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10 Eagles numbers that matter

Here are 10 Eagles numbers that mean something:

10 Eagles numbers that matter

LeSean McCoy has 23 carries of 10+ yards, tops in the NFL. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy has 23 carries of 10+ yards, tops in the NFL. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here are 10 Eagles numbers that mean something:

5.5 - The difference in receiving yards per game between Jeremy Maclin (81.5) and DeSean Jackson (76.0). I've heard a lot of talk about how Maclin is the No. 1 receiver and Jackson isn't doing enough to warrant a big contract, but the truth is, both guys are having good years. In fact, Maclin (98/1,304), Jackson (64/1,216) and Jason Avant (69/901) are all on pace to set career highs in receptions AND yards. Maclin is more well-rounded and consistent; Jackson continues to be the home run threat. Brian Westbrook set the Eagles franchise record with 90 receptions back in 2007, but Maclin's got a chance to top that. And the Eagles have never had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. That too could happen this season.

94.9 - Michael Vick's quarterback rating if he maintained the same interception rate from a year ago. Vick was picked off once every 62 attempts last season. This year, he's been intercepted once every 25 attempts. Vick's completion percentage (62.6%/61.5%) and yards per attempt (8.1/7.9) are similar to 2010. The interceptions - some of have been his fault, others have not - have been the difference in his play.

23 - The number of rushes that have gained 10+ yards for LeSean McCoy. That's No. 1 in the NFL, according to STATS.com. And it's not really that close. No other running back has more than 17. McCoy had 28 such runs ALL of last season. Vick is tied for fifth in the league, by the way, with 15.

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9.9 - McCoy's yards per carry average in the fourth quarter. That too is No. 1 among NFL running backs. Last year, McCoy averaged 6.1 yards per carry in the fourth, second to only Jamaal Charles.

19 - The Eagles' special-teams rank, according to Football Outsiders. Only four teams have been worse on kickoff returns. On the bright side, only three teams have a better mark in kickoff coverage. Alex Henery has kicked touchbacks 37.5 percent of the time. which is tied for 25th in the NFL. In case you're wondering, David Akers is kicking touchbacks 61.1 percent of the time, seventh in the league.

70.59 - Opponents' red-zone scoring percentage (touchdowns) against the Eagles. Guess what? The Birds are not last anymore! The Chiefs (73.68 percent) beat them out. Last year, of course, the Eagles were dead last at 78.26 percent. Offensively, the Eagles are 25th in red-zone scoring percentage, converting touchdowns 41.38 percent of the time.

10 - The number of snaps Steve Smith has played in the last two weeks. Smith has been targeted once and caught one ball for 7 yards in the last three games. On the season, he's got five catches for 63 yards and has not had an impact, unless you count that interception that bounced off his hands against the Giants.

5.54 - Vick's yards per attempt when opponents blitz six or more defenders. In other words, he's not making defenses pay enough when they send big blitzes at him. Overall, Vick has been blitzed about 41.5 percent of the time. But only 30 of the 97 blitzes rushed six or more. Don't be surprised if Vick sees more of those (starting next week against Dallas) until he proves he can burn them.

2 - The number of Eagles' offensive linemen who have played every snap this year - Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce, according to Pro Football Focus. Despite injuries, this unit has allowed just nine sacks, fourth-fewest in the NFL and ranks sixth in adjusted sack rate (sacks per pass play). However, the Eagles have given up 34 quarterback hits, sixth-most in the NFL. Football Outsiders has the Eagles' line rated seventh in overall run blocking and first in the league in run blocking at the second level. In other words, Howard Mudd's unit has a lot of work to do, but the offensive line has been pretty good in a variety of areas.

17 - The number of Eagles' turnovers, which is most in the NFL. No other team has more than 12. The Eagles are -8 in turnover differential; only the Steelers are worse. The offense is turning it over on 24.3 percent of its offensive drives. Think about that. Turnovers, more than anything else, tell the story behind the 2-4 start.


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