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Eagles' Mile Nigh Starts

Eagles have had bad starts in each of their last two games in Denver.

Eagles' Mile Nigh Starts

Football fans walk into Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
Football fans walk into Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

If the Eagles are going to have any chance to win the game Sunday, they are going to have to come out of the chute a little better than they have in their last two games in Denver.

These numbers are astonishing, especially when you combine them (which we do below):

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 OCT. 4, 1998 (First 28:44)
   Broncos    Eagles  
 Score   35  2
 Yards  319  43
 Plays  46  21
 First Downs  17  2
 Time of Poss.    19:56  8:48

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 OCT. 30, 2005 (First 22:13)
   Broncos    Eagles  
 Score  28  0
 Yards  263  16
 Plays  36  14
 First Downs  18  1
 Time of Poss.    18:18  3:55
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 COMBINED (50:57)
   Broncos    Eagles  
 Score  63  2
 Yards  582  59
 Plays  82  35
 First Downs  35  3
 Time of Poss.    38:14  12:43
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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