Owens: Eagles Lights Out In 2nd Half
By Mike Owens, Jim Schwartz must be flipping tables during halftime this season. It’s got to be the only logical reason for why the Eagles come out of the locker room with fire coming out of their asses. Seriously, this team plays completely different over the final 30 minutes. Let’s look at some crazy stats provided by the Eagles in their Game Notes for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys. The Eagles are outscoring opponents 86-26 (+60) in the second half of games in 2016, including 60-6 (+54) in the third quarter. Overall, Philadelphia has outscored opponents 156-88 (+68) this season and currently leads the NFL in average point differential (+11.3). The Eagles’ +68 point differential in 2016 is the team’s largest through the first six games of the season since 2004 (+77). Week 1 (Browns): Leading 13-10 early in the second half, the Eagles scored the final 16 points of the game. Week 2 (Bears): After settling for three field goals in the first half, Philly explodes for 13 points in the third quarter. Week 3 (Steelers): This has been the most impressive third quarter by the Eagles. Carson Wentz reiterated that he’s for real when he eluded pressure and lofted a 73-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles. The Birds added two rushing scores to cap a 21-0 third frame. Week 5 (Lions): Down 21-10 at the half, Wentz and the Eagles score 13 straight points to take the lead. But Ryan Mathews’ late fumble results in a game-winning field goal for the Lions. Week 6 (Redskins): This has been the worst second half from the Birds. Despite sticking around, the Eagles got run over by Matt Jones. Each team ended with two field goals over the final 30 minutes. Week 7 (Vikings): Following five straight turnovers to start the game, Philly took an 11-3 lead into the half. Wentz made plenty of rookie mistakes but made up for it with some athletic plays, including improvising on fumbled snaps. His 5-yard TD pass to DGB was the lone score of the third quarter. Doug Pederson has been rounding out the wins (and loses) with some powerful speeches.