More sacks on third down than first and second combined? Guess again ...
Face it first and second downs are for running the ball and play action. Third down is for letting it rip.
The reality is that while more sacks are registered on third down, there are a ton of quarterback drops on first and second down.
Last season there was a total of 654 sacks on first and second downs compared to 426 sacks on fourth down. Thirty-two percent of the total sacks were on first down, 27 percent on second down, 38.7 percent on third down and 1.9 percent on fourth down.
This year teams have notched 52 sacks on first down, 64 on second down, 73 on third down and 2 on fourth down.
The Eagles numbers mirror the above figures.
Last year the Eagles registered 12 sacks on first down, 13 on second down, 17 on third down and 2 on fourth down.
So far this year the Eagles have 4 sacks on first down, 5 on second and 3 on third down.