Beyond The Numbers

Posted: September 18, 2007

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. So far this season, that balance is once again out of whack.

Last night

Runs: 20

28.9%

Passes: 46

66.7%

Sacks: 3

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This season

Runs: 49

37.6%

Passes: 77

59.2%

Sacks: 4

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SO-SO IN SECOND GAMES

While Eagles coach Andy Reid has posted just a 3-6 record on opening days, he has fared a bit better in his second games of the season, posting a 4-5 record. Here's a look:

Date Opponent Result Record

9/17/2007 vs. Redskins L 20-9 0-2

9/17/06 vs. Giants L 24-30 1-1

9/18/05 vs. 49ers W 42-3 1-1

9/20/04 vs. Vikings W 27-16 2-0

9/14/03 vs. Patriots L 10-31 0-2

9/16/02 at Redskins W 37-7 1-1

9/23/01 at Seattle W 27-3 1-1

9/10/00 vs. Giants L 33-18 1-1

9/19/1999 vs Buccaneers L 5-19 0-2

A FEW SKINS ON HIS PELT

Back on Nov. 14, 1999, rookie quarterback Donovan McNabb made his first NFL start against the Washington Redskins. Although McNabb's numbers were far from stellar, the Birds did win the game, 35-28. After last night's game, McNabb is 9-5 against the Skins. Here's a look at McNabb's numbers against them.

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

11/14/1999 8-21-60 0 0 W 35-28

11/28/99 16-28-172 2 2 L 17-20

10/08/2000 17-34-186 2 2 L 14-17

11/26/00 19-30-137 1 1 W 23-20

11/25/01 15-27 92 0 0 L 3-13

12/16/01 16-34-235 2 3 W 20-6

9/16/02 26-38-292 2 0 W 37-7

10/05/03 16-30-157 1 2 W 27-25

12/27/03 23-32-242 3 0 W 31-7

11/21/04 18-26-222 4 1 W 28-6

12/12/04 21-38-260 1 1 W 17-14

11/06/05 22-35-304 1 1 L 10-17

11/12/06 12-26-257 2 0 W 27-3

9/17/07 28-46-240 0 0 L 20-12

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AKERS ON A ROLL

While the offense has struggled, kicker David Akers has maintained the momentum he finished the 2006 season with. Here are his makes (and miss) over his past six games.

vs. Redskins: 24, 39, 26, 22

at Packers: 33, 47

at Saints: 24

vs. Giants: 19, 48, 38

vs. Falcons: 41, (23)

at Cowboys: 25, 45, 21

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TARGETING THE RUNNING BACK

Brian Westbrook once again is the primary target for Donovan McNabb. Here are his receiving stats through two games over the last four seasons, including touchdowns by receptions.

Year Rec. Yds. TDs

2007 14 114 0

2006 11 117 1

2005 10 95 2

2004 8 111 0

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5 MORE NUMBERS

5 Sacks through two games. They had 13 through the first two games last season.

8 Washington quarterbacks that Donovan McNabb has faced in his 13 starts against the Redskins: Jason Campbell, Mark Brunell (2), Patrick Ramsey (3), Tim Hasselbeck, Shane Matthews, Tony Banks (2), Jeff George, Brad Johnson (2).

18 Wins in 26 prime-time games for coach Andy Reid going into last night, but just 2-7 in their last nine appearances.

100 NFL starts for McNabb. Going into the game his record was 65-34 (65.7 winning percentage). Ahead of him in starts are Ron Jaworski's 137 (69-67-1, 50.7 percent) and Randall Cunningham's 107 starts (63-43-1, 59.3 percent).

159 Games as an Eagle for Brian Dawkins, tying him for third on the team's all-time list with Randy Logan. Only Harold Carmichael (180) and Chuck Bednarik (169) have played more.

- Compiled by Bob Cooney and Paul Vigna

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