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Archive: September, 2012

Don't Come Back, Shane

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:55 AM
Sometimes there are numbers that we simply can't explain (but we're sure there are more than a few BoopStats readers that will be happy to explain it to us), and this is one of them. We've always been a big Shane Victorino fan, but winning baseball just seems to have deserted him this year. Consider... Read more

The Second (Half) Coming of Juan

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 2:52 AM
When the Eagles held the Browns to 57 yards (on 27 plays) after intermission Sunday, it was the lowest second-half yardage allowed by the Birds in 48 games; the Panthers were held to 53 yards after the break in the 2009 opener. In fact, over the last seven regular season games, the Eagles defense... Read more

Eagles By The Numbers

Monday, September 10, 2012, 3:46 AM
Click Here for a readable copy of our By The Numbers Page (seen below) from Monday's Daily News Eagles coverage. Read more

Eagles/Phillies: One and One

Monday, September 10, 2012, 2:42 AM
Sunday, for just the third time in history, the Eagles and Phillies each won a game by one point/run on the same day. We were real surprised to find out the Eagles have just 24 one-point victories in their history. Here's a look at the three days that the teams did the single double-up: ... Read more

Andy Reid's 501 Genes

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:00 PM
Since he first pulled on his Brigham Young game jersey as a junior back on Sept. 8, 1979, Andy Reid has been involved in 501 collegiate or pro football games (regular season and postseason), either as a player (1979-80), graduate assistant (1981-82), assistant coach (1983-98) or head coach (1999-2011)... Read more

The Best of 8-8

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12:00 PM
Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, there have been 115 teams that have finished 8-8. None of them outgained their opponents by as many yards as the Eagles did last season. The Birds were almost 1200 yards better than their foes. The only other 8-8 team that was a +1100 was the 2008... Read more

Putting Up Six For Andy

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 11:00 AM
Over Andy Reid's 13 seasons, the Eagles have scored 547 touchdowns by 88 different players. Although Brian Westbrook has scored more than twice as many TDs (68) as any other Bird in that timeframe, LeSean McCoy is already second (33) and DeSean Jackson (28) is tied for third. Two other 2012 Eagles... Read more

The Jackson Three

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 10:00 AM
DeSean Jackson's first four years as an Eagle line up nicely with two other prominent Jackson receivers in the club's history — Harold and Keith. The only other Jacksons with catches in Eagles' history are Kenny (122 over seven seasons), Earnest (10 in 1985) and Randy (2 in 1974). Here are how... Read more

Andy Reid's QB Draft Cycle

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:00 AM
When the Eagles selected Arizona quarterback Nick Foles in in the third round of this year's draft, it completed Andy Reid's QB cycle. During the Reid era, the Birds have drafted six QBs, one in each of the first six rounds of the draft. Here are their career collegiate passing totals: Player ... Read more

Keeping Shady McCoy Busy

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 8:00 AM
(We saw this chart from Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch and had to borrow it. For more from Paul, check out his NFL notes column, published every week in SportsWeek.) The Eagles’ LeSean McCoy participated in 894 of the Eagles’ 1036 offensive plays last season, the most of any... Read more
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