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The Explosive Offense Starts Up Front

Posted Nov 30, 2013

Knock on wood.

The Eagles had five different starting offensive line combinations by Week 13 of 2012. Left tackle Jason Peters never suited up for a single game. Center Jason Kelce suffered a torn ACL in Week 2. Todd Herremans was on Injured Reserve for the final seven games with a foot injury.

It's been a much different story for the Eagles offensive line in 2013. The Eagles have rolled out the same five-man starting unit for each of the first 11 games and are on track to make it 12 this Sunday against Arizona. The Eagles have set a franchise record with nine games with at least 400 yards of offense and it's no coincidence that the continuity of the offensive line is a big reason for overall unit's success.

"They've played a lot together. I think they've played together now almost 90 percent of the snaps. I think that's important for that unit," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.

"You know, when guys come back from injury you really don't worry about it. I know all the players are exposed to injury. Our guys have done a good job of training their bodies in the offseason and then working and preparing each week, so they minimize those risks. But they've done a good job. Anytime an offensive line can play together for as long or as many snaps as they have, they have a chance to be a good offense."

Here is a more detailed look at what the return of Peters and Kelce this season have meant for the Eagles offense ...

The Difference With Kelce And Peters Back
Stat First 11 Games 2012 First 11 Games 2013
Record 3-8 6-5
Scoring 16.7 PPG (30th in NFL) 25.1 PPG (10th in NFL)
Total Offense 357.1 YPG (14th in NFL) 412.5 YPG (5th in NFL)
Rushing Offense 129.1 YPG (9th in NFL) 150.6 YPG (2nd in NFL)
Passing Offense 246.1 YPG (17th in NFL) 261.7 YPG (8th in NFL)
25+ Pass Plays 17 (21st in NFL) 37 (1st in NFL)
Turnovers 27 (31st in NFL) 15 (T-14th in NFL)

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