Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stats Nuggets from Eagles-Bengals

Some stat nuggets from Eagles-Bengals.

Stats Nuggets from Eagles-Bengals

Cullen Jenkins (left) pressures Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (right) during the first quarter. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Cullen Jenkins (left) pressures Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (right) during the first quarter. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

   For those who were confused by that strange penalty called on the Eagles early in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Bengals, it is listed thusly on the official play-by-play sheet:
   “Defense simulated the snap count.”
   Not listed on the official sheet was this penalty that was not accessed, but easily could have been:
   “Eagles simulated a Pop Warner team.”

BECAUSE WE CAN COUNT
♦  Friday is Day No. 5,087 of the Andy Reid era.

TURNOVERS
♦ Early in the second quarter, Trent Cole recovered a fumble by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton. It was the Eagles’ first takeaway since the Saints game on Nov. 5 ... the day before the Presidential election.
   There had been 343 minutes and 53 seconds of playing time elapsed between those takeaways.
   Over that time, opponents had run 342 plays without turning the ball over to the Birds.
♦ The Eagles have lost more fumbles this season than their opponents have committed.
   The Birds have fumbled 35 times, losing 21. Opponents have fumbled 20 times, with the Eagles snapping up just five.
♦ Since the beginning of the 2011 season, the Eagles have committed 72 turnovers in 30 games, worst among all NFL games.

POINTS ALLOWED
♦ Eagles opponents have now scored 250 points over the last eight games. Some quick math tells us that would be a 16-game pace for 500 points. The NFL record for points allowed is 533 (1981 Colts). Five hundred points would be the fourth worst all-time.
♦ Through seven home games, the Eagles have allowed 198 points, an average of 28.29 per game.
   Only one Eagles team in history has allowed a higher points/game average at home. The 1968 club surrendered 210 points in seven home games (30.00). They were 1-6.

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MISCELLANEOUS
♦ The Eagles (4-10) now have suffered six double-digit loss seasons in the 16-game era (since 1978). They have 18 double-digit win seasons in that time.
♦ Opponents have eight return TDs versus the Birds. Eagles have just one, Damaris Johnson’s 98-yard punt return.
♦ The Eagles got to Dalton for six sacks. It had been 36 games since they registered that many sacks in a home game. They had nine against the Steelers on Sept. 21, 2008 in a 15-6 victory.
♦ Eagles kicker Alex Henery is now 30-for-32 (93.8%) on field goals at Lincoln Financial Field.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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