With the Eagles back at work at the NovaCare Complex on Monday preparing for Sunday’s game against the Jets (0-3) to begin a critical and very difficult month of October, let’s take a look at this team’s offense. It’s been good, right? How good? Well, Eagle media relations guru John Gonoude (on Twitter @john_gonoude) put together some impressive numbers and, well, here they are.
Chew on these, because they’re impressive numbers and, from this perspective, the best is yet to come for the Eagles on offense in 2019 …
Key Offensive Statistics
Offensive Points Per Game: 27.5 – 5th in NFL, behind Baltimore (33.8), Kansas City (32.0), L.A. Rams (27.8), and San Francisco (27.7)
Points Per Drive: 2.44 – 4th in NFL, behind Baltimore (3.07), Kansas City (3.05), and Dallas (2.68)
Touchdown Drives: 14 – T-3rd in NFL with Dallas, behind Baltimore (17) and Kansas City (15)
Note: It's the most touchdown drives through four games since 2006 (14).
Drive TD Efficiency: 31.1% (14-of-45) – 4th in NFL, behind Baltimore (38.6%), Kansas City (35.7%), and Dallas (35.0%)
Note: It's the best drive TD efficiency through four games since at least 1991.
Red Zone Efficiency
Red Zone TD%: 68.9% (11-of-16) – 8th in NFL
Note: It's the best red zone touchdown percentage through four games since 2010 (80.0%, 8 of 10).
Red Zone Drives: 16 – 5th in NFL, behind Baltimore (18), Kansas City (17) , L.A. Rams (17), and Tampa Bay (17)
Note: It's the most red zone drives through four games since 2011 (21).
Red Zone TDs: 11 – T-2nd in NFL with L.A. Rams, behind Baltimore (12)
Note: It's the most red zone touchdowns through four games since 2005 (11).
Third-Down Efficiency: 56.1% (32-of-57) – 1st in NFL
Note: It's the best third-down efficiency through four games since at least 1991.
Three-and-Out Drives: 11.1% (5-of-45) – 4th in NFL, behind Kansas City (4.8%), San Francisco (5.6%), and L.A. Rams (10.6%)
Note: It's the lowest three-and-out drive percentage through four games since 2013 (6.1%, 3-of-49).
What does it all mean? It means that while the Eagles have a lot of work to do on offense – they need to score more earlier in games, they need to reduce turnovers and penalties, and they need to score a touchdown every time they reach the opponent’s red zone – they’re off to the right kind of start.
The first four games have produced strong offensive numbers. That’s usually the case in the NFL, when the weather is warm and generally storm free. The key is staying consistent, improving weaknesses, and getting better down the stretch. That’s the next step for the Eagles as they prepare for the Jets this Sunday.