The Eagles faced the New Orleans Saints this past weekend at home. This is a game where the Eagles relied on the rushing attack again and had lots of success doing it. This was impressive because the Saints touted the best rushing defense in the league. Miles Sanders also had an impressive return in this game. The Eagles won this matchup 40-29, which marks their second straight win. This win was also marked Nick Sirianni’s first home win in front of the Philadelphia faithful. Here is a recap of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 11 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Eagles’ rushing attack
The Eagles won this game through their newly found rushing attack that they have shown the past few weeks. This game featured the return of Miles Sanders and, boy, did he impress. He was just shy of rushing for 100 yards in this game, which none of the Eagles running backs have been able to accomplish so far this year. Sanders looked fast and had fantastic vision to find holes in a stout New Orleans defense. He averaged 5.9 yards a carry, with his longest rush being for 25 yards. The Eagles running back did show some rust, which was expected. He had trouble holding on to the ball at points. He fumbled the ball in their own territory which resulted in a short field and a Saints touchdown. This was really the only mistake he made the entire game.
Jordan Howard also a played a huge role in this game. He had ten carries for 63 yards. He looked as strong and fast as usual in this game. Howard averaged 6.3 yards a carry, with his longest run being for 18 yards. The Eagles finished this game with a season high 242 total rushing yards.
Jalen Hurts had a nice game
Jalen Hurts again did not have to rely on his arm the whole game, which does wonders for this Eagles offense. He did have nice game in the passing attack though. Hurts completed 13 of his 24 passes and had 147 yards through the air. Furthermore, he avoided the interception during this game, which was great to see out of Hurts.
His best quality is his ability to be a running quarterback. He had three rushing touchdowns in this game. He looked fast and efficient throughout the game and got behind his blockers when he ran. Hurts did however take three sacks on this game. Sometimes he does try to do too much trying to find an open receiver. He needs to do a better job at getting the ball out of his hands a little quicker to avoid these sacks. Overall Hurts is slowly proving his doubters wrong, as he has shown he can have success in the NFL.
The Eagles’ Defense
The star for the Eagles on defense was T.J. Edwards, who has really shown a lot of good things for the Eagles these past few weeks. Edwards had ten total tackles with seven of them being solo. He also had one tackle for a loss and two pass deflections in this game. Edwards also got involved in the turnover department, as he managed to pick off a Trevor Siemian pass.
Darius Slay with the house call ☎️
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Darius Slay also made some things happen in this game. He managed to get his third defensive touchdown of the season. This time it was a pick six. He read the play perfectly and jumped the receivers route and ran it back 50 yards into the end zone. Overall, the Eagles were good defensively the whole game. They did let the Saints almost crawl back into the game at the end, but the Eagles fought them off nicely.