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The Philadelphia Eagles are set to showdown with the Minnesota Vikings in a slug fest for the rights to go to the Super Bowl. Throughout researching the game for the Locked On Eagles podcast, I’ve come across a number of interesting stats and tendencies that you, gentle reader, may or may not be aware. With that in mind, here are twenty-eight random yet interesting factoids and stats about the upcoming NFC Championship Game.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  1. WR Adam Thielen is 2nd in the NFL in 3rd down targets (55), receptions (33), yards (428), and 1st downs (25).
  2. QB Case Keenum passes from play action at the 2nd highest rate out of QBs that have taken 50% of their teams snaps.
  3. Defense ranks 3rd in creating turnovers on 3rd down and 1-4 yards.
  4. Defense ranks 1st in the league in least allowed runs over 10 yards (20).
  5. Defense allows 2.9 yards per carry at home, 4.3 yards per carry on the road.
  6. Offense has the 2nd most rushing attempts for zero/negative yards.
  7. Case Keenum had a playoff low 5.1 QB Rating against pressure against the New Orleans Saints.
  8. Case Keenum evades sacks on passing plays where he is pressured at the 2nd highest percentage.
  9. Offense is 1 for 7 on 4th down conversions.
  10. Defensive 3rd down conversion rate (25%) is the stingiest since the stat has been recorded.
  11. Defense allows 13.8ppg at home (2nd), 19.0ppg on the road (7th).
  12. Vikings rank 2 in Time of Possession (32:29).
  13. Offense ranks 2nd in rushing attempts per game (31.2).
  14. Run game ranks 23rd in yards per carry (3.9).

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  1. Defense created 27 more pressures than any other defense.
  2. Offense ranks 1st in the league in runs over 10 yards (66).
  3. Offensive 3rd down conversion rate on 3rd and +7 fell from 34% with Carson Wentz as the starter to 17% with Foles as the starter.
  4. Offense has converted 17 of 26 4th down conversions in the regular season. 1 of 1 in the postseason.
  5. After 9 failed 4th down conversions, Eagles opponents have scored 0 points on the ensuing drive.
  6. Run game ranks 1st in the league in runs over 10 yards (66).
  7. Nick Foles’ 13.8 QB Rating on deep passes (+20 yards in the air) ranks worst out of all starters in 2017.
  8. Defense allows the 5th (t-JAC) least amount of chunk plays in the passing game (over 20 yards).
  9. Nelson Agholor is tied with TE Zach Ertz for a team high in red zone targets (18).
  10. Offensive line allowed the least pressures (7) in the Divisional Playoff round.
  11. Nick Foles shortened his “time to throw” by .5 seconds from weeks 15-17 to the Divisional Playoff game with the Falcons.
  12. Run game averages 6.5 yards per carry on “trap” concepts and run it the most in the league.
  13. Nick Foles is completing 63% with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in the red zone.
  14. Eagles ranks 1st in Time of Possession (32:39).

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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