The Minnesota Vikings gave it all they could with a 14-point lead late in the game, but the Eagles escaped with a 34-28 win Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The Eagles record their second win in as many games while the Vikings start their season without a win in two games.
Despite the poor performance in the first half offensively, Philadelphia was able to come out with 21 points in the final two quarters. The home defense was able to recover four loose balls from Minnesota, including three before halftime. Most notably, Justin Jefferson missed a 30-yarder in the end zone and out of bounds for a touchdown Touch the back Minnesota led 10-7 in the second quarter. The Vikings also dropped three punts in the first half during their first game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles were known for their success in ground games last season, and they found the recipe again on Thursday night. Running back D’Andre Swift dazzled with 175 yards and a touchdown in his debut in front of his new fans.
Jalen Hurts completed a touchdown pass, in addition to scoring two key touchdowns via a run. He had 193 yards. In total, the Eagles’ offense recorded 259 yards on the ground during the game with nearly 40 minutes of possession (39:28).
DeVonta Smith was Hurts’ favorite target. The star receiver scored a touchdown and had 131 of the Eagles’ 193 receiving yards. He accomplished it all on four receptions.
Philadelphia basketball player Jake Elliott also shined in the win with a successful 61-yard field goal. He tied his personal mark, a franchise record for the Eagles.
Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, tried everything in defeat. The quarterback recorded 364 passing yards, while throwing four touchdown passes, including two to tight end TJ Hockenson.
Jefferson had 159 receiving yards on 11 receptions. With this harvest, Jefferson became the second receiver in NFL history to surpass the 5,000-yard mark before turning 25. Another player who also achieved this feat is Randy Moss.
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