Examining the Eagles' Efficiency from Friday

In terms of first-half numbers, the offense can mostly smile, but the defense should tug its collar a tad.

We've talked about Scoreability and Bendability before, and what they meant to the Eagles offenses and defenses in 2013.

How did the Eagles fare on Friday night in both categories?

The first-half offense sees a handful of inflated numbers, thanks to Cary Williams' pick-six, and a flawless Mark Sanchez drive with some second-teamers surrounding him. Still, the Eagles gained 160 yards in the first-half, cashing in with 21 points (seven defensive). That's a Scoreability rating of 7.62 (touchdown every 53.3 yards), which would have been the best in the NFL last season by a wide margin.

Taking away Williams' 77-yard return, and the results are slightly more modest. Alex Henery's missed 47-yard field goal stunted a respectable 51-yard drive, but Arrelious Benn's blocked punt set Philly up for a four-play, 31-yard drive ending with Zach Ertz's touchdown. The offense definitely ran the gamut.

Taking Williams' pick-six out, the Eagles' Scoreability rating bloats to 11.42 (a touchdown every 80 yards). That still would trump Denver's league-topping 12.07 mark for the season, so the offense did its damage.

Taking away Sanchez's brilliant drive to end the half, Foles led the Eagles to seven points on 99 yards, and a rating of 14.14. That mark would have been thirteenth best in the NFL last season, and better than the Birds' 15.10 notch for the 2013 year.

That's where the good news ends.

The Eagles' defense found themselves getting stretched like taffy, thanks to that Williams interception (the defense would get no rest as a result), and the Ifeanyi Momah fumble that stalled their first offensive drive after one play. The unbalanced possession time put heavy weight on the D, who gave up 237 first-half yards, and 21 points.

The Bendability rating: 11.29 (a touchdown every 79 yards). That number would have been the worst in the NFL in 2013, digging beneath the Redskins' putrid 11.85 metric.

The absence of four of the Eagles' presumed top-five corners (Williams and Brandon Boykin to in-game pains, Nolan Carroll and Jaylen Watkins didn't play) put heavy pressure on an exhausted D, namely a rock bottom performance from Curtis Marsh, who stuck out like a sore thumb, and was frequently targeted by Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

A few silver linings: due to the amount of plays the defense had to endure early, the Eagles subbed in plenty of second-unit personnel, so there was bound to be miscommunications between players (Travis Long and Emmanuel Acho nod glumly). In addition, the run defense held their own in the early going (namely hard work from Mychal Kendricks), before exhaustion ultimately crippled the starters and back-ups.

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