Philadelphia Eagles By the Numbers
I grew up an hour outside of Philly, so I think I know what the fuck I’m talking about when it comes to the Eagles. At ABC, I flaunted that knowledge (meaning I wrote down what I researched this morning):
61.1: Eagles’ first down run rate in the first quarter
There’s little doubt that the Eagles want to run the ball. They do it a lot early in games, with the rate of first down runs decreasing as contests progress.
Some of that is probably due to game situations, but it’s still noteworthy. It will be interesting to see 1) how the Eagles’ run rate changes with Nick Foles at quarterback and 2) if the offense can be as efficient with Foles, instead of Michael Vick, running variations of the read-option.
8: DeSean Jackson’s red zone targets
Through six games, Jackson is leading the Eagles in red zone targets.
It’s never a good thing when a 5’10”, 175-pound receiver is leading your team in targets inside the 20. There’s an extremely strong correlation between height/weight and red zone efficiency, so it’s no surprise that Jackson has converted just one-fourth of his 2013 red zone targets into touchdowns.
Jackson also has a career red zone touchdown rate of just 12.7 percent, which is horrific. In comparison, Dez Bryant has converted five of his eight 2013 red zone targets into touchdowns and 19 of 45 (42.2 percent) during his career.
If the Eagles want to target Jackson in the red zone, the Cowboys should be more than happy to let that happen. He’s certainly a player to monitor between the 20s, but he should never see a double-team when the field is condensed.