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Eagles Tossing Up Big Chunks

Eagles are gaining yards globs at a time.

Eagles Tossing Up Big Chunks

Maybe the reason the Eagles haven’t been good in scoring touchdowns once they are in the red zone (7-17, 41.2 percent, 30th in the NFL) is that their big-play offense just needs more room to work. They top all NFL teams in plays that gain at least 20 yards, 30 yards and 40 yards.

The leaders in each of the those categories (entering Week 6):

 20+ Yards         30+ Yards         40+ Yards
 Eagles  38   Eagles  16   Eagles  7 
 Seahawks   26  Bears  14  Falcons  6
 Packers  24  Bears  14  Bears  6
 Saints  24  Jets  10  Dolphins   6
 Ravens  24  (Five tied)    9  Vikings  6
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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