Monday, September 08, 2008

Eagles by the numbers

Opening Day Dominance … The Eagles 38-3 win over the Rams was their largest margin of victory on opening day in team history. Their previous best was a 38-7 triumph vs. the New York Giants in 1964 … The 3 points allowed by the Eagles was their lowest total since permitting 3 in the 1991 opener at Green Bay … The Eagles offense racked up 522 total net yards, the highest opening day total in team history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They broke the previous mark of 454 set on 9/12/04 vs. NY Giants. It was also the highest opening-day total in the NFL since Dallas recorded 541 yards on 9/12/99 at Washington … The Eagles also scored a TD on the opening possession of the season for the first time since 9/3/00 vs. Dallas.

Eagles Receivers Hit The Trifecta … With DeSean Jackson (6-106), Greg Lewis (5-104), and Hank Baskett (2-102) each topping the 100-yard receiving plateau vs. the Rams, the Eagles became the first NFL team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, to do so since Kansas City’s Derrick Alexander (9-139), Tony Gonzalez (9-134), and Sylvester Morris (6-102) hit that trifecta in a 49-31 loss at Oakland on 11/5/00. The last time three Eagles receivers recorded 100-yards-or-more in the same game was on 12/18/60, when Timmy Brown (5-128), Tommy McDonald (2-116), and Pete Retzlaff (5-110) did so in a 38-28 victory at Washington.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, DeSean Jackson’s 203 all-purpose yards (106 rec. yds. & 97 punt ret. yds.) were the most ever for an Eagles rookie in his debut. Ken Keller posted the team’s previous high of 192 at Los Angeles on 9/30/56 … Among Eagles rookie receivers on opening day, Jackson’s 107 receiving yards were the second-highest total in team history behind Don Looney, who holds the record with 115 yards on 8 receptions on 9/15/40 at Green Bay … Jackson became the 4th Eagles rookie to start on opening day under Andy Reid, joining RG Shawn Andrews (2004), RT John Welbourn (1999), and DT Corey Simon (2000).

Donovan’s Day … With 3 TD passes against the Rams, QB Donovan McNabb is one shy of tying Ron Jaworski for the all-time franchise mark of 175 … McNabb’s 361 passing yards were his most on opening day, topping his previous best of 330 set on 9/12/04 vs. NY Giants.

WR Hank Baskett’s 90-yard TD grab from McNabb was the longest of his career and tied for the 7th-longest pass play in team history. He now owns three of the top 10 longest plays in team history (89, 87, and 90-yard TDs). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to have 3 TD catches of 87 yards-or-more was 49ers WR John Taylor (97, 92, and 95 yards), who achieved that feat between 1989 and 1991.

3rd-down Shut Down … The Eagles defense did not allow a third-down conversion today to the Rams in 11 opportunities. It was their best output in that category since December 21, 2002, when the Cowboys went 0-12 vs. the Eagles at Texas Stadium.

RB Brian Westbrook scored both a rushing TD and receiving TD in the same game for the 9th time in his career. The Eagles are 9-0 in those games. Only Marshall Faulk (15) has registered more such games since 1970 … With 91 rushing yards, Westbrook moved past Duce Staley (4,807) and into 3rd place in team history with 4,876 career yards. With 21 touches, he also moved past Steve Van Buren (1,365) and into 3rd place in team history with 1,382 career touches.

With 8 points, K David Akers (905) surpassed the 900-point mark with the Eagles. He also passed LB William Thomas and moved into 11th place in team history with 141 games played. S Brian Dawkins began play in his 13th season, tying him for 2nd place in team history with Harold Carmichael, Bucko Kilroy and Vic Sears. He trails only Chuck Bednarik (14 seasons). T Jon Runyan played in his 129th consecutive game as an Eagle, tying him for 6th place in team history with LB Frank LeMaster … The 8 first downs permitted by the Eagles were the fewest allowed by the team since 9/18/05 vs. San Francisco, when they allowed 8 first downs in a 42-3 victory … The Eagles held Rams RB Steven Jackson to 40 yards rushing on 14 attempts. It was Jackson’s lowest rushing output with 10-or-more attempts since 12/24/05, when he rushed for 28 yards on 16 attempts vs. San Francisco.

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