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NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - INSIDE SLANT
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the league in scoring and total offense despite the fact that they have not gotten a lot of production from their wide receivers.
Jeremy Maclin, who has both of those touchdown catches, has been targeted 21 times, but has just eight receptions. He's been open often, but quarterback Nick Foles has been slow to find him.
Foles has completed 48 passes for 653 yards in the Eagles' first two games - both victories. But 31 of those 48 completions and 408 of those 653 yards have been to tight ends and running backs, including Darren Sproles, who had a career-high 152 receiving yards in the win over the Colts.
Maclin and the rest of the wideouts had just six receptions against the Colts.
"I just think it was one of those days where that was what was going," Maclin said. "We had opportunities on our side. I know I did. What did I have - 11 targets or something like that? But we just didn't hit.
"It's my job to get that fixed. The running backs and tight ends were clicking though."
Head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur don't seem to be too concerned about the uneven pass-catching distribution.
"It's not alarming to me," Kelly said. "We don't care where the production comes from. You get 460 yards in offense (against the Colts) and score 30 points. ... it's enough for us to win, so we're happy with it."
SERIES HISTORY: 158th regular-season meeting. Redskins lead series, 80-72-5, but the Eagles are 40-37-3 against the Redskins in Philadelphia. The Eagles won both meetings with Washington last season on their way to the NFC East title.
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - NOTES, QUOTES
--In their first two games, the Eagles and their tempo offense have gotten a play off an average of every 22.2 seconds. That's nearly two seconds faster than last year's league-best pace of a play every 24.0 seconds. Center Jason Kelce credited the officials in the first two games for setting the ball quickly.
"Both games so far the officials have done a good job of getting the ball set and letting us play with the tempo we want to play with," Kelce said.
--The Eagles, who had just 37 sacks last season, only have three in the first two games. They didn't have any in Monday night's 30-27 come-from-behind road win over the Indianapolis Colts. But defensive coordinator Bill Davis said he is not disappointed with the team's pass rush in the first two games.
Said Davis: I felt like we had good pressure on them (the Colts). They ran a lot more than they threw. When they threw, (quarterback Andrew) Luck did not have a clean throwing lane very often. He made some great throws when he was being smothered by guys. The sack number wasn't there, but people put way too much emphasis on the sack number as opposed to moving (the quarterback) off his spot, putting them under duress, all those things. I wasn't disappointed at all in the pass rush. I thought we had good pressure the other night."
--The Eagles are getting nothing from their rookie first-round linebacker, Marcus Smith. Smith, the 26th player taken in the draft, was active in Week 1 but didn't play. He was inactive for Monday night's game against Indianapolis. And he likely will be inactive again this week against Washington.
"Right now, Brandon (Graham) is the third outside linebacker," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "So Marcus is a guy on the team that's scrapping to break into the starting lineup. Just the total number of (players) who we're going to have active that day, he didn't fit in."