Stats & Info: Julius Peppers

Top stats to know: 2014 NFL schedule

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Jennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesThe 2014 NFL season will culminate at Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Sure it is April, but the 2014 NFL schedule has been released and that means it is time to get ready for a season full of intriguing matchups.

From high-profile veterans facing their former teams, to the 16th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, here is a look at some of the early highlights of the 2014 season:

Reunion games
DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith, Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Jared Allen and Julius Peppers.

Those are just a handful of veterans released during the off-season who will have a chance to play against their former teams in 2014.

After a career year in 2013, Jackson was released by the Eagles this off-season. He will face the Eagles twice this season (Week 3 in Philadelphia and Week 16 in Washington).

Smith, the Panthers career leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards, promised there would be "blood and guts everywhere" if he faced the Panthers in 2014 after being released by the team in March. As a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Smith will get a crack at the Panthers on Sept. 28 in Baltimore.

Johnson only joined the Jets a little more than a week ago, but he's already slated for a Tennessee reunion. Johnson and the Jets will travel to Tennessee Week 15 to take on the Titans. Johnson has posted six straight 1,000-yard seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Allen signed a 4-year deal with the Bears at the end of March after spending six seasons in Minnesota. Allen led the NFL with 85.5 sacks during his Vikings tenure. Allen will face the Vikings twice this season (Week 11 and Week 17).

Peppers is now on the other side of the NFL's most-played rivalry after signing a three-year deal with the Packers in March just days after being released by the Bears. Peppers totaled 38 sacks in his four seasons in Chicago and made three Pro Bowls.

And a college reunion
Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles will play the NFC West this season as part of the standard division rotation.

Kelly will have the opportunity to coach against former Pac-10 coaching rivals Pete Carroll (USC) and Jim Harbaugh (Stanford). As a head coach, Kelly was a combined 2-1 against Carroll and Harbaugh with a win over each.

Kelly and the Eagles will also travel to Indianapolis in Week 2 for a Monday Night Football showdown against former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Kelly's Oregon teams were 2-1 against Stanford during Andrew Luck's collegiate career.

Top games
On Nov. 2, Manning and Brady will meet for the 16th time, including the playoffs, tied for the most between any pair of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.

Manning will also face his former team for the second time as the Broncos will host the Colts to open their season. Manning and the Broncos lost to the Colts 39-33 in 2013.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the top two picks in the 2012 draft, will meet for the first time in Week 13. In their young careers, Griffin III is 12-16, while Luck is 22-10.

A rematch of last year's Super Bowl, Broncos-Seahawks, will also take place this season. The Seahawks' 35-point margin of victory in the Super Bowl is tied for the third largest in NFL history.

Free agency after one month

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Getty ImagesDeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen and Julius Peppers will all be in new cities come the fall.
It has been one month since the beginning of NFL free agency and there has been no shortage of excitement.

Some of the game’s top defensive players have packed their bags, while the Denver Broncos have looked to bolster a defense that was exposed in the Super Bowl.

Here is a look at some of the major free agency headlines so far:

Broncos back at it
The Broncos were among the most active teams in the first few days of free agency.

DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Emmanuel Sanders, T.J. Ward and Will Montgomery will all wear orange and blue in the fall. Denver is trying to become the third team in NFL history to lose the Super Bowl and then win the game in the following season (Cowboys in Super Bowl VI and Dolphins in Super Bowl VII).

But that effort has not been cheap.

The Broncos have spent more than $65 million in guaranteed money this offseason – second only to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Denver seems to be following a similar script to its 2013 offseason, when the team signed five players in the first month of free agency, including Wes Welker and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

While the Broncos have added some notable players, they have also lost some big names. On the offensive side of the ball, Denver will have to replace Zane Beadles, Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno. On defense, the Broncos will look to make up for the loss of Champ Bailey and Rodgers-Cromartie, among others.

Bucs spend big
The Buccaneers have added 15 free agents – the most of any team – so it is no surprise that the effort has been costly.

They’ve spent more than $70 million in guaranteed money in the first month of free agency, including re-signings.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, spending money early in free agency does not necessarily mean the future is bright. Four teams spent at least $50 million in the first month of free agency last season (Lions, Dolphins, Colts, Cowboys) and the Colts were the only one of those teams to make the playoffs in 2013.

Show them the money
In terms of contracts that have been reported, five of the six players to get at least $20 million in guaranteed money were defensive players.

The Saints gave safety Jarius Byrd $26.3 million – the most guaranteed money during the first month of free agency among reported contracts. The next highest was Branden Albert, Aqib Talib, Michael Johnson, DeMarcus Ware and then Vontae Davis (re-signed with team).

Pass rushers swap teams
Since the start of the 2010 season, Jared Allen and Julius Peppers have the first and third-most sacks among NFL North players.

Those two defensive ends changed teams within the division in the first month of free agency. Allen went from the Vikings to the Bears, while Peppers signed with the Packers after being released by Chicago.

Allen and Peppers rank in the top three in sacks among active players and Allen has 10 more sacks in his career, despite playing two fewer seasons.

Top stats to know: NFL Free Agency (Day 5)

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What were the top statistical storylines from Day 5 of NFL Free Agency?

Edelman stays in New England

Unrestricted free agent Julian Edelman agreed to terms to remain with the New England Patriots. Edelman developed a great rapport with Tom Brady last season, becoming his favorite target. No Patriots receiver had more receptions, yards, touchdowns or targets than Edelman last season. In fact, Edelman caught 70.5 percent of his targets from Tom Brady last season, the highest completion percentage by a QB-WR duo with at least 75 attempts.

Edelman ranked fourth with a career-high 105 catches last season, a huge leap from his previous career high of 37 in 2009. He was one of five players to catch 100 or more passes in 2013. Among 60 wide receivers with at least 75 targets last season, Edelman’s 70.5 catch percentage was best in the league.

He also thrived in the slot position, recording over half of his receptions from there last season. Edeleman’s 53 slot receptions ranked third in the NFL, behind only Kendall Wright and Wes Welker.

Peppers picks the Packers

Julius Peppers could help bring some pass rush help back to the Green Bay Packers. The Packers sacked or put opposing quarterbacks under duress on 22.5 percent of dropbacks last season, tied for third worst in the NFL. However, the Packers tied with Peppers' former team, the Chicago Bears.

There are some questions on how effective Peppers can be at this point, especially as games progress. Peppers posted 7.0 sacks last season, tied for the second-lowest total of his career. He posted a sack for every 118.6 defensive snaps he was on the field last season, his worst rate in the last six seasons.

As a member of the Bears, Peppers was very disruptive in the first halves of games, recording 26.0 sacks. As the game wore on, however, Peppers' sack totals declined. All 7.0 of his sacks last season were in the first half.

Peppers has primarily played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme throughout his career. The Packers base defense is a 3-4. If the Packers have Peppers move to linebacker, it will be a relatively new experience for him. Since 2010, Peppers has logged a total of 19 snaps as a linebacker. He has played 3,328 total snaps over that time.

Top stats to know: NFL free agency (Day 1)

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What were the top statistical storylines from Day 1 of NFL free agency?

Most prominent signing: Saints nab Byrd; Broncos net Talib
The New Orleans Saints made the biggest acquisition of the day, agreeing to terms with three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd.
Jairus Byrd
Byrd

Byrd has intercepted 22 passes since he entered the NFL in 2009. Only Asante Samuel (25) has more interceptions over that time.

Late Monday, the Denver Broncos agreed to a deal with former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib.

Talib's 23 interceptions are the sixth-most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.

Talib will look to support a secondary that has defended deep passes well in the regular season the last two years, but has struggled mightily in the postseason.

Joe Flacco went 6 of 11 with 3 touchdowns when passing 15 or more yards downfield to eliminate the Broncos in 2012, and Russell Wilson went 3 of 3 for 80 yards in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Browns and Buccaneers spend on defense
The Cleveland Browns positioned themselves to be aggressive in free agency, entering the day $50 million under the NFL Salary Cap (third-most under the cap in the league) and they made an immediate impact by agreeing to deals with ex-San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner and former Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Whitner was a two-time Pro Bowler and a key part of a defense that allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL last season. Opposing quarterbacks had a 39.9 Total QBR against the 49ers last season, sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Dansby was one of two players with 4.0 sacks and four interceptions last season (Lavonte David).

He led all linebackers last season with 17 total passes intercepted or defended and was one of nine players with multiple defensive touchdowns last season.
Alterraun Verner
Verner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also made a pair of prominent defensive acquisitions, signing Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner.

The Buccaneers recorded only 6.5 sacks last season by players lining up as a traditional defensive end (end of line, hand in dirt). That was worst among any 4-3 defense and second worst overall. Johnson has recorded 25.0 of his 26.5 career sacks when lining up as a defensive end.

Verner could be a key replacement for Darrelle Revis. Verner is one of 12 cornerbacks in the NFL to start every game in the last two seasons and has never missed a game in four seasons. His 17 pass breakups last season tied for second-most in the NFL.

Position of Note: Offensive Tackle
There was a major first-day run on offensive tackles with Jared Veldheer (Cardinals), Branden Albert (Miami Dolphins), Rodger Saffold (Oakland Raiders) and Eugene Monroe (Baltimore Ravens) all inking huge deals to join new teams.

Albert’s signing may be the most prominent. He played 72 percent of the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive snaps last season. When he was on the field, the Chiefs averaged 5.7 yards per run to the left side. When he was off the field, that dropped to 4.1.

The Dolphins averaged 4.4 yards on runs to the left last season, a hair below the league average of 4.5.

The Raiders were also in need of an offensive line upgrade. Oakland quarterbacks were under duress on 32 percent of dropbacks last season, the fourth-highest rate in the league.

The Cuts
Costly contracts resulted in some notable names being cut loose, adding to the free agent pool.

The most notable among them were DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers.

Ware leads all players with 57.5 sacks as a stand-up linebacker over the last six seasons.He has also gotten to the passer as a defensive end, recording 26.0 sacks with his hand in the dirt. Only three other players have 20 sacks when lining up as a linebacker and defensive end over that time- John Abraham, Tamba Hali and Shaun Phillips.

Peppers ranks third among active players with 119 career sacks, trailing only Abraham (133.5) and Jared Allen (128.5). Ware’s 117 rank fourth. Those 117 trail only Reggie White’s 137 for most by a player in his first nine seasons.

NFL fans tweeted and we answered

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What running back has the most yards after contact this year? -- @Mark_Bunker
So far this season, Marshawn Lynch has the most yards after contact with 199. That accounts for 47.0 percent of his 423 rushing yards.

What is the % of Yds after contact for Cedric Benson thru 4 games? -- @rspahn4
45.2 percent (103 of 228) of Cedric Benson’s rush yards have come after contact. Benson is averaging 1.6 yards after contact per rush this season. In fact, that was also his averagein in 2010 and 2011.

Since the start of 2010, which QB's have led the most 4th quarter game-tying or gw drives? -- @SirMatzahBoi3
Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez each have 10 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter/OT since 2010. Next on the list are Drew Brees (9), Joe Flacco and Eli Manning (8 each).

Who is the top-scoring NFL team of all time? -- @dariostero
Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, the 2007 Patriots hold the single-season record with 589 points. 2011 Packers are second with 560 points. The Chicago Bears own the record for most seasons leading the league in scoring. They’ve led the NFL in scoring 10 seasons, although they haven’t led since 1956.

how many times has Aaron Rodgers thrown for 4+ TD passes in consecutive games. -- @AHein31
Only once has Rodgers thrown 4+ TD passes in consecutive games. Last season, Rodgers threw 4 at San Diego in week 9 and 4 more in Week 10 against the Vikings.

What NFL defensive lineman has the most interceptions? -- @dkotchen
Ron McDole (1961-78) had 12 career interceptions. Among active players, Julius Peppers has the most interceptions among defensive linemen with 8.

Seymour's deal highlights his production

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Richard Seymour
Seymour
If reports are correct, the Oakland Raiders will make Richard Seymour the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. The 2010 Pro Bowler has been credited with bringing leadership to a young, talented defense that has made strides in the two seasons since Seymour's arrival. The Raiders finished 11th in the league in yards allowed last season -- their best ranking since 2006 -- as the team completed its first non-losing season in eight years.

But Seymour's production has waned during his time in Oakland. Even at his best, Seymour -- who plays both defensive tackle and defensive end -- has never had the impact of a player like Julius Peppers, from whom Seymour is set to take the title of NFL's richest defender. His 9.5 sacks the past two seasons are tied for 57th in the NFL, behind less-celebrated (and less-expensive) players like Juqua Parker and Raheem Brock.

Even when Seymour does get to the quarterback, he lacks the ability to force a turnover. Seymour's 48.5 career sacks rank 38th in the league since his rookie season in 2001.

Each player with more sacks than Seymour has forced a minimum of six fumbles. Seymour has forced just four.

Seymour is an every-down player as opposed to a pass-rushing specialist. Still, he’s yet to transform the Raiders' rush defense into one of the NFL's elite. Since 2009, only the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed more rushing yards per game than the Raiders (144.6). Oakland has surrendered 4.5 yards per carry over the past two seasons, 28th in the NFL.

Seymour may not even be the best member of Oakland’s defensive line. Tommy Kelly, who lines up alongside Seymour at defensive tackle, recorded more tackles (60 to 48) and sacks (7 to 5.5) than Seymour last season. Kelly signed a seven-year, $50.5 million contract with the Raiders three years ago, a deal with an average annual value less than half of what Seymour is scheduled to earn over the next two years.
Bears at Lions

No question that Julius Peppers, along with help from Israel Idonije, has helped to restore the Chicago Bears’ defense to the top of the NFL. The Bears have been tough against the pass this season (16 interceptions, T-2nd in NFL), and have executed on the defensive line to near perfection.

Their ability to be effective without the blitz has been one of Chicago's strengths. When sending four pass rushers or fewer, the Bears are allowing just six yards per pass attempt and a passer rating of 68.0. Both are first in the NFL in those situations.

Falcons at Buccaneers

Much has been made of Matt Ryan’s 19-1 home record. On the road, however, Ryan and the Falcons are just 10-11.

This week against Tampa Bay, Ryan might be able to expose the Buccaneers on long passes down the middle. Tampa Bay is 28th in passer rating allowed on throws between the numbers of more than 15 yards.

If the Falcons can establish the run early and force the safeties to cheat closer to the box, Ryan might look deep over the middle for a big day. Ryan is the most accurate quarterback this season on deep throws inside the numbers.

Jaguars at Titans

Maurice Jones-Drew has been one of the few successful running backs this season against a loaded box (opposing defense bring more defenders into the box than the offense has blockers). Jones-Drew has averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 37 rushes this season against a loaded box, and 10 of those runs resulted in first downs. And since 2008, only Thomas Jones (18) has more rushing touchdowns against a loaded box than Jones-Drew’s 15.

Broncos at Chiefs

When opponents put at least seven men in the box, the Kansas City Chiefs are averaging 4.9 yards per rush, second-best in the NFL.

The extra men in the box also have helped Dwayne Bowe find open space. Bowe has scored a league-high nine touchdowns with at least seven men in the box at the snap.

On defense, the Chiefs saw the best and worst of Kyle Orton in Week 10, but mostly the best. Kansas City stuck with a standard pass rush of four or fewer on 63 percent of dropbacks, and Orton responded with four touchdowns and a 155.1 passer rating. When the Chiefs sent five or more, Orton completed just 33 percent of his pass attempts with a passer rating of 47.2.

Raiders at Chargers

With a season-ending injury of Bruce Gradkowski, Jason Campbell will be back at quarterback for the Raiders. Campbell performed well in the Raiders’ 35-27 win over the Chargers in Week 5. He was most effective when the Chargers played the pass: Campbell completed 7-of-8 passes for 120 yards (118.8 rating) when San Diego had at least five defensive backs on the field.

In that Week 5 win, Campbell received a solid dose of the Chargers’ 3-4 base defense, completing 4-of-8 passes for just 26 yards. On the season, Campbell has faced a 3-4 defense on nearly 29 percent of his dropbacks, and the results have not been good. He’s completed 47.2 percent of his passes when facing a 3-4 defense with just one touchdown and a passer rating of 56.3.
Philip Rivers
Rivers

For the Chargers, Philip Rivers has established himself as an MVP candidate this season, but he has been hindered in one area. Rivers has thrown eight of his nine interceptions when throwing the ball 15 yards or more downfield. The eight interceptions on deep balls are tied for the most in the league with Aaron Rodgers.
With the 16-0 victory, the Chicago Bears are the first team in NFL history with 700 wins. Second is the Green Bay Packers with 660.

It’s only appropriate that the Miami Dolphins were shut out on Thursday. It’s the first time Miami was shut out at home in exactly nine years. On Nov. 18, 2001, the New York Jets blanked the Dolphins in Miami, 24-0.

The only other shutout this season also involved an NFC North team winning on the road against an AFC East opponent. In Week 8, the Packers won at the Jets, 9-0.

And it was nearly four years ago to the day that the Bears shut out a team on the road. On Nov. 19, 2006, the Bears blanked the Jets 10-0 in the Meadowlands.

The Bears improve to 4-1 on the road, which currently is the best road record in the NFC. (Four other NFC teams are 3-1 on the road heading into Sunday’s schedule.) Chicago’s final three road games are against NFC North opponents, and the Bears already have home wins over the Lions, Packers and Vikings. Since 2002, Chicago has finished just one season with a winning road record – 7-1 in 2006.

The Miami Dolphins, who were 1-11 on 3rd downs, now are 1-4 at home and 4-1 on the road.

From the Elias Sports Bureau: The Bears held the Dolphins to 39 rushing yards. that's the fourth game this season they've held an opponent to less than 50 yards rushing, the most in the NFL. That’s as many such games as the Bears' defense recorded over the past three seasons combined.

Tyler Thigpen had a team-high six rushes Thursday against the Bears. From the Elias Sports Bureau: He's the first QB to lead the Dolphins in carries in a game since David Woodley in 1981. Woodley (and RB Tony Franklin) had 15 rushes Dec. 19, 1981 against the Bills.

More From the Elias Sports Bureau: the seven rush attempts by the Dolphins running backs and fullbacks (three each by Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown and one by Patrick Cobbs) on Thursday tied the fewest in a game in franchise history by running backs/fullbacks.

D-Gaps: Peppers paying off in Chicago

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Julius Peppers has paid immediate dividends for the Chicago Bears' defense.

Filling you in on what you may have missed on the "other" side of the ball last week.

Through five weeks, there’s no shortage of teams at or near the top of their divisions that were not expected to contend for much of anything in 2010. Here’s how three of them -- Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs -- have excelled defensively this season.

Peppers filling up stat sheet:
A pair of sacks in five games may not seem like enough to justify the six-year, $91 million contract, but Julius Peppers is having an effect on the Bears defense even when he’s not getting to the quarterback.

In addition to his two sacks, Peppers also has an interception and a pair of forced fumbles, making him the only player in the league this season with two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Peppers is disrupting opposing passing attacks even when he’s not applying pressure. No defensive lineman has more pass breakups this season than Peppers’ four, and his four passes defensed matches the total from the entire Bears defensive line in 2009 (Anthony Adams, Gaines Adams, Alex Brown and Tommie Harris each had one).

Peppers is just one of the factors contributing to the better effort by the Bears defense thus far. (The return of Brian Urlacher and emergence of Israel Idonije have also helped.) After allowing 23.4 points per game last season, the Bears are surrendering just 14.8 in 2010, fifth-best in the league. Only one team, the Chiefs, has had a larger decrease in points per game allowed from 2009 to 2010. The Bears are also allowing fewer yards per game in 2010. One year after ranking 17th in the NFL in yards allowed, the Bears are currently sixth.

Buccaneers defense dominant after halftime
After finishing 3-13 in 2009, 10 games behind the division-winning New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, the Buccaneers are 3-1, with their only loss coming against a Pittsburgh Steelers team widely considered one of the league’s best.

The Bucs defense is receiving little credit for the team’s hot start. It’s easy to understand, too, when you consider the defense ranks near the middle of the league in both yards allowed (18th) and points per game (15th).

However, Tampa Bay’s defense has surrendered an NFL-low 21 points after halftime this season, which is one reason why the Buccaneers already have two wins when trailing at the half. All three of the Buccaneers wins in 2009 came when they trailed at halftime, giving Tampa Bay an NFL-best five wins over the last two seasons when down at the half.

This is more than a result of Tampa Bay simply trailing at halftime more often than other teams since the start of 2009. Over that span, the Bucs are 5-11 when down at half, the ninth-best record in the league.

Chiefs finally getting to quarterbacks
Just two seasons after setting NFL records for fewest sacks in a season (10 in 2008), the Chiefs pass rush has upgraded from awful to average. After finishing 31st in the league in sacks in 2009, the Chiefs currently are tied for 18th with nine.
Hali
Kansas City has been able to pressure the quarterback without exposing its young secondary. Eight of the nine Chiefs sacks this season have come with four pass rushers or fewer. Only six teams have sacked the quarterback more often without blitzing.

Much of the credit should go to Tamba Hali, who leads the team with 4 sacks, which is tied for seventh in the NFL. The last Chiefs player with more sacks through the first four games of a season was Derrick Thomas in 1998.

D-Gaps: More yards allowed, more wins?

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(Filling you in on what you may have missed on the "other" side of the ball this week)

Three weeks into the season and across the league teams are winning despite surrendering obscene amounts of yardage. The 16 winners in Week 3 allowed a total of 5,752 yards (359.5 per game) and 73 MORE total yards than they gained. That’s right, losers gained more total yards than winners last week.

Five teams -- the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears -- won despite being outgained by at least 100 yards. A team has been outgained by triple digits 24 times in 2010, and those teams’ record is 12-12.

Last year, teams which were outgained by at least 100 yards were 18-102 (.176 win percentage). That number is in line with what we've seen from teams outgained by that much dating to the merger. From 1970-2009, teams were 638-2,949-21 (.180 win percentage). So over the previous 40 seasons, teams won 18 percent of the time when being outgained by triple digits. So far in 2010, they're winning 50 percent of the time.

Ware, Cowboys defense secures first win
Needing a win to avoid an 0-3 start, the Cowboys got a huge performance from their defense -- especially linebacker DeMarcus Ware -- against the Houston Texans. Ware recorded three sacks and six tackles, five for a loss. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, a Cowboys player has registered at least three sacks in a game 20 times. Ware has done it six times, two more than any other Cowboy. Among active players, only Julius Peppers, with seven, has more three-sack games than Ware.

The rest of the defense combined to force their first three turnovers of the season as Dallas finished plus-three in turnover margin. The Cowboys have won 15 straight games with a plus-three or better in the turnover column since losing to the Cardinals in 1997.

McNabb needs to keep it short vs Eagles secondary
As Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia to face the Eagles for the first time, he would be smart to throw the ball underneath and check down frequently against a much-improved Eagles pass defense.

Quarterbacks have completed 1-of-12 passes and have a 27.8 passer rating on throws at least 20 yards downfield against the Eagles this season. The Eagles have allowed fewer completions on throws of that length than 29 of the NFL’s 32 teams in 2010. In 2008 and 2009, opponents completed 31.6 percent of throws 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage vs Philadelphia and had a passer rating of 60.2 on those attempts.

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