Here are some relevant stats from the Eagles games this season. All stats obtained from the links from this page at Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Let’s start with the WINS:
Week 1 vs Carolina : 29 Pass Attempts, 32 Rush Attempts
Week 3 vs Kansas City : 36 Pass Attempts, 27 Rush Attempts
Week 5 vs Tampa : 24 Pass Attempts, 21 Rush Attempts
Week 7 vs Washington : 26 Pass Attempts, 27 Rush Attempts
Week 8 vs NY Giants : 23 Pass Attempts, 24 Rush Attempts
Week 11 vs Chicago : 33 Pass Attempts, 30 Rush Attempts
Week 12 vs Washington : 36 Pass Attempts, 29 Rush Attempts
Week 13 vs Atlanta : 27 Pass Attempts, 26 Rush Attempts
Week 14 vs NY Giants : 28 Pass Attempts, 24 Rush Attempts
Week 15 vs San Fran : 36 Pass Attempts, 33 Rush Attempts
Week 16 vs Denver : 35 Pass Attempts, 28 Rush Attempts
Aaaaand here’re the LOSSES:
Week 2 vs New Orleans : 52 Pass Attempts, 22 Rush Attempts
Week 6 vs Oakland : 46 pass Attempts, 14 Rush Attempts
Week 9 vs Dallas : 30 Passs Attempts, 24 Rush Attempts
Week 10 vs San Diego : 56 Pass Attempts, 13 Rush Attempts
Week 17 vs Dallas : 36 Pass Attempts, 10 Rush Attempts
It was this last game that prompted me to look up these stats. I saw about 3 qtrs of that game and I was disgusted. The Eagles had a lot to gain by winning this game---the NFC East title, a bye week and a home playoff game against, most likely, Arizona---a team that would find it difficult to play in Philly in Jan. And in the first half, Philly ran the ball 5 times. And everyone was mystified as to why they were teeing off on McNabb successfully. 10 freaking rush attempts in a game? Every now and then Reid just freaking loses his mind.
1) Run the damn ball
2) Don’t give up on the running game; it helps your defense too, y’know.
3) Most of the time, if your Pass : Run ratio exceeds, say 1.4 : 1, say hello to another loss
4) Most of the time, nothing good happens when you chuck the ball over 40 times a game.
Then again, what do I know? It’s not like I’m an ‘offensive genius’ like Gruden or Shanahan or the many analysts on the ESPN/CBS/FOX/NBC payrolls (aptly titled, I think, as I find their ‘genius’ to be largely offensive).
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