The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-21 in a thrilling Week Four matchup. The game occurred on a rainy and windy afternoon in South Philadelphia in which the Eagles had to overcome an early 14-0 deficit. Philadelphia is now 4-0. Here are the five biggest takeaways following the Week Four win.
The Eagles Ran The Ball Effectively
The weather was sloppy, so the running game had to be effective if the Eagles wanted to win. Jacksonville came into the game as the number one rushing defense, but Philadelphia found ways around it. Eagles running back Miles Sanders had one of the best games of his career. Sanders ran the ball 27 times for 134 yards (5 yards per attempt) and had two touchdowns. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over.
In total, the Eagles ran the ball 50 times for 210 yards compared to just 71 yards by Jacksonville. Jalen Hurts ran for 38 yards while Kenneth Gainwell and Trey Sermon ran for 19 each. It was Sermon’s debut which came in the absence of Boston Scott. Just like a year ago, the Eagles running game remains a strength of the team.
The Eagles Played Cleaner Football Despite The Challenges
The remnants of Hurricane Ian made for sloppy weather conditions all afternoon. Rain poured down and the winds were strong, so the team that made less mistakes was going to win. After a Jaguars three and out, Jalen Hurts threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the Eagles first drive. This put the Eagles in an early deficit that quickly became 14-0 in favor of Jacksonville. Luckily for the Eagles, they played clean football the rest of the way. Meanwhile the Jaguars turned it over five times.
Jalen Hurts was effective. He was 16/25 for 204 yards and the one interception. Hurts was not asked to do anything special because of the weather but he still outplayed Jaguars’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The Eagles Defensive Line Brought The Pressure
Philadelphia’s defensive line got after Trevor Lawrence all game long. This forced him to make mistakes which got the Eagles back into it. The Eagles defense forced four Trevor Lawrence fumbles. Haason Reddick had two himself. The Eagles also recorded an interception by James Bradberry which was his second of the season.
Injuries Are Something To Keep An Eye On
The Eagles put together a tough and resilient win on Sunday, but the biggest downside from the game was the injuries. Cornerback Darius Slay suffered a forearm injury, right guard Isaac Seumalo had an ankle injury, and Jordan Mailata suffered a shoulder injury. Eagles’ kicker Jake Elliott was also not used late in the game due to a possible injury. Hopefully the injuries are not serious, but that should be known soon.
The Eagles Have NFC East Competition
Going into the season, the NFC East was supposed to be the weakest division in football. This has not been the case so far. Philadelphia is 4-0 which remains the only undefeated record in the NFL. Dallas and New York are right behind at 3-1. Washington is a 1-3 with two NFC East losses. The Eagles have a division win under their belt over the Commanders, but the matchups vs the Cowboys and Giants will be huge.
The Eagles had quite an impressive win on Sunday despite the challenges. A Doug Pederson coached Jaguars team was not an easy matchup. Philadelphia minimized the mistakes while forcing multiple turnovers to remain a perfect 4-0 record. The Eagles will travel to Arizona next week to take on the 2-2 Cardinals.