Eagles' Offensive Beat Goes On

The Eagles' offense (first and second teams both) didn't miss many notes in pulverizing the Steelers' starting defense.

Aside from Alex Henery's ghastly 31-yard miss, and Curtis Marsh's 'encore presentation', there was little to be upset about on the Eagles' side of things Thursday night, in their 31-21 victory over the Steelers.

The biggest takeaway from the win was a return to rhythmic form for Chip Kelly's offense, largely working the Steelers with gain after gain, taking a 17-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. After the starters earned an early respite for their great effort, Mark Sanchez and the back-ups gutted the Steelers on two long touchdown drives, piling on the good tidings.

Cold Hard Football Facts measures an offense's efficiency with a metric known as Scoreability. Simply stated, divide yards gained by points scored. The average is how many yards you average per point scored.

To wit, the Nick Foles-led offense scored points (two touchdowns and a field goal) on three of six possessions. In Foles' run, the Eagles gained 249 yards of offense, giving the first-half offense a Scoreability rating of 14.65. In other words, the Eagles scored a touchdown every 102.5 yards gained.

Such an average would have ranked the Eagles fifteenth in the NFL last season, and is actually slightly better than their 15.10 (105.7 yards per TD) average for the year.

The Sanchez offense enjoyed two bountiful drives, scoring 14 points on 140 yards gained. That's quite simply a 10.00 Scoreability rating, or a touchdown every 70 yards gained. That would have topped the league last year, going over on Denver's 12.07 Scoreability mark.

Combine the numbers and through three quarters, the Eagles punched up 31 points on 389 yards against the Steelers' first-team defense. That averages to 12.55 yards per point scored, or 87.84 yards per touchdown. Such an average would have tied the Birds with Kansas City for third-best Scoreability in the NFL for 2013.

From Pittsburgh's side of things, giving up 87.84 yards per touchdown allowed is brutal. Had they averaged that for the season, they would've had the third-least flexible defense, ahead of only Houston and Washington. The Steelers ranked 17th for 2013 in Bendability, the counter to Scoreability, requiring an opponent gain an average of 102.06 yards to get into the end zone.

In other words, the Eagles' Thursday win rings just a little more impressive.

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