With Murray Out, Mathews and Sproles Steal the Show
It was a little bit of a surprise, considering it was reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Sunday morning that Murray was fully expected to play and unlikely to have his snaps monitored in the game vs. the Jets.
"He tried pregame and just couldn't go," is all Eagles head coach Chip Kelly would offer on Murray in the post game press conference.
In Murray's absence, Ryan Mathews rushed 25 times for 108 yards and caught two 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards and a touchdown.
"Give him, credit — I like his style in terms of how it fits with what we're doing," head coach Chip Kelly said about Mathews. "They've got some big bodies up front, so we had to try to get outside a little bit more, run a little bit more outside zone.
"He's a real decisive, one-cut runner. Stick his foot in the ground and go. You're going to have to run through some arm tackles, and he did. He's got some size to go with his explosion. You've got to be physical through there, and he was really physical today running the football."
Darren Sproles also provided a spark while he only rushed 11 times for 17 yards, he did add a one-yard touchdown and caught 4-of-6 targets for 19 yards, but the big play of the game with his 89-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"I think it gave us a spark," Sproles said. "It's what we needed.
"There's so many different things he can do," Kelly explained. "Not only his ability to change the game as a returner, also as a running back. Didn't hesitate at the half-yard line to give the ball to him. I think a lot of people ask why you're giving the ball to him there, but he's got a knack for finding his way through. And he's such a weapon coming out of the backfield."
Right guard Andrew Gardner sustained a notable injury for Philadelphia leaving the game with a foot injury. He was ruled done for the day at halftime and left the locker room wearing a boot and on crutches.