Checking Back with the Eagles Numbers I Wanted to See

One last post before I catch a few hours of sleep.

Before the game, I discussed five numbers that I wanted to see in the Eagles box score when the season opener concluded yesterday.

More context is available here, but these were the numbers.

  1. Less than 21 points scored by the Jaguars
  2. Nick Foles sacked no more than two times
  3. At least 50 receiving yards for Zach Ertz
  4. A minimum of one tackle for loss by Fletcher Cox (and hopefully more)
  5. No less than 1.5 combined sacks for Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham

How did we do? Were they achieved?

1. Yes — It looked like it would be difficult at first, and the Eagles needed some help from their special teams unit, but the defense held the Jaguars to only 17 points, and none in the final 44 minutes.

2. No — Foles was sacked five times in the first half and fumbled twice. This is a concern, and we will attempt to go more in depth on it later, but he was not sacked at all in the second half so hopefully some progress made there by both him and a makeshift offensive line.

3. Yes — Ertz only caught three passes, but similar to teammate Jeremy Maclin, he made them count, posting 77 yards. Nice start for the breakout candidate.

4. No — Cox did not have a tackle for loss, but he was tied for the team lead with six tackles and looked active throughout the game, culminating in a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery in the final minute. Would need to watch some tape but thought the third-year defensive lineman played well.

5. No — No sacks for either player, but Graham did have two tackles for loss and both guys looked solid throughout the contest. Interested to see how Pro Football Focus and some other sites grade them out.

Two out of five certainly isn’t perfect, but I think you could make a case for some caveats with two of the other three.

We’ll think of some more numbers and do this again a week from now before the Eagles and Colts meet on Monday Night.

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