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How the 2014 Eagles Compared to the NFL Average

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Where do the Eagles rank in comparison to the rest of the league?

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The Philadelphia Eagles season has been over for nearly a month, but let's take a look at how the 2014 team performed compared to the NFL average and see where improvement is needed.

GENERAL:

Category Eagles Rank
Point Differential/Play 0.061 9
Yard Differential/Play 0.2 8
Turnover Differential -8 26

This pretty much sums up the Eagles season. Turnovers killed an otherwise solid team.

OFFENSE:

Category Eagles NFL AVG Difference Rank
Yards/Game 396.8 348.1 48.7 5
Yards/Play 5.63 5.44 0.19 11
RushYards/Game 124.5 111.3 13.2 9
RushYards/Play 4.2 4.16 0.04 15
PassYards/Game 272.3 236.8 35.5 6
PassYards/Play 7.01 6.78 0.23 12
Interception Rate 3.38% 2.52% 0.86% 30
Sacks/Pass Attempt 5.15% 6.78% -1.63% 11
First Downs/Game 22.3 20 2.3 7t
3rd Down Pct 43.46% 39.94% 3.52% 9
4th Down Pct 63.64% 45.90% 17.74% 2
RedZone Pct 49.15% 53.54% -4.39% 23
Goal to Go Pct 62.50% 69.84% -7.34% 25t
Points/Game 29.6 22.6 7 3

Just like they did in 2013, the Eagles moved the ball and scored points. They weren't as good on offense, however. Instead of being an elite offense they were merely above average. Factor in the turnovers and that's just not good enough. Another key area where the Eagles struggled is in scoring position. They have to find a way to get better in the red zone.

DEFENSE

Category Eagles NFL AVG Difference Rank
Yards/Game 375.6 348.1 27.5 28
Yards/Play 5.4 5.44 -0.04 16
RushYards/Game 110.7 111.3 -0.6 15
RushYards/Play 3.74 4.16 -0.42 5
PassYards/Game 264.9 236.8 28.1 31
PassYards/Play 7.17 6.78 0.39 22
Interception Rate 2.03% 2.52% -0.49% 24
Sacks/Pass Attempt 8.29% 6.78% 1.51% 6
First Downs/Game 21.1 20 1.1 26
3rd Down Pct 37.93% 39.94% -2.01% 13
4th Down Pct 25.00% 45.90% -20.90% 5
RedZone Pct 58.14% 53.54% -4.60% 23
Goal to Go Pct 70.00% 69.84% 0.16% 16
Points/Game 25 22.6 2.4 22t

The Eagles' efficiency numbers (per play) don't look as bad as the volume numbers (per game) would indicate. The Eagles defense faces a lot of plays (offense is last in time of possession) so they're bound to allow more yards.

Due to a strong front seven, the run defense was good once again. Philadelphia's secondary was the obvious weak point on defense. The Eagles could afford to do better when it comes to red zone defense as well.

SPECIAL TEAMS (FOR):

Category Eagles NFL AVG Difference Rank
Punt Return Avg 13 8.9 4.1 3
Kickoff Return Avg 27.3 23.8 3.5 5
Field Goals Made 88.89% 83.99% 4.90% 7t

Philadelphia's special teams ranked first in the NFL for a reason. Darren Sproles made the Pro Bowl due to his punt return skills. The Eagles also scored a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns. Rookie kicker Cody Parkey was a revelation.

SPECIAL TEAMS (AGAINST):

Category Eagles NFL AVG Difference Rank
Punt Return Avg 8.2 8.9 -0.7 13
Kickoff Return Avg 22.8 23.8 -1 12

Not much to say here. Above average coverage units.

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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS

Category Rank
Team DVOA 7
Offense 13
Pass Offense 15
Rush Offense 13
Defense 10
Pass Defense 20
Rush Defense 6
Special Teams 1

FO has the Eagles as a top 10 defense.

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

Category Rank
Offense 5
Pass Offense 23
Rush Offense 23
Pass Block 8
Run Block 1
Defense 7
Run Defense 8
Pass Rush 5
Pass Coverage 12
Special Teams 3

PFF seems to indicate that the Eagles struggles weren't so much related to offensive line play. Like FO, they also weren't too down on the Eagles defense.