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Eagles' offensive rankings in second half of 2021 season are incredible


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Eagles' offensive rankings in second half of 2021 season are incredible

 By Jordan Cohn, Audacy Sports
December 22, 20214:13 pm

Everyone and their mother, at least in the greater Philadelphia area, heard the awesome statistic about the Eagles' rushing attack during Tuesday night's game against the Washington Football Team. But if you somehow missed it, you should know that the Eagles are the first team since the 1985 Chicago Bears — arguably the greatest single-season team in league history — to run for 175 yards in seven straight games.

175 yards. In every game. Dating all the way back to Week 8. Now that's impressive.

But don't be fooled into thinking that this statistic is the only impressive part of this team's offense in that span. Because, if you look as closely as Eagles PR manager John Gonoude did, you'll see that they're doing pretty much everything well. Gonoude shared the where the Birds rank since Week 8, when that streak started, in a number of categories.

They rank second with 29.3 points per game and 388 yards per game. They're first in rushing yards per game (obviously), with 214.4, and also lead all of football in explosive plays. Though definitions of such a play can vary from site to site, Sharp Football Stats also ranks them first, with a league-high 14 percent of their offensive snaps leading to an explosive play.

Some individual accomplishments to be proud of during this seven-game span? Let's see:
— Jalen Hurts is graded as the No. 7 quarterback overall in the NFL on Pro Football Focus and has 372 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Converted to a 16-game season, that's 992 rushing yards and 13 rushing scores. Wow.
— Dallas Goedert has the second-highest receiving grade (90.6) on PFF out of any player in the entire league, tied with Cooper Kupp and Cordarrelle Patterson. That extension seems to be paying off already, huh?
— Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are both averaging over 5.00 yards per carry since Week 8, with respective figures of 6.10 and 5.20, though neither has played in all seven games.
— Hurts (No. 5), Howard (No. 9), Boston Scott (No. 19) and Sanders (No. 23) all rank in PFF's top-25 rushing grades among players with at least 40 rushes in this seven-game span.
— Jordan Mailata (No. 6), Lane Johnson (No. 11) and Jason Kelce (No. 14) all grade in PFF's top-15 overall offensive linemen in that span.

To finish off, we can proudly say that Nick Sirianni's offensive unit ranks first in third-down efficiency (51.6 percent) and scoring efficiency (52.9 percent). And for all of these reasons — plus some solid defensive play that has moved the group into the league's top half after some shaky early-season displays — the Birds are on a 5-2 run and right in the middle of the NFC Wild Card hunt.

In a year that some viewed as a potential "rebuild" in the City of Brotherly Love, these results are reasons for optimism. A whole lot of it.


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