3 Statistics that Philadelphia Eagles fans will find encouraging

Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The scene is familiar to Philadelphia Eagles fans.

We’ve arrived at the eighth stop on the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 2020 NFL schedule. It’s the first of their annual two-game series versus one of their fiercest, most well-known, and most bitter rivals. Just as it was last year, they’re playing the first game in primetime on Sunday Night Football. This time, the venue is Lincoln Financial Field, but unfortunately, ‘The Linc’ hasn’t provided the same level of psychological advantage that it has for Philly in years past.

Philly is 1-2-1 in the first four home games, but versus a reeling Dallas Cowboys team that’s without Dak Prescott, this is an opportunity for the ‘Birds’ to give the 6,000 or so fans at ‘The Linc’ and all of those cardboard cutouts something to cheer for.

Here are three stats that should make Philadelphia Eagles fans smile.

Nothing says Philadelphia Eagles football like a discussion about some numbers. Heading into Philly’s third divisional clash of the 2020 campaign, here are three things to think about.

1. The Dallas Cowboys are giving up a passer rating of over 105 to opposing quarterbacks.

Try a 106.7 passer rating if you’re looking for the exact number.  In addition to that, Jerry’s boys have also given up 16 touchdowns through the air. That’s good for (or bad enough to make them) 28th in the NFL in that latter category after seven weeks.

2. Carson Wentz’s passer rating climbed over 90 for the first time this season. 

Carson Wentz may be beginning to look like, well, Carson Wentz. In Week 7’s game versus the New York Giants, ’11’ topped the 300-yard passing mark for the first time all season while tossing two touchdowns and running for another.

In Week 8, for a quarterback that’s looking to find some consistent success, playing the Cowboys defense has to feel like target practice.

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3. The Eagles are still in the top five as far as getting to the opposing quarterback.

Philly’s quarterback gets beaten up a lot (28 sacks on the season), but the Eagles’ D-line is beating people up too. When Week 7 closed, they were third in the NFL in sacks (24). They’ve also generated an additional 75 pressures in their first seven games. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. That’s well over ten quarterback pressures per game. Hopefully, that carries over into Week 8.