Beyond the numbers

AN OFFENSE CHILDRESS CERTAINLY RECOGNIZED

The ratios the Eagles threw at coach Brad Childress and the Vikings yesterday weren't a whole lot different than when he was in Philly as offensive coordinator. The Eagles passed more than they ran and went to Brian Westbrook more than 40 percent of the time. Westbrook now has more than 59 percent of the carries (110-of-185) and 24.3 percent of the receptions (35-of-145) despite missing a game.

Yesterday

Runs: 26

40.6%

Passes: 36

56.2%

Sacks: 2

This season

Runs: 185

40.7%

Passes: 242

53.3%

Sacks: 27

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NOT QUITE A SIGNATURE DAY FOR B.W.

Despite scoring two touchdowns yesterday, Brian Westbrook combined for just 92 yards (46 rushing, 46 catching). It was his lowest total of the season. A closer look, including his rushing yards, receiving yards and total yards:

Date Opp. Rush. Rec. Total TDs Result

9/09 at Packers 85 46 131 0 L 13-16

9/17 vs. Redskins 96 66 162 0 L 12-20

9/23 vs. Lions 110 111 221 3 W 56-21

9/30 at Giants Did not play

10/14 at Jets 120 36 156 0 W 16-9

10/21 vs. Bears 79 40 119 0 L 16-19

10/28 at Vikings 46 46 92 2 W 23-16

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FOES RUNNING UPHILL

Adrian Peterson came into the game as the NFL's leading rusher, but the Eagles held him to just 70 yards. In their seven games so far this season, the defense has allowed the opposition's top runner to average just 65 yards a game. Interestingly, the numbers they've permitted are almost identical to what they yielded last season. Have a look.

2007 2006

Leading rusher Yds.-Att.-TDs Leading rusher Yds.-Att.-TDs

Jackson, Packers 15-40-0 Lundy, Texans 11-32-0

Portis, Redskins 17-69-1 Barber, Giants 21-51-0

Bell, Lions 5-20-0 Gore, 49ers 16-52-0

Ward, Giants 19-80-0 Morency, Packers 26-99-0

Jones, Jets 24-130-0 Jones, Cowboys 26-100-0

Benson, Bears 17-46-0 McAllister, Saints 12-64-0

Peterson, Vikings 20-70-0 Williams, Bucs 23-82-0

Totals - 117-455-1 - 135-480-0

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5 MORE NUMBERS

8 TDs allowed by the Eagles defense in seven games. The average yardage on those scoring drives is 76 yards

12 Field goals in 13 attempts (and that miss was a 59-yarder) in non Meadowlands games this season for David Akers. He's 4-of-7 in those two games.

18 Catches for 156 yards and one TD the Birds' tight ends in the first seven games. By comparison, last year through seven games the TEs had 35 catches for 520 yards and two TDs.

23 Out of a potential 35 points for the Birds in the red zone yesterday. For the season, that's 95 out of a possible 175 points during their 25 trips into the red zone.

81 Rushing yards for Donovan McNabb in his last nine games, including 13 yesterday.

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COLE A BACKFIELD FIXTURE

With his two sacks yesterday, Trent Cole now has nine on the season and is on pace for 21, which would be the most since Andy Reid and Jim Johnson joined the club in 1999. The team, through yesterday, has 24. A look at the sack leaders through those years:

Year Leader Sacks Team total

2006 Trent Cole 8 40

2005 Jevon Kearse 7.5 29

2004 Jevon Kearse 7.5 47

2003 Corey Simon 7.5 38

2002 Hugh Douglas 12.5 56

2001 Hugh Douglas 9.5 45

2000 Hugh Douglas 15 50

1999 Mike Mamula 8.5 37

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PASSING HIS

PREDECESSOR

As it turns out, at this point of the season, the Kevin Curtis for Dontè Stallworth swap has the Birds looking pretty smart. Curtis is on a projected path to finish with 73 catches, 1,330 yards and 10 TDs. Stallworth finished 2006 with 38-725-5.

Curtis Stallworth

Game Rec.-Yds.-TDs Rec.-Yds.-TDs

1 2-53-0 6-141-1

2 4-28-0 5-81-1

3 11-221-3 DNP

4 2-21-0 1-26-0

5 5-121-1 DNP

6 5-62-0 DNP

7 3-76-0 DNP

Totals 32-582-4 12-248-2