Eagles ruin Doug Pederson’s return by defeating the Jaguars 29-21

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 26-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Eagles and Jaguars matchup was exactly what it was expected to be. A true dog fight in the rough rain down in South Philly. The Jaguars started hot with a pick-six against the Eagles. Following that, Trevor Lawrence picked apart the Philadelphia defense and led the Jaguars down for a touchdown down drive which put Jacksonville ahead 14-0.

This was a true test for Philly. All season long they’ve been the team that’s led throughout but have never faced adversity like they faced today. Hurts and company brought the team back with two rushing touchdowns courtesy of Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders.

It was all on the defense to find their footing against Jacksonville as they forced several three-and-outs and a couple of turnovers as well. James Bradberry helped the Eagles keep the lead as he jumped a pass that was heading towards Christian Kirk for a big interception.

Although the Eagles’ offense couldn’t capitalize on it, Jake Elliot was able to extend the lead with a field goal in the 4th quarter. Within the first few minutes, the Eagles were able to extend their lead by 9 with a score of 23-14.

The Eagles defense continued to attack as Haason Reddick followed the field goal drive with a strip sack to get the ball back for the Eagles’ offense. The defense has done a phenomenal job of locking down opposing teams since week 1.

Fortunately, Philly’s offense responded with a huge touchdown run by Miles Sanders that was set up by a big 3rd down conversion pass by Jalen Hurts. The Eagles sealed the game on their end as the battle against Doug Pederson cosmetic to a close with the better team prevailing.

These Eagles stepped up

Philadelphia needed their run game to come through for them for this win and they did. Miles Sanders led the team with 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 5 yards per carry for Philadelphia in a game where they desperately needed to run the ball efficiently.

A.J. Brown led all receivers with 5 receptions for 95 yards while Dallas Goedert contributed to flourish with 5 receptions for 72 yards. The rain really limited the ability of Hurts today but the Eagles found a way to win even with the weather not on their side.

Haason Reddick sealed the game by coming through with a big strip sack right after the team’s offense turned the ball over on downs. Reddick finished the game with 2 strip sacks and 4 tackles. Philly’s defense limited a feisty Jaguars offense.

Philadelphia will now prepare to take on the Arizona Cardinals in week 5 at 4:25pm ET.

 AP Photo/Matt Slocum