The Philadelphia Eagles entered their contest against the Denver Broncos as one-point underdogs on the road, but Jalen Hurts and company silenced the roaring Mile High crowd, dominating from start to finish to walk away with a 30-13 win.
The Broncos nearly tied the game at the end of the third quarter, but a scoop-and-score from Darius Slay put his team up 14, which immediately took the life out of the Denver offense.
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Outside of an ill-advised, underthrown ball, Jalen Hurts commanded a great offensive attack. He completed 69% of his passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, with only 38% of his yards coming after the catch. Hurts' outing was far different than Bridgewater's, as both his touchdown passes and over half his yards came on passes beyond 10 yards.
Hurts also proved to be an issue running the ball. He handled 11 carries (excluding kneel-downs) for 50 yards, with two attempts gaining over 10 yards.
Jalen Hurts Clean Pocket vs. Pressure
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Jordan Howard and Boston Scott split carries at running back and proved to be a deadly one-two punch behind Hurts. They each averaged roughly seven yards per carry and combined for nine first downs and six explosive carries. Scott also helped out as a receiver, catching two passes for 24 yards and one first down.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The Hurts-DeVonta Smith connection was strong in this game, as his first two targets went for touchdowns, including a highlight-reel grab over his former Alabama teammate in the endzone for a 36-yard score. Smith finished the game with four receptions for 66 yards and an average depth of target over 17 yards downfield.
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Dallas Goedert caught two passes for 28 yards in the first half before exiting the game with a concussion.
The Eagles' offensive line played one of its best games of the season in pass protection, combining to allow just four pressures while earning an 86.0 team pass-blocking grade on first review. Three offensive linemen graded above 75.0 on pass-blocking snaps.
The group didn’t perform nearly as well in the ground game, but the Eagles' rushers managed 76 yards before contact and eight explosive runs.
The Eagles' pass rush started slow but came alive in the second half, with the unit combining for 16 pressures — led by Fletcher Cox with five. Derek Barnett created four pressures and brought down Bridgewater for the team's lone sack of the game.
Javon Hargrave beat his defender three times and won on 22.2% of his pass-rush snaps to earn the highest pass-rush grade on the team, pending review.
|Player||Sacks||QB Hits||Beat Defender||Pressure Rate|
Davion Taylor earned an elite defensive grade on first review, mostly due to his performance against the run. He created two defensive stops and forced a fumble on fourth down that was ultimately brought back for a touchdown.
T.J. Edwards didn’t have the same success, recording more negatively graded plays against the run than positive ones. He’ll likely earn a sub-50.0 defensive grade for his performance.
Darius Slay made arguably the game-sealing play, picking up a loose ball and going 82 yards for a scoop-and-score touchdown to put the Eagles up 14. Slay enjoyed similar success in coverage, allowing one reception for negative yardage to complement a pending 72.5 overall grade.
Anthony Harris gave up three receptions for 34 yards but led the unit with two defensive stops to earn the highest coverage grade on the team on first review.
Teddy Bridgewater was his usual, conservative self under center. He completed just three passes beyond 10 yards. He prioritized getting the ball out quick, evidenced by his 2.23-second average time to throw and 7.6-yard average depth of target. Bridgewater also tallied zero big-time throws and at least one turnover-worthy play for the first time this season.
Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams were efficient with the ball in their hands until Gordon coughed up the rock on fourth down — a fumble that the Eagles returned for a score. Both backs nearly averaged over five yards per carry, with Gordon scoring a first-half touchdown from one yard out.
|Melvin Gordon III||9||46||28||33.3%|
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
It was a big day for Denver's tight ends — both Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam went for over 50 yards in the game. Okwuegbunam was at the center of the longest play of the day by maneuvering his way around the defense for a 64-yard catch-and-run to set up a field goal.
Jerry Jeudy led the receivers with six receptions for 48 yards. But over half those yards came on the final drive with Denver down by 17.
Bridgewater didn’t get much protection from his offensive line, as all five linemen conceded at least three pressures in the game. Dalton Risner allowed a team-high four pressures and was responsible for five of Denver’s eight total losses in pass protection. He earned the lowest pass-blocking grade on the team on first review.
|Player||Pass-Blocking Snaps||QB Hits Allowed||Beaten by Defender||Pressure Rate|
|Lloyd Cushenberry III||38||0||1||7.9%|
Dre’Mont Jones earned an elite pass-rush grade after tallying one sack and two pressures on 22 pass-rush snaps. Jones also played admirably against the run, forcing two defensive stops and two tackles for loss or no gain. He’s the only member of the defensive line to receive an overall grade above 76.0 on first review.
Kenny Young played nearly every defensive snap and led the unit with five tackles and one defensive stop. Young struggled to keep up in coverage, allowing four receptions for 45 yards and three first downs.
Outside of the two touchdown passes allowed by Patrick Surtain II and Kyle Fuller, the Broncos' secondary held up well in coverage. Justin Simmons didn’t allow a reception and intercepted Hurts.
The defensive backs were responsible for 129 yards but combined for four defensive stops against the pass. Ronald Darby gave up four receptions for 40 yards and three first downs.
|Player||Coverage snaps||Targets||YPR||Passer Rating|
|Patrick Surtain II||25||3||23.5||149.3|