Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eagles-Seahawks (Sloppy) Leftovers

Some statistical tidbits left over from Thursday's Eagles-Seahawks fiasco.

Eagles-Seahawks (Sloppy) Leftovers

Eagles quarterback Vince Young scrambles against the Seahawks on Thursday night. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Vince Young scrambles against the Seahawks on Thursday night. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The only place to start is at the beginning:

Vince Young threw an interception (Kam Chancellor) on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage. The last time an Eagles' QB did that was Dec. 2, 2007, when A.J. Feeley did the "honors" at Lincoln Financial Field against ... wait for it ... the Seattle Seahawks. That time, Lofa Tatupu was the lucky recipient. And, of course, the Seahawks scored on the possession that followed en route to a 24-14 victory.

♦ The Eagles have now gone 18 consecutive games (Chicago, Nov. 28, 2010) without handing the ball to a running back on their first play of the game. (Sean McCoy lost a yard.) It's been 21 games (Indianapolis, Nov. 7, 2010) since the Eagles did so and gained yards. (A McCoy 62-yard run.)

♦ According to ESPNStats (one of favorite blogs to "borrow" from), Vince Young has throw 37 passes at least 15 yards down the field. He has 16 compeletions among them (43.2%) and 8 interceptions (21.6%).

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♦ During the Andy Reid era, Eagles' starting quarterbacks not named Donovan McNabb have a regular season record of 30-32.

♦ Right now, the Eagles are still alive for the NFC East tite. (Pause for laughter.) They will be eliminated if both the Giants (vs. the Packers) and the Cowboys (at Cardinals) win this weekend.

Seven of the 13 Eagles-Seahawks games all-time have been decided by 17 or more points.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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