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Toyota Player Of The Week Nominees: Jaguars

The long flight home will be a little more comfortable for the Eagles after they pulled out a 24-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

The opposite result would have put the Eagles' chances of returning to the postseason in serious jeopardy. Instead, the Eagles head into the bye week at 4-4 with some momentum to boot.

The Eagles didn't start well Sunday, but a pair of rookies helped spark the team. Those rookies are two of your nominees for the Toyota Player of the Week:

CB Avonte Maddox

The fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh has been asked to take on a ton of responsibility in his first NFL season.

Fortunately for the Eagles, Maddox has answered the call in a big way.

In London, Maddox had four total tackles, but two of them ended a pair of Jacksonville possessions.

The first came on the Jaguars' opening drive, as running back Carlos Hyde took the ball and attempted to rumble up the gut for a first down on a third-and-1. However, Maddox stepped up into the box and stymied Hyde short of the first down, forcing the Jags to settle for a field goal.

Later in the first half, the Jaguars had the lead, the ball, and looked poised to take firm control of the game.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles found Keelan Cole on a pass play, Maddox hit Cole to knock the ball loose. Safety Malcolm Jenkins calmly ran over to the ball and regained possession for the Eagles.

TE Dallas Goedert

The man who helped the Eagles capitalize on that turnover opportunity was the Eagles' second-round pick in this year's draft.

Goedert only caught one pass, but it went for 32 yards and a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 10-6 lead and a mountain of momentum heading into intermission.

WR Jordan Matthews

Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz have paced the Eagles' receiving corps all season, but it was Jordan Matthews who led the team in receiving yards in London.

Matthews caught four passes for 93 yards, including a crucial 13-yard grab on the Eagles' final possession. All four of Matthews' receptions resulted in a first down. Two converted third downs.

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