Some of the following statistics below matter. Some may just be a matter of a small sample size. But to me, they’re all interesting in some way, so I thought we’d take a look at some basic statistical nuggets through Week 3:
1. The Eagles and Cowboys have each scored 47 points. That ties them for dead last in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Redskins have scored the most points in the NFL, with 99. The Giants are tied for 3rd with 94.
2. Despite their lack of scoring production, the Eagles are 5th in total yardage, with 416.7 yards per game. In fact, 3 NFC East teams are in the top 6 in total yards. The Giants are 3rd with 426 per game, and the Redskins are 6th with 404.3 per game. The Cowboys are 20th.
3. Why are the Eagles racking up yards but not scoring points? It might have something to do with their 12 giveaways, which is dead last in the NFL. The next closest team has 9.
4. Last year the Eagles were tied with Redskins for second worst in the league with -14 in turnover differential. This year the Redskins are 2nd best, at +6. The Eagles remain 2nd worst, at -6.
5. 8 fumbles for the Eagles. That’s dead last in the NFL.
6. Despite having the most points scored and the 6th most yards per game, the Skins have the 2nd worst 3rd down %. They’re 11 for 40 on 3rd down (28%). Only the Bucs are worse. Meanwhile, the Skins have the 4th most 1st downs per game. Does not compute.
7. The Cowboys are 4th worst in the league with 16.3 first downs per game.
8. Penalties are killing 3 of the 4 NFC East teams, as noted earlier in the week.
9. The Redskins are second in the league in rushing yardage. The Cowboys are 4th worst.
10. The Redskins lead the league in rushing TDs with 6. The Cowboys have 1.
11. The Giants have the 2nd most passing yards in the league.
12. The Eagles have the 3rd fewest passing TDs, with 3.
13. The Eagles have the 4th worst passer rating in the NFL.
14. The Giants have the 3rd most pass plays of over 20 yards, with 15.
15. The Eagles lead the league with 6 INTs thrown.
16. Three NFC East teams are in the top 6 in yards per pass attempt. The Giants are 3rd (8.5), the Redskins are 4th (8.4), and the Cowboys are 6th (7.8). The Eagles are 13th (7.2).
17. The Eagles have allowed the most hits on the QB with 28. The Redskins are 2nd with 23.
18. As noted above, the Redskins have scored the most points in the NFL. They’ve also given up more points than they’ve scored (101). That’s 4th worst in the NFL.
19. The Cowboys have the #1 defense in the league in terms of total yards. They’re only allowing 250 per game. The Eagles are 5th, with 275.5. The Redskins are 3rd worst with 429.3.
20. The Cowboys are allowing the lowest number of yards per play in the NFL, with 4.4. The Eagles are 2nd with 4.5. The Redskins are dead last, with 6.9, with the closest team being the Giants at 6.5.
21. The Eagles are only allowing 15 1st downs per game. That’s #1 in the NFL. The Cowboys are 15.7. That’s 2nd best.
22. The Eagles and Cowboys are both holding teams on 3rd down. Opposing offenses are getting 1st downs on just 29% of 3rd downs. They’re tied for 4th best in the NFL there.
23. The Redskins and Giants are tied for 3rd in takeaways, with 8 a piece.
24. The Cowboys are 2nd best in passing yards allowed, with just 137 per game. Then there’s a big gap to 3rd best, the Eagles, at 172.7. The Redskins are 2nd worst, with 337.3.
25. The Giants are allowing 9.3 yards per pass attempt. That’s the worst in the NFL. The Redskins are allowing 9.1 per attempt. That’s 2nd worst. The Eagles are allowing 5.7. That’s the best in the NFL. The Cowboys are 3rd with 5.9.
26. The Redskins have allowed 10 TDs throught the air. Worst in the NFL.
27. The Redskins have given up 16 pass plays of 20+ yards. They’ve given up 4 pass plays of 40+ yards. They’re 2nd worst in both categories. The Cowboys have given up 6 plays of over 20 yards. That’s 3rd best. They haven’t given up any pass plays of over 40 yards.
28. The Giants have 6 INTs. 2nd best. The Eagles have 5. 5th best. The Cowboys have just 1.
29. The Redskins and Eagles have only given up 1 rushing TD. Of course, in the Redskins’ case, it’s difficult to give up rushing TDs when they’re too busy giving up passing TDs.
30. Only the Texans (+46), Falcons (+46), and Ravens (+31) have better point differentials than the Giants (+29). Last year, the Giants were -6 and won the Super Bowl.