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Inside The Numbers

Posted Nov 7, 2011

The following notes were compiled by the Eagles' media relations staff after the Eagles' 30-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Shady Aftermath … RB LeSean McCoy has scored a touchdown in all eight games, which is tied for the longest streak in team history with Steve Van Buren (eight in 1947). The last NFL running back with a touchdown in each of the first eight games of the season was Emmitt Smith in 1999 … McCoy is the NFL’s leading rusher this season with 825 and nine rushing scores. He is also tied for the NFL lead with 11 total touchdowns. His rushing total is the highest ever by an Eagle in the first eight games of the season … With 3,626 career scrimmage yards, McCoy surpassed Wilbert Montgomery (3,622) for the most ever by an Eagle in his first three seasons.

Long Sunday Drives … The Eagles have accumulated 3,475 total net yards this season, which is the most ever by an Eagles team through the first eight games of the season, and the seventh-highest total in the NFL since 1940. The St. Louis Rams (3,931 in 2000) hold the NFL record, followed by the LA Rams (3,772 in 1951), San Diego Chargers (3,610 in 1982), New Orleans Saints (3,553 in 2011), New England Patriots (3,516 in 2007) and Houston Oilers (3,508 in 1961).

Offensive Quick Hits … TE Brent Celek led the team with seven receptions and 60 yards. He has now posted 18 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. The only other time Celek has had seven or more catches in back-to-back games was 9/20/09 vs. New Orleans and 9/27/09 vs. Kansas City … RB Ronnie Brown scored his first touchdown of the season … The Eagles 15-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter was their longest of the season … The Eagles have converted 15 of 26 third down opportunities over the last two games (57.7%).

Defensive Nuggets … LB Brian Rolle stripped the ball from Matt Forte and ran it back for his first-career touchdown and the first by an Eagles linebacker since Will Witherspoon’s nine-yard interception return on 10/26/09 at Washington. The last Eagles rookie to score on a fumble recovery was Kevin Johnson on 10/29/95 vs. St. Louis … DE Trent Cole also jarred the ball loose from Forte, which was recovered by DT Mike Patterson and led to an Eagles touchdown.

Birdseed … Andy Reid patrolled the sidelines for his 200th regular season game tonight, becoming the 31st head coach in NFL history to reach that plateau and just the 13th to do so with one franchise, joining George Halas (CHI), Don Shula (MIA), Tom Landry (DAL), Curly Lambeau (GB), Chuck Noll (PIT), Mike Shanahan (DEN), Steve Owen (NYG), Jeff Fisher (HOU/TEN), Bud Grant (MIN), Joe Gibbs (WAS), Bill Cowher (PIT), and Hank Stram (KC) … DE Trent Cole played in his 100th NFL game … K Alex Henery connected on a career-long 47-yard field goal attempt.

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