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1986 Philadelphia Eagles season

1986 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Buddy Ryan
Owner Norman Braman
Home field Veterans Stadium
Record 5–10–1
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1986 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 54th in the league. The team was unable to improve upon their previous output win total of seven. Instead, the team finished with five wins, ten losses and one tie.[1] This was the fifth consecutive season in which the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The season was coach Buddy Ryan's first with the team after serving as the defensive coordinator of the 1985 Chicago Bears, the team that won the Super Bowl in 1985.

Quarterback duties were split between 35-year old veteran Ron Jaworski (who started nine games in his final season with the team) and second-year quarterback Randall Cunningham. Veteran quarterback Matt Cavanaugh also started two games.[2] The Eagles' passing game struggled, with the third-fewest passing yards in the league (2,540), and the fewest yards-per-attempt (4.1).

The Eagles set dubious NFL records by giving up a record number of sacks (a still-standing NFL-record of 104) and yardage allowed on sacks (708). No other team in football history had ever given up more than 78 sacks or 554 yards on quarterback sacks.[3]The team gave up three-or-more sacks in every single game of the 1986 season, the only team in NFL history to do so.[4]

The lone highlights of the season came on the road. On October 5, the Birds entered Fulton County Stadium and shut out the previously-undefeated Atlanta Falcons, 16-0. then gained a comeback 33-27 OT win against the Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 30, the Eagles' first win over the club since the 1980 season and first-ever victory on the road against the Oakland/LA franchise.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [5] = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Position School
1 10 Keith Byars Running back Ohio State
2 37 Anthony Toney Running back Texas A&M
2 48 Alonzo Johnson Linebacker Florida
4 106 Matt Darwin Center Texas A&M
5 121 Ray Criswell Punter Florida
5 128 Dan McMillen Defensive end Colorado
6 149 Bob Landsee Center Wisconsin
7 169 Cornelius Redick Wide receiver Fullerton State
7 176 Byron Lee Linebacker Ohio State
7 * Charles Crawford Running back Oklahoma State
8 208 Seth Joyner Linebacker Texas-El Paso
9 233 Clyde Simmons Defensive end Western Carolina
10 261 Junior Tautalatasi Running back Washington State
11 288 Steve Bogdalek Guard Michigan State
12 315 Reggie Singletary Defensive end North Carolina State
12 325 Bobby Howard Running back Indiana
  • Supplemental pick


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 at Washington Redskins L 41–14
2 September 14, 1986 at Chicago Bears L 13–10
3 September 21, 1986 Denver Broncos L 33–7
4 September 28, 1986 Los Angeles Rams W 34–20
5 October 5, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons W 16–0
6 October 12, 1986 at New York Giants L 35–3
7 October 19, 1986 Dallas Cowboys L 17–14
8 October 26, 1986 San Diego Chargers W 23–7
9 November 2, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals L 13–10
10 November 9, 1986 New York Giants L 17–14
11 November 16, 1986 Detroit Lions L 13–11
12 November 23, 1986 at Seattle Seahawks L 24–20
13 November 30, 1986 at Los Angeles Raiders W 33–27
14 December 7, 1986 St. Louis Cardinals T 10–10
15 December 14, 1986 at Dallas Cowboys W 23–21
16 December 21, 1986 Washington Redskins L 21–14

Game summaries

Week 2: at Chicago Bears

1 2 34OTTotal
Eagles 3 0 07010
Bears 0 0 100313

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: Sunday, September 14
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 61°F, wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 65,130
Game information
First Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • CHI - Kevin Butler 23 yard field goal - Bears 13-10
  • Ron Jaworski
    18/30, 165 Yds, TD, 2 INT
  • Michael Haddix
    9 Rush, 34 Yds
  • Mike Quick
    5 Rec, 67 Yds, TD


Awards and honors

  • Keith Byars, Franchise record, most rushing yards by a rookie
  • Mike Quick, 1986 Pro Bowl selection


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