGs are averaging 48.7 yards in distance.

RECEIVING LEADERS

·       Zach Ertz led the Eagles with 5 receptions for 81 yards (16.2 avg.). In his last 16 games, Ertz has compiled 95 receptions for 1,047 yards (11.0 avg.) and 5 TDs.

·       Ertz has caught 5+ passes in a team-record 7 straight road games. He has also recorded 75+ receiving yards in 4 consecutive games on the road (longest active streak in the NFL).

·       Alshon Jeffery helped give the Eagles a 7-0 lead after catching his 2nd TD of the season on an 8-yard pass fromCarson Wentz. Jeffery, who is now tied with Nelson Agholor for the team lead in receiving TDs, has scored in back-to-back road games for the first time since 12/1/13-12/15/13.

POINTS OFF TAKEAWAYS 

·       On the Chargers’ opening drive, Chris Long recorded a strip-sack of Philip Rivers at the Eagles’ 41-yard line, while the fumble was recovered by Derek Barnett (first of his career) at the 32. Long joins Brandon Graham (2.5) andFletcher Cox (2.0) as Eagles with 2.0+ sacks in 2017.

·       The takeaway resulted in a scoring drive (8-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery), giving Philadelphia 28 points off 7 takeaways this season. Entering today’s game, the Eagles ranked T-5th in the NFL in takeaways and T-9th in points off takeaways.

PLAYER MILESTONES

·       Brent Celek appeared in his 163rd career regular-season game (all with Philadelphia), moving into sole possession of 6th place on the Eagles’ all-time list. Only David Akers (188, 1999-2010), Brian Dawkins (183, 1996-2008), Harold Carmichael (180, 1971-83), Chuck Bednarik (169, 1949-62) and Tra Thomas (166, 1998-2008) have played in more regular-season games with Philadelphia.

·       Brandon Graham, who is the longest-tenured member of the Eagles’ defense, played in his 100th career regular-season game (all with Philadelphia).

 MORE FROM THE GAME

 ·       Philadelphia improved to a 5-7 (.417) all-time record vs. Los Angeles in a series that dates back to 1974. The Eagles have won three of their last five games (.600) against the Chargers since 2001.

·       Today marked Philadelphia’s first road win vs. Los Angeles since 10/6/74 at San Diego (W, 13-7).

·       The Eagles returned to the Los Angeles area for the first time since 9/23/90, when they defeated the Rams, 27-21, at Anaheim Stadium.

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