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Insane Stat Proves How Terrible Eagles' Pass Defense

Adam Taylor McKillop
This insane stat proves how terrible the Philadelphia Eagles' pass defense has been in 2021.
This insane stat proves how terrible the Philadelphia Eagles' pass defense has been in 2021. / Ethan Miller/GettyImages
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Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders had their way with the Philadelphia Eagles defense on Sunday, handing the Birds a 33-22 loss. It was another bad showing for Philadelphia's defense, which allowed nearly 450 yards of total offense and 323 through the air.

This marked the fourth time Philly's defense has allowed at least 350 yards of total offense and second time giving up 400+ yards.

A lot of blame can be handed to the Eagles' secondary, which has been historically bad this season. Philadelphia's secondary allows opposing quarterbacks to complete 74.4% of their passes thus far.

Eagles Pass Defense

That can be put in perspective by glancing at the NFL record books. The legendary Drew Brees owns the league's record for offensive passing competition percentage in a single season, completing exactly 74.4% of his passes during the 2018 season.

Ironically, Philadelphia's defense allows just 227.7 passing yards per game (11th-fewest). That's because the front seven has been equally bad. The Eagles surrender 133.0 yards per game on the ground, the fourth-highest mark in the league.


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