Eagles Are Best Team In This Stat Through 14 Games In Last 20 Years

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The Philadelphia Eagles proved once again in Week 14 why they are one of the best teams in the NFL. Even though they weren’t playing at their best against the Chicago Bears, they were still able to pull out the victory, winning 25-20.

It was an uncharacteristic game for the offense. They moved the ball with ease against an underwhelming Bears defense, gaining 421 yards of total offense. However, they turned the ball over three times in the game, their second-highest total of the season. Four is their season-high, which came against the Washington Commanders in their only loss of the year.

Unlike that night against the Commanders, the Eagles’ defense was able to step up despite being put in some precocious positions. They held Chicago to only 248 total yards of offense despite some heroics from Justin Fields and David Montgomery on the ground, as they combined for 148 rushing yards.

Where the Eagles made their presence felt was in the passing game. They overwhelmed the Bears’ offensive line, leaving Fields scrambling for dear life on multiple occasions. The pressure all afternoon was relentless as Philadelphia picked up six sacks in the game; two apiece for Hassan Reddick, Josh Sweat and Javon Hargrave.

Getting after the quarterback is something that the Eagles have done well all season. Just how impressive has their pressure been? According to NFL on CBS, the 55 sacks that they have piled up are the most through 14 games in the last 20 years. 

They are one ahead of the San Diego Chargers, who had 54 in 2006 through 14 games and were led by Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips on the edge. Rounding out the top five are the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 with 53, Baltimore Ravens with 52 in 2006 and the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars with 51.

The pass-rushing depth that the Eagles have this season is truly astounding. This could be a record-setting group as no team in NFL history has ever had four players record 10+ sacks in a season. 

Philadelphia already has two in Reddick and Hargrave, who have 12.5 and 10 respectively. Sweat is only 0.5 away and Brandon Graham is 1.5 away from reaching double-digits as well. Fletcher Cox has 6.0 of his own as the Eagles can come at you from multiple angles when it comes to rushing the passer. 

Veterans Ndamukong Suh and Robert Quinn, late-season additions from free agency and trade, respectively, add even more depth to what is arguably the most daunting pass rush to face in the league this season. It is certainly a tall task, but not outside of the realm of possibilities given how they have performed, for the Eagles to approach the all-time sack total of 72 set by the Bears in 1984.