The Philadelphia Eagles have their sights set on another Super Bowl appearance and that all begins with a Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots. While the Patriots’ roster leaves much to be desired, the Birds can’t afford to underestimate a team coached by the highly accomplished Bill Belichick.
Nevertheless, football is a numbers game and the Eagles have plenty of statistics going in their favor this weekend. Assuming that certain trends continue, Philadelphia is in a good spot to begin the new campaign with a 1-0 record.
New England will try its best to pull off an upset, but some trends can’t be ignored.
Here are three statistics that Eagles fans must know ahead of the Week 1 matchup against the Patriots.
3 Stats Eagles Fans Must Know Week 1
3. The Patriots’ Offensive Line Isn’t Good
Putting pressure on Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is a great way for the Eagles to help guarantee victory.
New England’s offensive line isn’t what it once was and last year’s play proved that. After only giving up 28 sacks in 2021 (third-fewest in the NFL), the Patriots surrendered 41 sacks last season (No. 15). Opponents knew they were vulnerable in that area, resulting in an average pocket time of 2.2 seconds — tied for the worst in the league.
Jones didn’t handle the pressure well, throwing 11 interceptions (T-No. 10) in 14 games.
In other words, the Eagles have the perfect game plan to win on Sunday, especially with New England already banged up on the O-line.
Philly had one of the NFL’s most aggressive defenses last season and it’ll be business as usual this year. The Eagles know how to up the pressure on QBs, proven by 70 sacks (No. 1), 178 pressures (No. 2) and 48 hurries (T-No. 9) in 2022.
Now that we’ve added promising rookies like Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith to the mix, I’m betting that the pass rush will be even more dangerous this year and Jones will be the first victim.