Dave Weinberg’s Saints-Eagles 2-Minute Drill
Dave Weinberg takes a quick look at the Eagles surprising win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Eagles' best number: 221 (combined rushing yards by Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts)
Eagles' worst number: 291 (Taysom Hill's passing yards)
View from my living room:
I got in a 22-mile bike ride Sunday afternoon, but I missed a gorgeous sunset at the Cove because of the 4:30 p.m. kickoff.
1. Eagles running back Miles Sanders (115 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
2. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (273 combined yards)
3. Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (2 sacks, including strip sack)
The game wasn't decided until the final minutes, when the Eagles managed to recover an onsides kick and were able to then run out the clock.
Eagles' best play
Sanders bolted into the clear, broke a tackle by former teammate Malcolm Jenkins with a stiff-arm, then raced to the end zone for an 82-yard touchdown. It was the fourth-longest TD run in franchise history and longest since Brian Mitchell's 85-yarder against Atlanta in 2000.
Eagles' worst play
Place-kicker Jake Elliott continued to struggle. His 22-yard field goal attempt caromed near the end of the first half caromed off the left upright and nearly proved to be a costly mistake.
Did you notice?
The Eagles lost three-fourths of their secondary - cornerbacks Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox, and safety Rodney McLeod - with injuries during the game. ... Prior to Sunday, the Saints had not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 56 games, the longest current streak in the NFL. Sanders and Hurts both ran for over 100. ... According to Fox Sports, Hurts was the second quarterback to beat a team with a least nine straight wins in his debut. The first was Ron Jaworski for the Los Angeles Rams in 1975. ... Alshon Jeffery caught his first TD pass of the season. It was his only reception. ... Hurts lost a fumble late in the game that led to a Saints TD. ... Saints place-kicker Wil Lutz missed two field goals.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson, on Hurts' performance: "This was not about one player. I'm proud of the whole team. We've dealt with a lot of stuff and they've shown great resiliency."
Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, on the loss: "It's hard to generate momentum when you're not playing well."
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