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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