3 Philadelphia Eagles statistics that are alarming heading into Week 6

Carson Wentz (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are struggling and now get the Ravens in a home game.

You don’t have to be a statistician to understand that the Philadelphia Eagles are struggling mightily, but just for kicks, let’s look at a few anyway. Heading into Week 6, after a surprise win versus the San Francisco 49ers, most hoped that Philly could, at minimum, split the next two games (the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens).

Well, that game at Heinz Field fell apart at the end faster than you can say ‘why is Nathan Gerry covering Chase Claypool?’. One week later, Philadelphia will return to the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field for a game versus those other birds. In Week 6, Philly gets their first-ever taste of last season’s NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson, and a very formidable opponent in the Baltimore Ravens. Everybody loves to talk numbers so shall we?

Let’s talk about how often the Philadelphia Eagles are peeling ’11’ from the turf.

One of the most troubling stats surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles has been the number of sacks the offensive line has given up. In Week 5 versus the Steelers, Carson Wentz was taken down five more times, and that doesn’t include the additional 11 shots he took while under duress. The Eagles’ season total is now at 19 sacks given up. Unless something changes, a quick calculation tells us that ’11’ is on pace to be sacked 60 to 61 times by the time the curtain closes on the 2020 NFL season. Ouch.

The O-line has its work cut out as a defense that has featured Pernell McPhee, Derek Wolfe, and Calais Campbell doesn’t have to face an offensive line that, at the close of free agency, was supposed to have Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson at the tackles, Jason Kelce as the anchor, and Isaac Seumalo and Brandon Brooks at the guards now looks like this:

Jordan Mailata is the left tackle, and Jack Driscoll is on the right side of the offensive line’s formation. The left guard and right guard are Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor respectively. Well, at least Jason Kelce is healthy. None of that will change the gameplan though. Goal number one has to be keeping ’11’ vertical.

Here are two other stats that Philadelphia Eagles fans are going to find alarming.

Though any move the Eagles might have been considering making to acquire Le’Veon Bell has to be seen as ridiculous, you can understand why the desire is there for some of the fan base. Take out Miles Sanders‘ 74-yard touchdown scamper versus the Steelers in Week 5, and he tallied six yards on ten carries.

Philly’s gotten nothing out of Boston Scott or Corey Clement. Ladies and gentlemen, that isn’t going to cut it versus anybody, but things won’t get any easier versus Baltimore. They’re only allowing 3.7 yards per rush versus opposing running backs. They’re only giving up 92 rushing yards per game.

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Last but not least, Carson Wentz’s nine interceptions thrown in 2020 look even more awful seeing as how Lamar Jackson has thrown the same number of touchdown passes. It’s been said every week, but the hope is ’11’ can recapture some of the magic that fans saw in 2017. Tat guy has to be in there somewhere.