Friday, February 12, 2016

Scrap the National Anthem?

Eagles have started the second half much better than they have the first half.

Scrap the National Anthem?

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(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Whatever the Eagles are usually doing before a game starts, they should stop it — just stop it right now. And whatever they do during halftime, they should think of doing that before kickoff.

The Birds have scored a grand total of zero (0) points on the first possession of their six games this season. But they have managed to put 23 points on the scoreboard on their first handling of the pigskin after intermission, having scored to open the second half in each of their last five games.

We’re gonna go out on a limb here and credit the running game. Why? Well, their passing numbers in the game’s first possession are almost identical to those of the second half’s first try. The running game, meanwhile, doubles in productivity after the 15-minute rest, as opposed to the six-day (or longer) version.

The Eagles’ 2012 numbers on the first possessions in each half:

   First Drive   
 First Half
 First Drive
 Second Half   
 Points  0  23
    Touchdowns  0  2
    Field Goals  0  3
   
 First Downs  9  20
   
 Total Yards  159  293
    Total Plays  34  51
    Yards/Play  4.68  5.76
   
 Rushes-Yards  13-28  32-153
    Yards/Rush  2.15  4.78
   
 Net Passing Yards  131  140
 Comp.-Attempts  14-20  13-19
 Sacked-Yards  1-0  0-0
   
 Turnovers  2  0
    Interceptions  1  0
    Fumbles-Lost  1-1  2-0
   
 Penalties-Yards  3-20  0-0
    Opp. Pen.-Yards  0-0  4-40
   
 Time of Possession        18:24  25:57
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