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NFC East: Tackling Division Losing Streaks, More Stats

Posted Oct 15, 2013

One way or another, a streak is going to get snapped this weekend in Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are winless in their last three roadtrips going back to 2012’s heartbreaking finale in Washington D.C. Combined with that loss to the Redskins, they have lost both road games this season – at Kansas City and at San Diego – to contribute to their 3-3 mark.

It’s been much, much longer since the Eagles gave their home fans something to cheer about. Philadelphia has lost its only two home games of 2013 to this point, but the streak goes all the way back to Sept. 30 of last season. In Week 4 of 2012, the Eagles squeaked past the Giants for a 19-17 win.

So it’s been 380 days since the home team won a game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are just 5-13 on their home field since the start of 2011, when their nosedive out of perennial playoff contention began.

Ugly as it might seem with the Cowboys’ string of lackluster finishes, Dallas’ away record isn’t awful during Jason Garrett’s tenure. Since Garrett took over prior to 2010’s trip to play the Giants, the Cowboys are a decent 9-12 in opposing venues.

Oddly enough, the Cowboys and Eagles have nearly identical records – though in reversed locations. Both teams have played Washington and New York within the division, and they’ve both played Kansas City, San Diego and Denver – though, in opposite locations from each other.

Fittingly, given the context of this post, the Eagles are 2-3 against that common opposition with both wins coming on the road. The Cowboys are 2-3 with both wins coming at home. So like I said, something has to change this weekend.

Losing streaks seem like a given, though, in a division that is a combined 7-16 so far this season. The Redskins’ loss on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas dropped them 1-2 on the road, 0-2 at home. The Giants haven’t won anywhere, with four losses coming on the road and two at home.

They’d need quite a winning streak to match last season’s 6-2 home mark. Though, they are well on their way to matching the 2-6 road record.

Here are some more stats from around the NFC East:

 

  • LeSean McCoy, to this point, is running away with the NFL rushing title. He’s got 630 yards on 123 carries to this point in the season.
  • It’s not just the ground game where McCoy is proving to be so dangerous, either. McCoy leads the NFC and the NFL in total yards from scrimmage, with 871 on the season – 630 rushing yards and 241 receiving yards. The only guy who’s even close is Kansas City’s Jammal Charles, with 775. The NFC’s next-best, Chicago’s Matt Forte, is all the way back at 686.
  • Partially due to his quiet night against Washington, Dez Bryant has fallen off the pace set by Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. The Philadelphia speedster is setting the pace in the division with 589 receiving yards on 34 catches, with five touchdowns to go with it. Bryant has the same amount of catches and one more touchdown, but for 459 yards.
  • The division as a whole continues to boast plenty of premier pass-catchers. New York’s Victor Cruz and Washington’s Pierre Garcon are actually tied for the division lead in receptions , with 35. Cruz boasts 541 yards and four touchdowns, while Garcons has 408 yards and just two touchdowns. Jason Witten and New York’s Hakeem Nicks are also among the division leaders with 340 and 442 yards, respectively.
  •  Jason Hatcher and Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan are now tied for second in the NFC in sacks, with five apiece, after Hatcher notched two sacks of Robert Griffin III on Sunday. DeMarcus Ware was a non-factor in the game, but his sack tally of four remains second-best in the division. Philadelphia’s Connor Barwin, Washington’s Brian Orakpo and George Selvie all have three sacks.
  • Through six weeks, the Giants do not have a player with multiple sacks.
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