Eagles Losing Is Almost Inexplicable

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Michael Vick #7 hands the ball to DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)

Maybe the most vexing thing about this Eagles season so far is that numbers-wise they don't look like a 1-4 team. We see bad teams in this league like the Rams or the Colts or Chiefs getting blown out on a near weekly basis. That's not happening with the Eagles. In fact, statistically, they're playing right with the best teams in the league. Yet they're 1-4 and they find ways to lose every week.

This isn't to excuse the team or anything, after all I do believe in that Parcells philosophy that you are what your record says you are. But the following stats are pretty amazing.

The Eagles have amassed 1,002 total yards over the past two weeks, which makes them just the third team in NFL history to gain over 1,000 yards in consecutive games and lose both.

They've scored the 10th most points per game in the league so far and have gained the third most yardage per game. They currently lead the league in rushing. Defensively, they're 15th in the leauge as far as yards allowed, but they are 27th in terms of points allowed.

So in most areas they're competitive and those numbers say they should be better than 1-4. But there's one more number I didn't mention. -10. Their turnover differential, which is the worst in the league (tied with the Steelers). Clearly, that's a major problem. The offense is turning the ball over and the defense isn't forcing them. When you're losing games by one score every week, turnovers obviously play a huge part. And we didn't need the numbers to tell us that either. Whether it's Jeremy Maclin or Jason Avant, we've seen how these turnovers have cost us games with our naked eyes..

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