Before you dive into this Victory Monday edition of Morning Roundup, presented by DraftKings, make sure to check out the following from the win over the Dolphins:
• Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro's 15 takeaways, including how this was a statement game for the Birds.
• Owen Boyle's instant game recap that provided the details in real time.
Jalen Hurts displays toughness in victory
With just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Jalen Hurts faced a corner blitz from Miami's Kader Kohou. Hurts tried to thread the ball over the defender's arms, but the cornerback leaped up and knocked the offering into the air. It was caught by Miami safety Jerome Baker, who returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.
Just like that, it was 17-17, as an early 17-3 lead evaporated.
Hurts didn't get down on himself.
On the next play from scrimmage, Hurts used his legs to gain 12 yards on a scramble. It jump-started a drive in which he went 5-of-6 for 60 yards and a touchdown to A.J. Brown to regain the lead, one that the Eagles would not relinquish, with 15 seconds left in the quarter.
After the pick-six, Hurts led two touchdown drives and went 9-of-12 for 119 yards. Hurts used the Brotherly Shove, more on that below, to convert two fourth downs in the final quarter.
"I'm happy how we responded, especially coming off of last week," Hurts said. "It was a great opportunity against a great team out there. I have a lot of respect for them as a team. I think we played really good complementary football. We had some negative plays, obviously with the fumble by me. We can't have that. I must be living bad with the other one, the tipped ball. I'm just happy with how we played together, how we persevered, and we found ways to respond. We really did a good job in the fourth."
Overall, Hurts finished 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) for 279 yards, three total touchdowns, and a 109.5 passer rating. Hurts has now posted 300+ total yards and 2+ total TDs in five consecutive games, which marks the longest active streak in the league. Overall, it is the longest streak by an NFL quarterback since Patrick Mahomes did it in six straight games last season.
"I thought he played really outstanding," Head Coach Nick Sirianni said. "Man, he is a competitor. There is nobody else I would rather be our quarterback. He played his butt off tonight. He's tough." – Chris McPherson
A.J. Brown has that DAWG mentality
"DAWG. That is a DAWG. I am talking about a D-A-W-G, not a D-O-G."
That is how cornerback Darius Slay described his teammate A.J. Brown after last night's 31-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Brown caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. The wide receiver made one of the biggest plays of the night that was not a touchdown, catching a 42-yard pass from Jalen Hurts between two defenders. The big play set up Kenneth Gainwell's 3-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter that all but put the game to bed.
"I told him in the huddle after the play that he was a DAWG," Jordan Mailata said. "He is open like a 24-hour gas station. He is impressive. I am glad he is on our side."
Brown has become no stranger to big games.
Since Week 3, the wide receiver's 701 receiving yards is the most in the league.
However, that is not Brown's most impressive stat over his recent hot streak.
Brown became the second NFL player since the 1970 merger to record 125+ receiving yards in five consecutive games, joining Calvin Johnson in 2012. Johnson accomplished the feat in 2012 as a member of the Detroit Lions.
"Shoutout to Calvin Johnson, just to be beside his name, it says a lot," Brown said. "I am honored. That guy is a Hall of Fame receiver, something I hope to be one day."
Brown's 137 receiving yards on Sunday Night Football were his second-highest total of the season. In Week 4, he caught nine passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Brown also joined Terrell Owens and Harold Jackson as the only Eagles to produce five straight games with 100+ receiving yards. The last NFL player to register 100+ receiving yards in five consecutive contests was Michael Thomas of the Saints in 2019.
"Each and every possession, I am trying to stay locked in with my routes and my pad level, making sure I am catching the ball," Brown said. "I am just trying to stay locked in for my team. Whatever I have at the end of the game is what I have at the end of the game, but whenever I get my opportunity, I have to come alive." – Owen Boyle
Brotherly Shove alters offensive mindset
Up by a touchdown with 10:01 remaining in the game, Head Coach Nick Sirianni initially sent out the punt unit facing fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia 26-yard line.
Then, Sirianni reconsidered. He called on the Brotherly Shove to move the chains and keep the drive alive.
Four plays later, Sirianni dialed it up again on another fourth-and-1.
The Eagles put the game away with a 13-play, 83-yard possession that ate up 6:35 off the clock and finished with Kenneth Gainwell spinning, staying on his feet to get into the end zone from 3 yards out, making the final score 31-17.
"Every first down, it's first-and-9," Sirianni said. "Knowing that if you get to fourth-and-1, shoot, a lot of faith in that play.
So, it was awesome. Again, Jason Kelce starts it off. Jalen Hurts was right there. Because you've seen it across the league that people can't do it like we can do it. They can't do it like we can do it."
The Eagles converted four fourth downs thanks to the Brotherly Shove on Sunday night.
"I'm making my plug right there. Like don't ban this play," Sirianni said of the play, which has drawn criticism from personnel around the league. "Like if everyone could do it, everybody would. Where is the camera? If everybody could do it, everybody would do it." – Chris McPherson
The Eagles brought back the '90s-era Kelly Green uniforms for their Sunday Night Football clash with the Miami Dolphins. Check out photos from the prime-time showdown.
The defense passes its biggest test with flying colors
The Dolphins' offense entered Week 7 with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL. Miami entered the game averaging more than 37 points per game.
Last week, they put 42 points up in a win over the Carolina Panthers, just a few weeks after scoring 70 against the Denver Broncos.
The Dolphins had more than 385 total yards of offense in their six games this season, averaging over 6 yards per play.
That all changed on Sunday Night Football.
The Eagles' defense held the Dolphins to 10 offensive points, the lowest of the season, 244 total yards, 12 first downs, and 5.1 yards per play. They also held Miami to season-lows in passing yards (199), rushing yards (45), and time of possession (23:17).
"We have a good defense," said Head Coach Nick Sirianni. "Great job to the defensive staff, first and foremost, to put them in positions to make plays, but at the end of the day, it's about the players making the plays. We made them one-dimensional."
Four sacks and eight tackles for loss were what stood out for the defense.
Josh Sweat led the defense with a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks. Overall, it was the fifth multi-sack game of Sweat's career. His multi-sack performance marked the fourth consecutive week in which an Eagles player turned in 2.0+ sacks.
"We just play aggressively," Sweat said. "We attack, we get off the ball, and we are always in the backfield. That is our biggest thing, especially for our defensive line."
The biggest defensive play of the game was cornerback Darius Slay's interception in the fourth quarter with his team up by seven. On third-and-8 from the Philadelphia 24-yard line, Big Play Slay read Tua Tagovailoa's pass perfectly, cutting in front of the intended receiver and taking the ball away.
This was the veteran's second interception of the season and first since Week 1 when he returned a Mac Jones pass for a touchdown against the Patriots. This was also the defense's first takeaway since Week 3.
This changed the momentum, setting up a long drive that was capped off by a 3-yard Kenneth Gainwell rushing touchdown.
"It was a big play," Slay said. "I make plays at critical moments, and this was one of them."
On the final offensive drive of the game for Miami's high-flying unit, the Eagles' defense slammed the door shut.
On second down, Jordan Davis and Fletcher Cox combined for a sack. The next play, Sweaty-J got home to take down Tagovailoa. On fourth down, the Miami quarterback's pass was knocked incomplete by rookie Eli Ricks. The Eagles took over on downs and iced the game.
"One thing about our defense is that we want to be physical," Slay said. "We go out there to attack and be dominant. That is what we did out there." – Owen Boyle