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Running the Numbers: The Stats on the Eagles

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My latest Running the Numbers piece is a statistical view of the Eagles.

41.2: Michael Vick’s passer rating when pressured.

Getting to Vick has obvious benefits outside of bringing him down. Specifically, Vick has always been somewhat reckless with the ball when throwing in the face of pressure, as evidenced by his 41.4 completion rate and 4.3 percent interception rate when pressured in 2012. Dallas might want to avoid excessive blitzes against Vick, however, for two reasons: First, the Cowboys’ four or five-man pass rush should be able to reach Vick anyway; secondly, Vick can be deadly against man coverage, running for big chunks of yards when defenders have their backs turned to the ball. Plus, Vick has a 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio against the blitz this season.

3.12: Number of seconds Vick has to throw, on average.

That might seem like the blink of an eye, but Vick has actually had more time to throw than all but one quarterback. In comparison, Tony Romo has been afforded an average of 2.76 seconds on each dropback, ranking as the 12th-highest in the NFL. These numbers suggest that the Eagles’ offensive line really hasn’t been as poor as people think. Strengthening that idea is the fact that Vick has had more dropbacks with at least 2.6 seconds to throw than any other quarterback in the league.

Check out more numbers at DallasCowboys.com.

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