BITTER BIRDS
Owens: It's All About The TOP
By Mike Owens, The Eagles finished last in time of possession during Chip Kelly's three seasons as head coach. Well, Doug Pederson is giving Chip the middle finger by showing him that time of possession does matter. In fact, Pederson is taking advantage of the TOP stat so much that it's become a weapon of mass destruction for the Eagles. The Birds have dominated time of possession in almost all of their five wins this season: 39:20 (Browns) – 0 turnovers and 1 caused 36.05 (Bears) – 0 turnovers and 3 caused 34.56 (Steelers) – 0 turnovers and 2 caused 27.52 (Vikings) – 4 turnovers and 4 caused 38.10 (Falcons) – 1 turnover and 1 caused +6 turnover differential Here's a look at time of possession in each of the four defeats this season: 29.36 (Lions) – 2 turnovers and 1 caused 25.47 (Redskins) – 0 turnovers and 1 caused 33.15 (Cowboys) – 1 turnover and 1 caused 32.40 (Giants) – 2 turnovers and 2 caused 0 turnover differential The Eagles rank 2nd in the NFL in time of possession (32:28), trailing only Dallas (33:13). Philadelphia leads the NFL in second-half time of possession (17:44).