Everything you need to know about the Eagles statistically heading into today’s road battle against the 0-3 Chargers:
— The Eagles lead the league in average time of possessions (34:12) and are tied for first in plays per game (69.0). The Chargers are 30th in average time of possession (27:20) and 24th in plays per game (59.3).
— Carson Wentz has thrown for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in back-to-back road games. Amazingly, only two other Eagles quarterback ever have done that — Michael Vick and Sonny Jurgensen.
— Zach Ertz has a team-high 21 receptions. Fourteen of them have picked up first downs. That’s the third most in the league behind the Steelers’ Antonio Brown (18) and the Packers’ Jordy Nelson (15). Nelson has played four games.
— Ertz has caught five or more passes in six straight road games.
— Jake Elliott’s 61-yard field goal against the Giants was the longest in franchise history. It also is tied for the seventh longest in league history.
— The Eagles are tied for third in the third-down efficiency, converting 48.8 percent. They’ve done that despite the fact that they have the fourth most third downs of eight yards or more in the league (21 of 43). They’ve converted 38.1 percent of their third-and-longs (8). Last year, they converted just 21.3 percent of their third-and-longs, which was a big reason why they finished 20th in third-down efficiency (37.9 percent).
— Wentz is ninth in third-down passing with a 107.8 rating. He has completed 64.7 percent of his third-down passes, has averaged 8.32 yards per attempt and thrown three touchdown passes and one interception. He finished 28th last year (67.0) with a 55.8 completion percentage, 6.10 yards per attempt, 3 TDs and five interceptions.
— The Eagles’ average drive start through three games is the 26.3-yard line. Their opponents’ is the 32.2, which is a minus-5.9-yard differential.
— Jim Schwartz called just six blitzes on 47 pass plays last week against the Giants. The Eagles have blitzed on just 11 of 85 pass plays in the last two games (12.9 percent). In Week 1 v. the Redskins, they blitzed on 13 of 44 pass plays (29.5 percent).
— Six of the Eagles’ eight sacks have come with a four-man rush. But their overall performance against the pass with a four-man rush hasn’t been very good. Opponents have a 105.6 passer rating when the Eagles have rushed four. They’re completing 73.1 percent of their passes and averaging 8.1 yards per attempt. When the Eagles have blitzed, opponents have a 44.9 passer rating (50.0 completion percentage, 4.7 yards per attempt, zero TDs, one interception)
— Wentz is just 3-for-16 on throws that have traveled 20 or more yards in the air. He attempted just one 20-plus-yard pass against the Giants last week — an incompletion to Torrey Smith. He also threw deep to Alshon Jeffery, drawing a 41-yard pass interference penalty on the Giants’ Eli Apple, which set up a touchdown.
— Against the Giants last week, 24 of Wentz’s 31 pass attempts traveled between zero and 10 yards (he was 17-for-24 for 150 yards and one touchdown on those throws). Three more attempts were thrown behind the line of scrimmage. Just four passes traveled more than 10 yards.
— The Eagles have run 148 of their 207 plays (71.5 percent) from the shotgun formation in their first three games. Just 42 of those 148 plays have been runs. They’ve averaged 5.1 yards per carry running out of shotgun. Thirty-eight of their 59 plays from under center have been runs. They’re averaging 3.8 yards per carry from under center.
— Twenty-one of LeGarrette Blount’s 26 rushing attempts have been from under center. He’s averaging 5.0 yards per carry from under center and 1.6 per carry out of shotgun. Wendell Smallwood, on the other hand, is averaging just 1.0 yards per carry from under center (4-4) and 5.0 out of shotgun (15-75).
— Opposing tight ends have been targeted 27 times in the first three games. They have 18 receptions for 184 yards (10.2 per catch) and one touchdown. Opposing running backs have been targeted 16 times and have 12 catches for 117 yards (9.7 per catch) and one TD.
— The Eagles have run 60.9 percent of their plays (126 of 207) with “11” personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs). They’ve run 26.6 percent of their plays (55 of 207) with “12” personnel (1 RB, 2 TEs, 2 WRs). Their run percentage is roughly the same out of both personnel groupings — 36.5 percent in “11” and 38.2 percent in “12.” Wentz has an 88.7 passer rating in “11” and 107.4 in “12”.
— Wentz leads the Eagles in rushing first downs through three games with six. In his last 10 games dating back to last season, he has 18.
— Eagles receivers have six drops in the first three games, which is pretty much the same pace as last year, when they finished with 31. Torrey Smith has three of their six drops. Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Trey Burton each have one.
— The Eagles are 16th in average gain on first down (5.22) and 26th on second down (4.63).
— The Eagles are tied for fourth in red zone offense and defense. They’ve scored touchdowns on six of nine trips inside the red zone (66.7 percent), while their defense has held opponents to four TDs in 10 red-zone opportunities (40 percent).
— The Chargers are tied for second in the league in sacks with 11. Defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa have 7 1/2 of them, including 5 1/2 by Ingram. Ingram had three sacks last week in a 24-10 loss to the Chiefs. Ingram and Bosa both move around. Ingram has 80 pass rush snaps. Forty-one have been on the right side and 39 on the left, according to Pro Football Focus. Five of his 7 1/2 sacks and six of his 10 pressures (hits, hurries) have come from the left side. Bosa has 85 pass rush snaps. Fifty-three have been on the left side and 32 on the right. He has two sacks and two pressures on the left side and one sack (PFF credited Bosa with three sacks) and four pressures from the right side.
— Eagles offensive tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson have collectively given up just one sack, two hits and five hurries, according to PFF. They have Johnson ranked seventh among OTs in pass-blocking efficiency and Peters ninth.
— In the last two games, Eagles opponents have started on their 40-yard line or better seven times in 22 possessions. In those same two games, the Eagles have started just two of 23 possessions at the 40 or better.
— The Eagles are sixth in run defense (75.0 yards per game), but 19th in yards allowed per carry (4.2). They’ve given up 225 rushing yards. Seventy-three of those 225 yards came on two runs — Kareem Hunt’s 53-yard touchdown run in Week 2, and Orleans Darkwa’s 20-yard run last week. The Eagles have held opponents to 2.9 yards per carry on the other 51 rushing attempts against them.
— The Eagles have allowed a total of 11 punt return yards in their first three games. Just four of Donnie Jones’ 12 punts have been returned.