Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Turnaround by Turnovers

A look at three 3-6 teams that rebounded to make the playoffs.

Turnaround by Turnovers

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

The Eagles have as much chance of making the playoffs as I do of finishing the Philadelphia Marathon. And, by the way, I get winded just saying “Philadelphia Marathon.”

But it says right here it is part of our job to point out things like this, so we will ...

Since the NFL went to the current playoff format in 1990, three teams that were 3-6 after nine games rebounded to make the playoffs. And they each did it pretty much the same way: by improving their turnover differential.

Here's how those three playoff teams compare in the turnover department with the 2011 Eagles, at least so far:

Through 9 Games                          3-6           3-6             3-6             3-6
   Takeaways 23 12 14 14
   Giveaways 27 13 21 21
   TO Differential —4 —1 —7 —7
Final 7 Games        7-0 7-0 6-1 ?
   Takeaways 17 23 13 ?
   Giveaways 11 12 9 ?
   TO Differential +6 +11 +4 ?
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