Did the Eagles meet their defensive goals on Sunday against the Falcons? Here's a look.
Allow 17 points or less: The Eagles accomplished this one for the third time in four games. Not bad, considering the Eagles failed to reach this goal for five straight games (dating back to last season) prior to Week 3. The defense is allowing exactly 20 points per game through six weeks.
Allow 285 yards or less: The defense was very close on this one, allowing 293 total yards - 228 through the air and 65 on the ground. The Eagles have allowed 293 or less in two of their last three games. They've allowed 285 or less just once all season (against the Jaguars).
Create two or more turnovers: The Eagles got this one late when Trent Cole forced a Matt Ryan fumble in the fourth quarter. Asante Samuel's second-quarter interception came at a good time. The Falcons had driven deep into Eagles territory when Samuel picked off a pass that went right through Tony Gonzalez's hands. The Birds have come up with seven takeaways in the last two weeks.
Limit opponents to less than 44 rush attempts and pass completions (combined): Ryan completed 23 passes, and the Falcons running backs combined for 18 attempts for a grand total of 41. The Eagles accomplished this one.
Allow no more than three big plays (defined as runs of 10 yards or more, or passes of 25 yards or more): Good job by the Eagles here. They allowed two big plays against Atlanta. The Falcons' longest run of the day was a 9-yarder. Ryan connected with Michael Jenkins for a 42-yard gain, and he hit Roddy White for a 25-yard gain.
Limit opponents to 5.5 yards per pass attempt: Not quite. Ryan completed 23 of 42 passes for 250 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per attempt.
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