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Archive: November, 2011

The Return of DeSean Jackson?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 4:07 AM
Don't be surprised if DeSean Jackson, who has four career punt return touchdowns, breaks one Thursday night. The Seahawks have allowed five punt returns TDs since the beginning of the 2008 season, the third-most in the league in that time, behind only the Vikings (7) and Panthers (6). Here are those... Read more

False Starts in Seattle

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:27 AM
Since the beginning of the 2005 season, opponents have been called for more false start penalties (107 in 53 games) at Seattle's CenturyLink Field than in any other NFL stadium. That includes a game in 2006, when the New York Giants were somehow called for 11 of them. The Eagles have been called for... Read more

No Philly Home-Field Advantage

Monday, November 28, 2011, 12:55 AM
If the Occupy Philly people need a place to stay, maybe the sports complex should be their next stop. Seems none of the local sports teams have been using their home digs to their full advantage lately. We're sure you have seen that the Eagles are 1-8 (including playoffs) in their last nine home games... Read more

Eagles: This Year, The Time IS Theirs

Friday, November 25, 2011, 2:00 AM
Thanks to their eight-minute, game-winning drive against the Giants (and their 36:18 time of possession for the game), the Eagles are now third in the NFL in average TOP (32:36). That is the second highest the club has recorded over the last 26 seasons (back to 1986, as far back as our records go)... Read more

Birds Have Been Taking Out Winning Teams

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 3:40 AM
The Eagles have won five of their last six regular season games against teams that entered the game with a record three or more games above .500. They are 9-3 in those games since Thanksgiving, 2008: Date Eagles Opponent Record Result Nov. 27, 2008 5-5-1 Cardinals 7-4 W 48-20 ... Read more

Vince Young's Better Half

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 3:54 AM
Certainly, if the Eagles are going to need Vince Young at quarterback again this season, they'd like to see Sunday's second-half Young. Here are how his stats broke down by quarter and half Sunday night: Cmp. Att. Yds. TD Int. Rating 1st Quarter 4 8 26 0 1 17.7 2nd Quarter ... Read more

Weird Rushing Stat

Monday, November 21, 2011, 2:14 AM
For just the third time in the 221-game Andy Reid era, the Eagles finished a game with more rushing attempts than their opponent had rushing yards. The rushing numbers from those games: EAGLES OPP. Date Opponent Result Att. Yds. Att. Yds. Sept. 28, 2003 at Bills ... Read more

Jagr Back in the Nick of Time

Monday, November 21, 2011, 2:00 AM
Although he missed the Flyers’ trip to Winnipeg this weekend (poor guy) with a lower-body injury, we suspect that Jaromir Jagr will do all he can to return very, very soon. The Flyers’ opponents that start this week — the Carolina Hurricanes Monday and the New York Islanders on Wednesday... Read more

Asante Samuel on the Ball

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2:00 AM
You have probably heard that since the beginning of the 2006 season, the Eagles’ Asante Samuel leads the NFL with 38 interceptions. According to pro-football-reference.com, he also leads the league in passes defensed (102) over that time. (And before you ask, he is tied for 60th in tackles from... Read more

Andy Reid: Calling No. 9

Friday, November 18, 2011, 2:01 AM
If Michael Vick is unable to answer the bell on Sunday, either Vince Young or Mike Kafka will become the ninth different Eagles quaterback to start for Andy Reid. (See if you can name them all without looking.) Those eight with games started and record in those games (including the postseason): Quarterback GS Record Donovan... Read more
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