Beyond The Numbers

Posted: September 10, 2007

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KICKED IN THE TEETH

Three field goals by Mason Crosby helped crumble the Eagles yesterday. Last year they gave up three or more field goals in four games, yet won three of them.

Date Kicker, team Kicks Outcome

10/02 Dave Rayner, Packer 23, 54, 46 W, 31-9

10/22 Matt Bryant, Bucs 30, 44, 62* L, 23-21

12/10 Shaun Suisham, Redskins 31, 45, 32, 35 W, 21-19

12/17 Jay Feely, Giants 47, 23, 24 W, 36-22

* Game-winner

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BREAKING DOWN THE PLAYS

One of the factors in the Eagles' winning streak last season was their switch to a more balanced offense under the command of Jeff Garcia. Yesterday, the ratio was around 50 percent except for the third quarter, when the Eagles threw seven passes and had four runs.

Yesterday

Runs: 29

46.0%

Passes: 33

53.2%

Sacks: 1

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Last season

Runs: 416

42.1%

Passes: 544

56.7%

Sacks: 28

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STUMBLING OUT OF THE GATE

Despite his success as Eagles head coach, Andy Reid hasn't fared very well on opening days, where he is just 3-6. Here's a look.

Date Opponent Score

9/09/07 at Green Bay L, 16-13

9/10/06 at Houston W, 24-10

9/12/05 at Atlanta L, 14-10

9/12/04 vs. Giants W, 31-17

9/08/03 vs. Tampa Bay L, 17-0

9/08/02 at Tennessee L, 27-24

9/09/01 vs. St. Louis L, 20-17 (ot)

9/03/2000 at Dallas W, 41-14

9/12/1999 vs. Arizona L, 25-24

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WINS FEW, FAVRE BETWEEN

Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is now 2-4 against Andy Reid, his former quarterbacks coach in Green Bay. He has completed just 99-of-187 (52.9 percent) for 986 yards (164.3 yds. per game) with 4 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. A closer look at the future Hall-of-Famer's numbers in those games:

Date Comp.-Att.-Yds. TDs Int. Result

9/17/2000 18-33-189 0 3 W, 6-3

11/10/03 14-22-109 1 1 L, 17-14

1/11/04 15-28-180 2 1 L, 20-17 (ot)

12/05/04 14-29-131 0 2 L, 47-17

11/27/05 15-33-171 1 2 L, 19-14

9/09/07 23-42-206 0 1 W, 16-13

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5 MORE NUMBERS

1 Time last year the Eagles didn't give up a touchdown. That occurred in the 23-21 loss to the Buccaneers, who scored twice on INTs and added three FGs.

7 Straight season openers that the Eagles' opponent has scored first. Remember the last time it didn't happen? That would be Sept. 3, 2000, in a 41-14 rout of the Cowboys. The Eagles started that game with an onsides kick that led to a touchdown.

10 Points yielded in the first quarter yesterday, just the second time in the past 21 games that the Eagles have given up 10 or more in the first quarter. It also happened Oct. 15 last season in a 27-24 loss at New Orleans, when the Saints scored 10.

13 First downs by the Eagles, fewest by the team in a game since Dec. 24, 2005, when they lost, 27-21, at Arizona.

85 Yards on 20 carries for Brian Westbrook, the eighth time has had at least 20 carries in a game but the first time he didn't go over 100 yards when carrying that many times.

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ANOTHER BROWNOUT

Reggie Brown made his 29th start for the Eagles yesterday, counting the playoffs, and for the 14th time had two or fewer catches.

0 catches: Packers (11/27/05); Falcons (12/31/06)

1 catch: Raiders (9/25/05); Cowboys (10/9/05); Chargers (10/23/05); Giants (9/17/06); Jaguars (10/29/06); Redskins (11/12/06); Packers (9/9/07)

2 catches: Broncos (10/30/05); Rams (12/18/05); Texans (9/10/06*); Titans (11/19/06); Colts (11/26/06*)

* Scored a TD

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