WELCOME BACK TO REALITY

A team that ran 55 percent of the time last week reverted to form last night, although the Eagles on average ran more and passed less than they have this season.

LAST NIGHT

Runs: 33

45.2%

Passes: 38

52.0%

Sacks: 2

THIS SEASON

Runs: 374

40%

Passes: 539

57.7%

Sacks: 21

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BYEING INTO THE STRETCH RUN

Why do people call the Eagles a post-bye team? Look at the numbers for the Birds under Andy Reid and you see that they have played better than .500 ball in nine of the 10 seasons.

Year Before (pct.) After (pct.)

1999 4-11 (.267) 1-0 (1.000)

2000 10-5 (.667) 1-0 (1.000)

2001 2-2 (.500) 9-3 (.750)

2002 3-2 (.600) 9-2 (.818)

2003 0-2 (.000) 12-2 (.857)

2004 4-0 (1.000) 9-3 (.750)

2005 3-2 (.600) 3-8 (.273)

2006 4-4 (.500) 6-2 (.750)

2007 1-3 (.250) 7-5 (.583)

2008 3-3 (.500) 5-2-1 (.687)

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LONGEST TENURES

Brian Dawkins played his 181st game as an Eagle last night, setting a franchise record for games played. He moved ahead of Harold Carmichael (180) and farther ahead of Chuck Bednarik (169) and Randy Logan (159). While we are on the subject, here are the most games played leaders for the other three major pro teams (the Sixers' mark is since they moved to Philly).

Sixers: Maurice Cheeks, 853

Flyers: Bob Clarke, 1144

Phillies: Mike Schmidt, 2212

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BACK AND FORTH VS. AFC

Under Andy Reid, the Eagles haven't swept their four games vs. the AFC or been swept. Before last night's game, they're 22-17-1 against the AFC over the last 10 years.

Year W-L Beat Lost to

1999 1-3 Patriots Bills, Dolphins, Colts

2000 3-1 Bengals, Browns, Steelers Titans

2001 3-1 Chargers, Chiefs, Seahawks Raiders

2002 1-3 Texans Titans, Jaguars, Colts

2003 3-1 Dolphins, Bills, Jets Patriots

2004 2-2 Browns, Ravens Steelers, Bengals

2005 3-1 Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers Broncos

2006 1-3 Texans Colts, Titans, Jaguars

2007 3-1 Jets, Dolphins, Bills Patriots

2008 2-1-1 Browns, Steelers Ravens, Bengals (tied)

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SPREADING IT AROUND

Donovan McNabb hit nine receivers last night, the fifth time he has passed to at least that many players. The Eagles are 2-2-1 in games where he hits at least nine different targets.

No. Foe Date W-L Top receiver(s)

10 Bengals 11/16 T Curtis, 7

10 Seahawks 11/2 W Celek and Curtis, 6 apiece

9 Browns 12/15 W Avant and Jackson, 5 apiece

9 Bears 9/28 L Brown, 6

9 Cowboys 9/15 L Jackson and Westbrook, 6 apiece

8 Ravens 11/23 L Jackson, 5

8 Rams 9/7 W Jackson, 6

7 Giants 12/7 W Westbrook and Smith, 6 apiece

7 Cardinals 11/27 Jackson, 6

7 Giants 11/9 L Jackson, 4

7 Falcons 10/28 W Westbrook, 6

7 49ers 10/12 W Buckhalter, 7

7 Redskins 10/5 L Westbrook, 6

7 Steelers 9/21 W Baskett, 8

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DAVID BECOMING GOLIATH

David Akers is closing in on several personal and team records. Off his three field goals last night, he needs two more to beat the franchise record of 30, which he shares with Paul McFadden.

Yr. FGM-FGA Pct. 50-plus

2008 29-35 82.8 1 for 4

2007 24-32 75.0 1 for 4

2006 18-23 78.3 0 for 0

2005 16-22 72.7 1 for 2

2004 27-32 84.4 2 for 3

2003 24-29 82.8 2 for 3

2002 30-34 88.2 1 for 2

2001 26-31 83.9 2 for 3

2000 29-33 87.9 1 for 1

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6 MORE NUMBERS

2 INTs returned for a score for the Birds; they had zero last year and four in 2006

15 Wins for Eagles in 47 games vs. the Browns

19 Touches for Brian Westbrook, the fewest he has had since the loss to the Ravens 3 weeks ago, when he had 16

21 TD passes for Donovan McNabb after hitting Kevin Curtis last night, the most for him in a single season since throwing 31 in '04

41 Sacks for the Birds, the fifth time under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson that they've had at least 40

101 Yards for WR Jason Avant, a career high