Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Penalties, McNabb and the NFC East

Who are the Eagles leaders in penalties through the first four games? Here is a player-by-player look. Plus a peak around the NFC East.

Penalties, McNabb and the NFC East


The Eagles were called for eight penalties for 80 yards in last week's loss to the Redskins. In the last two weeks, they've had 15 penalties for 164 yards.

And on the season, the Birds have 34 penalties (fourth-most in the league going into today) for 319 yards (tied for second-most).

Here's how it breaks down on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense: 15 penalties for 120 yards
Defense: 11 penalties for 123 yards
Special teams: 8 penalties for 76 yards

The player-by-player penalty count is below. Ellis Hobbs leads the team with 58 penalty yards. All of those have come in the last two weeks. Today, Hobbs is the Eagles' No. 1 cornerback with Asante Samuel sidelined.

Mike McGlynn is the only regular on the offensive line who has not been charged with a penalty through four weeks.

Jason Peters leads the team with four penalties. Two of those came last week against the Redskins.

Player No. of penalties Penalty yards
Ellis Hobbs 3 58
Kurt Coleman 3 40
Jason Peters 4 35
Stewart Bradley 2 15
Eldra Buckley 1 15
Quintin Mikell 1 15
Ernie Sims 1 15
Max Jean-Gilles 1 10
Winston Justice 1 10
Brent Celek 1 10
Clay Harbor 1 10
Reggie Wells 1 10
Todd Herremans 1 10
Trent Cole 1 5
Antwan Barnes 1 5
Dimitri Patterson 1 5
Michael Vick 1 5
Nick Cole 1 5
Antonio Dixon 1 5
DeSean Jackson 1 5
Juqua Parker 1 5


The Giants and Redskins both won this afternoon.

Donovan McNabb and the 'Skins rallied from a 13-3 fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game and force overtime where a 33-yard Graham Gano field goal won it. McNabb completed 26 of 49 attempts for 357 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Washington sacked Aaron Rodgers four times and held the Packers to just three points in the second half and overtime.

The Giants, meanwhile, took it to the Texans, 34-10. New York wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had 12 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. In his last two games, Nicks has 20 catches for 240 yards.

Both teams are 3-2 after five weeks. The Eagles will need a win to stay tied atop the division.

The Cowboys and Titans are tied at 17 as of this writing. Tennessee sacked Tony Romo five times in the first half. Ex-Eagle Jason Babin had two of those and now has 5.5 on the season.

Earlier today, I rounded up predictions from the national media.

Don't forget that I'll be chatting tonight during Eagles-49ers. And you can join both the Eagles and Phillies chats here.

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