Here are some news and notes from Sunday's 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals including
Donnie Football ... P Donnie Jones landed seven punts inside the 20-yard line, setting a team record and tying for the third-highest total in the NFL since the stat became official in 1976. Only Jacksonville’s Bryan Barker (8 on 11/14/99 vs. Baltimore) and Pittsburgh’s Mark Royals (8 on 11/6/94 at Houston Oilers) had more. Both Barker and Royals are former Eagles ... Jones has placed 29 punts inside the 20 this season, which is tied for the second-highest total in franchise history behind Jeff Feagles’ 31 in 1993 ... Jones booted a 69-yarder today, his second-longest of the season and the third-longest of his career ... Jones boasts the third-highest career gross punting average (45.3) and the best net punting average (41.3) in franchise history.
Turning the Tables ... The Eagles were plus-three on the turnover ratio today and are plus-seven on the season. In their seven wins, they are plus-13 and minus-six in their five losses ... During the current four-game winning streak, the Eagles are plus-eight and have committed just one giveaway.
We’re Going Streaking ... The Eagles have now won four consecutive games, which is the third-longest current streak in the NFL behind Carolina (8) and Seattle (6). Seattle plays New Orleans (who has a three-game winning streak) on Monday Night.
King Cole ... LB Trent Cole compiled two sacks on the day and now has 76 in his career, tying Clyde Simmons for second on the Eagles all-time list ... Cole had two sacks in back-to-back games. It’s the third time Cole has had multiple sacks in consecutive games and the first time since 2006 ... Cole also forced a fumble, which was recovered by DT
Defensive Nuggets ... The Eagles forced turnovers on the first two possessions and three overall against a Cardinals team that had gone two straight games without a giveaway ... S
Ertz So Good ... TE
Sack Attack ... The Eagles defense combined for five sacks of Carson Palmer, including two apiece by Cole and LB
Forever 21 ... The Eagles defense has held its opponents to 21 points or less in each of the last eight games, the only NFL team to do so during that span. The last time the Eagles held opponents to 21 points or less over an eight-game stretch came in 2003 ... Only the Panthers (10), Chiefs (9), and Saints (9) have held more opponents to 21 points or less this year.
Defensive Turnaround Continues ... The Eagles defense has vastly improved over the last eight games in many of the major categories, holding opponents to just 17.9 points per game, compared to 27.5 over the first four games.
|The Turnaround On Defense Continues|
|Stat||First Four Games||Last Eight Games|
|Touchdowns Allowed||4.0 per game||1.9 per game|
|Interceptions||0.5 per game||1.6 per game|
|Punts Forced||2.8 per game||5.8 per game|
Tighten It Up ... With his 24th career touchdown catch, TE
Birdseed ... The Eagles have not allowed opening drive points in their last seven games ...