After coming off a close loss to the Chargers, the Eagles bounced back against the Denver Broncos in a big way over the weekend. Philadelphia won this game by double digits, as the score was 30-13. The Eagles made a lot of explosive offensive plays during this game and the Philadelphia defense held strong for all four quarters. Furthermore, this was one of the more complete games that the Eagles have played all season. This article will give a game recap on the Philadelphia Eagles Week 10 game against the Denver Broncos.
Devonta Smith had an impressive showing
Devonta Smith started the season off a little slow at the very beginning, as he was getting adjusted to the NFL as a rookie. Smith has really come on in recent weeks and has brought a lot of production to this Eagles offense. This game against Denver might be one of his most impressive showings yet.
He was targeted six times and came away with 66 yards receiving and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was a 36-yard pass from Jalen Hurts that was right on the money. Smith showed his athleticism, as he fought off the defender in the air to come up with the catch in bounds in the end zone. His second touchdown was a five-yard pass in the end zone. Smith ran a nice crossing route and made the easy reception. The Eagles wide receiver needs to keep this momentum going, as he is going to be relied upon to be the Eagles’ main receiver moving forward.
The running backs have really stepped up
As surprising as this sounds, the rushing attack has been ten times better without Miles Sanders in the lineup. This duo of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott has been deadly to opposing defenses. They put on another great performance against Denver this week.
Both Scott and Howard had over 80 yards rushing on the day. Scott used his speed and elusiveness to get past the opposing defensive line. He broke off multiple long runs in this game to put the Eagles in scoring position. Howard on the other hand did about the same as Scott, but he used his speed and strength to break off the big runs. Jalen Hurts should also be mentioned, as he had 53 yards rushing. Hurts looked quick the whole game and even broke off the longest run of the game for the Eagles, which was for 31 yards. As a whole Philadelphia had 214 rushing yards rushing and averaged 5.4 yards a carry. This is much improved from earlier in the season, where there rushing attack was nonexistent.
Defense and special teams came up big for Philadelphia
The Eagle’s defense has really played well recently. They are making key stops and are preventing teams from scoring touchdowns. Denver was held to one touchdown during game, as they were forced to punt several times. Furthermore, the Eagles also managed to score points on defense in this game. Darius Slay recovered a fumble and returned it for 83 yards. That was one of the more spectacular plays of the Eagles season thus far.
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Not only did the Eagles play well defensively, but they also made a play on special teams. K’von Wallace blocked a Brian McManus 22-yard field goal attempt to prevent the Broncos from putting points on the board.
Every aspect of the Eagles game has been much improved over the past few weeks. They have found a formula to win, which is running more to set up better opportunities when they do need to pass the ball. The defense has not really changed player-wise; they are just hot and making plays. Philadelphia has the Saints next week at home. This is a winnable game for them and could put them into the conversation as a dark horse playoff team if they can keep winning. This concludes this Philadelphia Eagles Week 10 game recap.
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