Since the start of the season, the Eagles' offense has been the missing piece of the puzzle. Today, it finally came alive, totaling 519 yards of offense in the team's 39-17 win over New Orleans.
Early in the game, two red zone interceptions could have been the beginning of the end for Philadelphia, but the team stayed mentally tough. The first points of the game went to New Orleans, after quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Benjamin Watson connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass. But, the Eagles were quick to strike back in the second quarter. Josh Huff notched the first receiving touchdown of his career, moving the ball 41 yards down the field and flipping into to the end zone for six.
The Eagles kicked a field goal with seconds remaining in the half, taking a 10-7 lead. And, after allowing a field goal to New Orleans on the opening drive of the second half, the team's offense took off.
Throughout the game, quarterback Sam Bradford completed 32-of-45 passes for 333 yards and the ball was spread around the field. The team saw touchdowns from the aforementioned Huff, tight end Brent Celek and running backs Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray on the ground. In terms of receiving yards, Huff led the way with 78, followed by Zach Ertz's 60 yards and Celek and Jordan Matthews each had 44 yards on the afternoon.
The team's three-headed monster also had a breakout game. Mathews, Murray and Darren Sproles rushed for a combined 183 yards. Murray accumulated 83, Mathews gained 73 and Sproles made up the additional 27.
Kicker Caleb Sturgis was 4-of-4 on field goals, adding to the Eagles lead.
However, without the attack of the defense, this explosive offensive may have never come to fruition for the Eagles. Fletcher Cox had a career day, sacking Brees three times, forcing two fumbles and recovering one. His other forced fumble was recovered by rookie Jordan Hicks, who has recovered three in the past four weeks. He's the first Eagles rookie with three fumble recoveries in a season since safety Michael Lewis in 2002. Bennie Logan and Bryan Braman also notched a sack each on the quarterback and in the fourth, linebacker DeMeco Ryans forced Brees to fumble yet again. That fumble was recovered by Byron Maxwell.
Late in the game, Walter Thurmond intercepted the quarterback for the Saints' fourth turnover of the day. He ran it back 44 yards to the 4-yard line, ultimately setting up Murray's touchdown run.
The game proved to be exactly what the Eagles needed to get back on track. Now sitting at 2-3, the team will look to build off this momentum next week when it plays the Giants on Monday Night Football.
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