Philadelphia Eagles: Stats That Matter Headed into Week 11

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler (57) sacked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Stats don't often tell the whole story, but most are relevant when put into context. Here are three stats related to the Philadelphia Eagles that help explain why they stand where they do heading into Week 11 of the 2012 NFL regular season.


29: That's how many sacks the Eagles have surrendered on offense this year, which is the second-highest total in the NFL and only three sacks short of the total number of sacks they gave up throughout 2011. Eagles quarterbacks were sacked on 5.5 percent of drop-backs last season, but that number has grown to 7.7 in 2012.

The offensive line is obviously in shambles, and that explains it all. Michael Vick hasn't been holding onto the ball any longer (in fact, he's been getting rid of it 0.07 seconds faster, on average, according to Pro Football Focus), but Vick's pressure percentage has gone up from 39.8 (which led the league in 2011) to 42.9 (which of course leads the league again). Somewhere in between those numbers there appears to be a tipping point as far as sacks go.


4: That's how many rushing touchdowns the Eagles have mustered this season, which ranks ahead of only four NFL offenses. It's another indication that the Eagles desert the run and become even more one-dimensional in the red zone. 

LeSean McCoy's average is still a hearty 4.4, but his rushing touchdown total has dropped off from a league-leading 17 in 2011 to just three through nine games in 2012. I don't expect McCoy's workload to increase much with Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg running the show, but hopefully the next coaching staff is open-minded enough to feature McCoy often.


24: That's the average yard line at which the Eagles have started their drives this season, which ranks only ahead of Carolina and New Orleans, according to Football Outsiders. So while the offense is to blame for the majority of Philadelphia's problems, special teams haven't exactly been coming through to make things easier.

The Eagles rank 25th in the league with 6.5 yards per punt return and 29th with 19.7 yards per kick return. They're one of only six teams without a single 40-yard punt or kick return all season. Considering that they're also giving up more yards per kick return than all but four teams and that they surrendered a back-breaking punt-return touchdown against Dallas, I'd have to imagine that special teams coach Bobby April is in trouble.