The Eagles' offense started hot this game, working to pick up exactly where they left off last weekend and have already generated 145 yards. After the first quarter of play, the score stands at 16-3, Philadelphia. Here are some of the key takeaways from the opening 15 minutes …
Hot Start For Eagles Offense
It's not a secret that the Eagles have struggled to score points in the first half of games this season, but today, the team took steps toward breaking that trend. The Eagles marched 64 yards down the field on four plays to score their first opening-drive touchdown of the season.
The team started from its own 36 after a 31-yard kickoff return from Josh Huff. The very next play, quarterback Sam Bradford connected with Brent Celek for a 60-yard gain. Celek was taken down at the Miami 4. After two short carries by DeMarco Murray to pick up 2 additional yards, Bradford turned back to the passing game. He dodged defenders in the backfield before throwing to Huff in the end zone, who made the jumping catch for six. A Caleb Sturgis extra point gave the team a 7-3 lead.
On their very next possession, the Eagles again moved quickly into Miami territory. Ultimately, they capitalized on a 1-yard Ryan Mathews touchdown after big gains from Celek and Murray once again to take a commanding 16-3 lead.
Sack For Safety
After Dolphins kickoff returner Damien Williams made a poor decision to take the ball out of the end zone and slipped at the 1-yard line, the Eagles' defense was ready to feast. With the ball in the hands of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Walter Thurmond blitzed at full speed to make the sack in the end zone. During the hard hit, Tannehill fumbled the ball, which bounced out of the end zone for the safety.
This is the Dolphins' third-straight game allowing a safety and is the Eagles' first safety since December 22, 2013 in a game against the Chicago Bears.
Celek Steps Up
On both Eagles scoring drives, tight end Brent Celek played a key role. His 60-yard reception on the opening drive was crucial to the team's touchdown, but he also picked up a 20-yard gain on the team's second drive. Celek's 80 yards on the game are the most among all receivers thus far in the game.
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