Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Eagles penalty count

Only two teams were called for more penalties than the Eagles in Week 1. Here's a breakdown of who was flagged for the Birds, plus a look at their offensive formations.

Eagles penalty count

The Eagles were called for 10 penalties in Week 1 against the Packers. Only two teams (the Cowboys with 12 and the Jets with 14) had more.

Those 10 penalties yielded 80 yards, which was the sixth-most last week.

As I did last year, I will keep track of individual penalties all season. Here's how it broke down by unit:

Offense: 5 penalties for 40 yards
Defense: 4 penalties for 25 yards
Special teams: 1 penalty for 15 yards

And by individual:

Player No. of penalties Penalty yards
Stewart Bradley 2 15
Jason Peters 2 15
Eldra Buckley 1 15
Brent Celek 1 10
Clay Harbor 1 10
Trent Cole 1 5
Antwan Barnes 1 5

Note that the Eagles were also called for an illegal formation on offense, but the penalty was not attributed to one specific player.


This is one I wanted to get to earlier in the week. It's a breakdown of the different formations the Eagles used on offense against the Packers. It will be interesting to see how this changes with Michael Vick at quarterback and the team without Leonard Weaver.

Formation Percentage in Week 1
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE 54%
2 RB, 3 WR 15%
1 RB, 4 WR 10%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE 10%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE 8%
4 WR, 1 TE 3%

As you can see, the Eagles went with one or no running backs on 75 percent of their offensive plays last week. They had at least three wide receivers on the field for 82 percent of the snaps. And they had two tight ends on just 8 percent of the snaps.


A reminder that, as always, I'll be chatting the game starting at 1 p.m., so be sure to join me. Since the Eagles are on the road, and I'm not in Detroit, I plan on extending the chat after the game for a half-hour or so. Talk to everyone then.

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