Deke Bellavia: Who are the Eagles? An early look at Philly
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jan 2 2014 4:47PM
Who are the Eagles? An early look at Philly Head Coach: Chip Kelly Division: NFC East (Champions) Home Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field (Capacity 68,532) 2013 Record: 10-6 Home Record: 4-4 Offensive Rank: 2nd 417.6 yards per game Defensive Rank: 29th 394.2 yards per game Road Record: 6-2 (Tied for best in NFL in 2013)
Like the Saints, the Eagles did not make the playoffs in 2012. In fact, last season was the end of an era in Philadelphia, as longtime successful coach Andy Reid was shown the door. Moving forward, the Eagles and Reid both made out well in 2013, as the Eagles are back in the playoffs and former Coach Andy Reid has his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, in the playoffs as well.
The Eagles got off to a slow start this season, especially at their home field. Philadelphia lost their first four home games this season before winning their last four to wrap up the regular season with a 4-4 mark at Lincoln Financial Field.
On the flip side, the Eagles were tied with the best road record in the NFL Regular season with an impressive 6-2 road mark. The Eagles are definitely an offensive team.
The Eagles have the league's 2nd best offense.
Philly averages 417.3 yards of total offense per game. The Eagles gain on average 160.4 rushing yards per game (best in the NFL) and they pass for 256.9 yards per game, which is 9th best this season. Running Back LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing this season with 1,607 yards. McCoy averages 5.1 yards per carry and he has scored 9 touchdowns this season.
The Eagles turned over the QB spot to Nick Foles. To say that Foles has had a great year would be an understatement. His TD-to-interception ratio is exceptional; Foles has thrown 27 touchdown passes this season with only two interceptions.
Foles has completed 203 passes of 317 attempts for 2,891 yards. Foles’ favorite target is Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson has hauled in 82 passes this season for 1,332 yards with 9 TDs and Jackson averages 83.3 yards receiving per game.
On the defensive side of the football, the Eagles don’t rank very high. In fact, that is putting it lightly! Philadelphia ranks 29th in total defense allowing 394.2 yards per game this season. The Eagles allow 289.8 yards per game passing and another 104.4 rushing yards per game which is 10th best in the NFL.
Eagles Cornerback Brandon Boykin is tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions in 2013. Boykin’s biggest interception this season came in the Eagles 24-22 win over Dallas. With the Cowboys in possession and with a chance to win the game, Boykin picked off Kyle Orton to help seal the Eagles win over Dallas.