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Eagles-Seahawks: pre-game stats that matter

A statistical breakdown of the Eagles going into Sunday night's big game against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is the team leader as he demonstrates during the Eagles 37-9 victory in Dallas November 29, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is the team leader as he demonstrates during the Eagles 37-9 victory in Dallas November 29, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff PhotographerRead moreClem Murray

Every stat you need to know to get ready for tonight's Eagles-Seahawks game:


–The Eagles have outscored opponents, 78-18, in the first quarter, and 256-108 in the first three quarters. During their nine-game win streak, their average lead heading into the fourth quarter has been 16.5 points. In the last four games: 22.5.

–Sixty-four of their 78 first-quarter points have come on their first two possessions. Fifty-one of the Eagles' 238 first downs (21.4%) this season have been on their first two possessions. They have failed to score on at least one of their first two possessions just twice this season: in Week 3 against the Giants, and in Week 7 against Washington. They've scored on both of their first two possessions three times: Week 4 v. the Chargers, Week 5 v. Arizona and Week 11 v. Denver.

–The Eagles defense has allowed just 15 points – five field goals — on their opponents' first two possessions this season. They have yet to allow a touchdown. They've allowed just 3.6 yards per play on the first two possessions. In the last five games, they've given up just 10 first downs on the first two possessions.


       –Through the first 11 games, 478 of the Eagles' 732 plays, or 65.3 percent, have been run out of the shotgun formation. They're averaging 5.4 yards per carry out of shotgun compared to 4.0 from under center. Twenty-four of Carson Wentz's 28 touchdown passes have been out shotgun.

–Seven of the 14 touchdown passes the defense has given up have been to tight ends (4) or running backs (3). But they've given up just one in the last four games. In those four games, tight ends have 10 catches for 92 yards and no TDs against the Eagles, and running backs have 19 receptions for 123 yards and one TD (49ers' Matt Breida in Week 9).

–Eagles defensive end Chris Long is 1-7 against the Seahawks in Seattle. He lost to them seven times in eight games at CenturyLink Field when he was with the Rams.


–Carson Wentz, who is fourth in the league in passing, has a 113.2 passer rating at home this season, but only 94.4 on the road. His road completion percentage is just 56.6, compared to 63.5 at the Linc. He's thrown 18 touchdown passes and three interceptions in six home games and 10 and 2 on the road.

–Wentz has a league-high 28 touchdown passes. That's the third most ever by a first- or second-year quarterback through the first 11 games of a season. The two guys who have thrown more: Hall of Famers Dan Marino (30 as a rookie with the Dolphins in '84), and Kurt Warner (29 with the Rams in '99).

–Wentz's 28 TD passes are just four shy of the franchise record of 32 set by Sonny Jurgensen in 1961.

–Wentz has thrown 22 TD passes in the last seven games. He hasn't thrown an interception in 96 attempts and has thrown only three in his last 282 attempts.

–As a rookie, Wentz attempted 607 passes, which was the fifth most in the NFL last year. That's 37.9 attempts per game. Through 11 games this year, he's 13th with 354 attempts or 32.2 per game. Eighty-five of those 354 passes came in the first two games, when Doug Pederson's offense was still a little out of whack. During their nine-game win streak, Wentz has averaged just 29.8 attempts per game. The Eagles' run-play percentage in the last nine games has been 51.5.

–Wentz has completed 65.2 percent of his red-zone pass attempts, including 21 of his last 29 (72.4%). He has thrown 20 red-zone TD passes and no interceptions. He is the only quarterback in the league that hasn't thrown an interception or been sacked in the red zone this season. Last year, he threw just one red-zone interception in 87 attempts and was sacked three times inside the 20.

–Wentz had four rushing first downs against the Bears, giving him 21 in 11 games. The Seahawks' Russell Wilson has just three more.


–Wentz's Year 2 passing numbers have soared in almost every category, except one. His completion percentage has dropped from 62.4 as a rookie to 60.2 this season. Twenty-eight quarterbacks in the league have a higher completion percentage. The main reason for the drop has been the fact that he is throwing fewer high-percentage passes As a rookie, just 28.6 percent of his attempts traveled 11 or more yards beyond the line of scrimmage. This year, that percentage has increased to 36.9. Last year, 16.6 percent of his attempts were behind-the-line-of-scrimmage throws. This year that figure has dropped to 12.9 percent. His throws in the 0-to-10-yard range have dropped from 54.8 percent a year ago to 50.1 this year. He's averaging 4.6 attempts per game of 20 yards or longer this season, compared to 4.2 last year. His two most productive distances; 11 to 19 yards, where he has 11 TD passes and no interceptions on 72 attempts, and 0 to 10 yards, where he has 8 TD passes and 2 interceptions on 167 attempts.


–The Eagles' offense is first in the league in red-zone productivity. They've converted 28 of 39 trips inside the 20 (71.8) into TDs, including 18 of 22 over the last six games (81.8).

–The Eagles have the league's eighth best red-zone defense (48.0). They have allowed just 25 red-zone opportunities all season, which is the fourth fewest in the league behind Jacksonville (17), Carolina (22) and Pittsburgh (24). They've allowed just five red-zone opportunities in the last four games.

–Seven different Eagles have caught TD passes in the red zone. Four have two or more: Zach Ertz (7), Alshon Jeffery (5), Nelson Agholor (3) and rookie Corey Clement (2).


–The defense is tied for 11th in fewest touchdown passes allowed with 14. They haven't given up any in the last two games and have given up more than one in a game once in the last seven games, and just three times all season.

–The Eagles are second in third-down defense (28.6%), just a tenth of a percentage point behind the Vikings (28.5). Last week, the Bears converted just three of 13 third-down opportunities against the Eagles. They haven't allowed a team to convert more than three third downs in a game since Washington in Week 7 (4). Just two teams have converted more than four against them – the Chiefs in Week 2 and the Chargers in Week 4. Both converted five.

–Opponents have a 50.9 passer rating against the Eagles on third down, completing just 52.1 percent of their third-down attempts and averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. The Eagles have allowed just two TD passes and have seven interceptions on third down.

–The Eagles are first against the run, holding opponents to 65.1 yards per game on the ground. Tonight's opponent, Seattle, has run for more than 105 yards just twice in the last seven games. During their nine-game win streak, the Eagles have held opponents to 2.6 yards per carry on first down. That's the best in the league since Week 3.

–In last year's game against the Seahawks, Jim Schwartz blitzed Russell Wilson just three times on 33 pass plays (9.1%). That approach isn't expected to change much Sunday night.