Eagles lead the league in drops


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Disturbing news for Eagles fans coming out of Pat Yasinskas' NFC South blog Thursday afternoon. Pat revealed (via Stats Inc.) that the Eagles are leading the NFL with 11 drops this season. The Lions and Broncos are tied for second place in this dubious category with 10 apiece.

So quick, let's try to justify this alarming number. For starters, only Jay Cutler (157) and Drew Brees (148) have attempted more passes than Donovan McNabb's 146. If you put it in the air that much, you're going to have some drops. The Eagles have also been without starters Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis most of the regular season. DeSean Jackson has been brilliant at times, but he's also had a couple of drops. I'll see if I can get the complete breakdown by player at some point today.

The Cowboys have seven drops and the Redskins and Giants are tied with five. Combined, the NFC East has dropped 28 balls, so they're one drop off the pace of the league-leading NFC North (29). I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I'm guessing Terrell Owens has at least four of the Cowboys' seven drops. He always seems to be among the league leaders in drops, but he still manages to put up big numbers.