PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Joe Webb’s name had been uttered as if it were a curse days after the NFL announced that the Eagles’ game against the Washington soccer team was postponed from Sunday to Tuesday.
Webb, who was a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was pushed into action against the Eagles in a rescheduled game that took place on a Tuesday night in 2010 and led the Vikings to a victory, shocking fans of Philly at Lincoln Financial Field and everywhere.
Almost 11 years later, the Eagles found themselves in a similar predicament early on Tuesday – facing a 10-point deficit to emergency quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
But, in the end, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Miles Sanders didn’t want to let history repeat itself. Sanders rushed for a career-high 131 yards on 18 carries in the Eagles’ 27-17 win. The Eagles, who improved to 7-7, ran for 238 yards.
Sanders had success against the Washington defense, which was ranked fifth in the league against the pre-game running, because he was patient – letting the holes open and using a stuttering pitch to let the lineman will open the tricks. He became the first Eagles player to play in consecutive 100-yard rushing games since LeSean McCoy in 2014.
Here are some other observations from Tuesday night’s victory:
Jalen Hurts rallied behind his return
Hurts, after missing out on a win over the Jets, seemed slow at first, making a fumble that Washington recovered and throwing his first two passes off target. His interception was not his fault, coming on an abandoned pass by tight end Dallas Goedert who kicked his foot and was caught by safety Landon Collins.
The injuries improved as the game progressed, shaking off some of the rust he had accumulated after being out for almost two weeks. Hurts finished the day completing 20 of 26 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns on a pair of 1-yard sneaks.
His back touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Ward was a well-placed ball that put the game aside.
Turnovers plague the Eagles early
The Eagles finished their first two discs with turnovers, starting with Goedert’s downfall. Then Hurts fumbled around, slipping into the pocket, casually carrying the ball with one hand. When he came on the sidelines after the turnaround, he was berated by head coach Nick Sirianni.
The Eagles will find themselves in a similar predicament on Sunday against the Giants, who will use a backup quarterback, with several key players such as wide receiver Kadarius Toney and defensive back Adoree Jackson could miss the game.
Fletcher Cox takes advantage of Brandon Scherff’s absence
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had his best game of the season on Tuesday, with two sacks and constant pressure. Cox took advantage of the absence of right guard Brandon Scherff, who was on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. Cox filled holes in the running game and used some pass-rush moves and his strength to rush towards the quarterback.
Eagles try to ‘freeze’ their way to two points
After Hurts scored his first rushed touchdown in the second quarter, the Eagles lined up as if they were aiming for a two-point conversion, but instead trying to draw the defense offside. Washington did not fall for the trap. If they had, the Eagles could have attempted the conversion of the 1-yard line, instead of the 2.
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