The Eagles secured their second straight victory of the preseason in a wild 38-31 win over the Miami Dolphins. The turnover-filled, high-scoring contest saw nine total touchdowns, seven turnovers, and 18 penalties.
The Eagles' defense went to work early as defensive end Vinny Curry forced a sack-fumble on Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler which was recovered by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on the Dolphins' first drive. On the Eagles' first offensive possession, Torrey Smith made his first catch as an Eagle a memorable one, as quarterback Carson Wentz found Smith deep along the right seam for a 50-yard touchdown.
"It was great to do it here, to do it in front of the fans," Wentz said. "The fans get really excited about that so that's really cool. Like I said all along I felt really confident in our chemistry with those guys going back to the spring but to finally do it in a game like situation is really good to see."
The hectic first quarter continued as the Eagles gave up back-to-back touchdowns within 20 seconds to Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. After Ajayi's first score, a tipped pass from Wentz at the Philadelphia 21-yard line was intercepted by defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, setting up another Ajayi 2-yard touchdown run, giving the Dolphins the 14-7 lead.
The Eagles, however, refused to end the first quarter without a high note. With just over a minute remaining, Wentz found wide receiver Alshon Jeffery wide open on a short pass over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown - his first touchdown as an Eagle. The end of the first would be Wentz and the rest of the starters' last action of the night and likely the preseason.
"I feel good. I feel confident. I'm thankful for the most part that everyone's pretty healthy too so I think this offense tonight was a really good showing for us," Wentz added. "And like I said the interception was unfortunate but we moved the ball well and for the starters it's exciting to start getting ready for Washington."
After a quick Cutler-Julius Thomas touchdown connection that was set up by a pass interference call on cornerback Ronald Darby against Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, the game took a sloppy turn. The two teams traded picks on back-to-back possessions from backup quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Matt Moore. The Eagles got the better end of the deal, though, as safety-turned-cornerback Jaylen Watkins snatched away a pass intended for DeVante Parker in the end zone and returned the ball 50 yards before he was brought down at the Philadelphia 47-yard line early in the second quarter.
The second quarter proved to be every bit as high-scoring as the first as the Eagles found their way to the end zone twice. Rookie running back Corey Clement struck gold on a 3-yard rush up the middle midway through the second. Less than two minutes later, linebacker Mychal Kendrick continued his stellar preseason play with a pick-six on a 31-yard snatch-and-score to cap off the first half putting the Eagles up 28-24.
The two teams traded blows in the second half, but ultimately the Eagles would secure the lead for the rest of the game late in the fourth quarter when wide receiver Marcus Johnson got in on the scoring fun as well with a tough touchdown catch near the back corner of the end zone with 11:08 remaining in the game.
The Eagles will be back in action next Thursday when they take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in the preseason finale.
The Eagles defeated the Dolphins, 38-31, in their final home preseason game of 2017. Check out photos from the matchup.