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Eagles Hold Early Lead Vs. Jets


The Eagles traveled to New York to face the Jets in Week 3 of the regular season. View the full gallery here...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On a cloudy Sunday, the Eagles began their Week 3 game without a number of key contributors. The team is without DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendrics, Josh Huff, Cedric Thornton and Taylor Hart. Right now the injury bug has bitten the Eagles, but they aren't letting that determine how they play. As the first quarter came to a close, the Eagles currently lead the Jets 3-0 in the Meadowlands.

The Eagles started strong on defense, forcing the Jets into an immediate three-and-out. Defensive end Brandon Bair made the first start of his career, filling in for injured teammates Thornton and Hart. He was credited with a tackle on the opening drive.

With such a quick start on defense, the Eagles' offense took the field less than three minutes into the game. The team moved down the field with speed, much in part due to running back Ryan Mathews. With Murray out of the lineup and recent struggles with the run game, his play would be a defining point.

Beginning from the 29-yard line, Mathews carried the ball twice for 33 yards. His longest run, 27 yards, came on a first down from the Philadelphia 39-yard line. From there, quarterback Sam Bradford completed a pass to wide receiver Jordan Matthews, picking up another 17 yards. Between Mathews and Darren Sproles, the team successfully ran the ball within the 10-yard line, an improvement from weeks past. The Eagles settled for a 30-yard Cody Parkey field goal and put up the first points of the game.

With the lead, the Eagles' defense stood tall once again. It held quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and his Jets offense scoreless on their second drive of the afternoon. The New York punt was downed at the 2-yard line.

Bradford and Co. overcame a delay of game penalty and picked up the first down with a Sproles catch-and-run for 9 yards. Shortly thereafter, the team found itself in a third-and-13 situation. Another big defensive stop left the Jets scoreless in the final minutes of the first. The Eagles will begin the second quarter with possession of the ball at their own 14-yard line.

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