Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Eagles' Weak Linc

Eagles have lost five straight home games.

The Eagles' Weak Linc

Michael Vick and the Eagles have lost five straight games at Lincoln Financial Field. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick and the Eagles have lost five straight games at Lincoln Financial Field. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

If the Eagles beat the Cowboys Sunday night, it will have been 331 days between home victories for them. They haven't won a game at Lincoln Financial Field since Dec. 2, 2010, having dropped the last five. That is the longest home losing streak for the Birds since 1994-95.

If the Eagles fumble away this Sunday's night game, it will be their first six-game home losing streak since 1983, one year removed from the Dick Vermeil era. That would also put them in position to match the club record of eight home losses in a row (set in 1936-37) before Thanksgiving.

Over the five games, the Eagles have outgained their visitors in yardage and first downs. The problem comes in the form of a minus-9 turnover differential.

Here are the Birds' last five home games:

    Total Yards First Downs Turnovers
Date Opponent (W-L)   Result Eag. Opp.    Eag.    Opp.    Eag   Opp.
Dec. 28, 2010 Vikings (5-9)   L 14-  24 331 337 24 21 3 1
Jan. 2, 2011 Cowboys (5-10) L 13-  14 244 272 14 14 4 1
Jan. 9, 2011 Packers (10-6) L 16-  21 352 309 18 20 1 2
Sept. 25, 2011   Giants (1-1) L 16-  29 376 334 25 14 3 0
Oct. 2, 2011 49ers (2-1) L 23-  24 513 442 23 22 3 1
   Totals 82-112   1816   1694 104 91 14 5
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