It was an all-around dominant performance for the Eagles as they dismantled the Denver Broncos 51-23. Philadelphia controlled the game at both ends, limiting the Broncos to just nine points through three quarters while putting up a season high in total points on offense.
Quarterback Carson Wentz finished 14-27 for 199 yards and for the third time this season threw four touchdowns. Wentz sat out the entire fourth quarter with the Eagles securely on top.
Running back Jay Ajayi made a heck of a debut in front of the fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Ajayi put the finishing touches on a dominant first half with his first touchdown as an Eagle on a 46-yard rushing score that brought the crowd to their feet. He led all rushers with 77 yards on the ground.
Rookie running back Corey Clement turned heads Sunday leading all Eagles with three touchdowns (one receiving, two rushing). Alshon Jeffery led all receivers with 84 yards on six catches and two touchdowns. Tight end Trey Burton filled in for the injured Zach Ertz, pulling in 41 yards and a touchdown.
With the victory, the Eagles make it seven consecutive wins and improve to an NFL best 8-1 on the season.
"It's just a matter of winning the week and for us to be 8-1 right now, it's a tremendous credit to the guys and coaches in the locker room," head coach Doug Pederson said after the win. "Hats off to those guys for the way they work, the way they practice, and prepare. And standing here looking back at it, I'm not surprised by the way they work."
The Broncos took the early 3-0 lead that would be their last. After faking a handoff to Ajayi, Wentz made a running throw to Jeffery along the sideline for a 32-yard touchdown with 6:30 to go in the first. Jeffery faked out Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib at the line of scrimmage before beating him over the top for the score. Kicker Jake Elliott tacked on a 45-yarder on the next drive to put Philadelphia up 10-3.
Thanks to the defense, the offense would again find themselves in scoring territory. Cornerback Patrick Robinson intercepted quarterback Brock Osweiler at the Denver 32 and returned it to the Denver 15. Rookie running back Corey Clement darted up the middle for Philadelphia's second touchdown of the afternoon on a short 15-yard dime from Wentz to put the Eagles up 17-3. Tight end Trey Burton added to the lead midway through the second on a 27-yard touchdown reception from Wentz.
The third quarter began with the offense, as Clement scored his second touchdown of the day. This time Clement was on the ground for a short 2-yard score. The defense continued their strong play forcing turnovers. This time, Rodney McLeod picked off an Osweiler pass at the Philadelphia 39 and hauled it just outside the Denver 10. When the offense took the field, Wentz spotted a wide open Jeffery near the back of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown to end the third quarter.
The Broncos scored their first two touchdowns in the final quarter but the game was already out of reach. Clement scored the final points on a touchdown run up the middle late in the quarter.
The Eagles will enjoy the Week 10 Bye before they head to AT&T Station to play the Dallas Cowboys November 19.
Carson Wentz: 15-27, 199 yards, 4 TD
Brock Osweiler: 17-33, 193 yards, 2 INT
Alshon Jeffery: 6 catches, 84 yards, 2 TD
Trey Burton: 2 catches, 41 yards, TD
Corey Clement: 15 yards, TD
Demaryius Thomas: 8 catches, 70 yards, TD
Jay Ajayi: 8 carries, 77 yards, TD
Corey Clement: 12 carries, 51 yards, 2 TD
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Denver Broncos, 51-23, at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are now 8-1 heading into the bye week.