Eagles at Texas score, takeaway: Philadelphia to first 8-0 start in franchise history

Eagles at Texas score, takeaway: Philadelphia to first 8-0 start in franchise history

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday night. The Eagles improved to 8-0, while the Texans fell to 1-6-1. The Eagles had never started a season 8-0 before, but they made history tonight.

The Texans made an early statement, surprising many by scoring the game’s first touchdown. Quarterback Davis Mills led his team down the field, a 75-yard drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown reception from Teagan Quitoriano.

The Eagles started deep in their own territory, but were able to drive 91 yards for a score, getting on the board thanks to Miles Sanders’ 2-yard rushing TD.

The Eagles had only turned the ball over twice this season before this game, but the Texas defense got to quarterback Jalen Hurts with Steven Nelson forcing a fumble and Johnny Johnson fumble recovery. The Texans failed to capitalize on the turnover.

Philly responded offensively, taking its first lead on a 79-yard drive. Kenneth Gainwell hit him in the end zone on a 4-yard rush.

Just before the two-minute warning in the first half, Dameon Pierce took the ball 36 yards to give Houston’s offense a spark. Pierce was a key component of the offense and finished the half with 13 carries and 88 yards. Chris Moore caught a pass in the end zone that was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned for a score, tying the game.

CJ Gardner-Johnson intercepted Mills and on the next play the Eagles scored a touchdown to regain the lead. AJ Brown had a 17-yard reception to make it 21-14.

The Texans scored three in the third quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead.

Philadelphia’s lead was extended in the fourth quarter with Dallas Goedert’s 4-yard reception and successful two-point conversion thanks to Hurts’ rush up the middle.

Another interception by Mills sealed the Texans’ fate and the Eagles were able to break away for the win.

Why the Eagles won

The Eagles didn’t play at their normal level, especially early in the game against a winning team, but they never trailed. Early in the game, the Eagles had scored more points in the second quarter alone than the Texans had scored all season combined, but this matchup was a different story.

The Eagles had the shock factor of not dominating as they had, but despite the drop in confidence, they managed to keep grinding and pulled through in the end.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts was 21 of 27 for 243 yards and two touchdowns and continues to be the leader this team needs. Hurts’ ability to throw the field, a specialty while on the move or under pressure, sets him apart from other quarterbacks in the league.

Miles Sanders led the team with 17 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Dallas Goedert had eight receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The defense was great with two key interceptions, and the biggest element of those turnovers was the Eagles capitalizing on one and running the fourth quarter to the second. Javon Hargrave finished the night with six tackles and three sacks.

Why the Texans lost

The Texans got off to a strong start, but struggled to close the deal. They kept pace with the Eagles for much of the contest, but allowed Philly to build a lead near the end.

Mills’ two interceptions didn’t help their case at all and unlike the Eagles, when the Texans’ defense forced a turnover, their offense didn’t capitalize on the fumble.

The Texans were 2-for-4 in the red zone, while the Eagles were 4-for-4 in the red zone. A field goal that could have been a touchdown and an interception in Eagles territory were two major factors in the loss.

A turning point

Mills’ pass intended for Moore was intercepted by CJ Gardner-Johnson, who now leads the league with five. The Eagles turned the interception into a touchdown, giving the visiting team a lead they would hold for the rest of the game.

Here’s a look at the interception:

Playing the game

James Bradberry sealed the win with a late interception. View:

What’s next

The Texans will face the New York Giants in Week 10. The Giants are currently 6-2 and have surprised many NFL fans with their impressive season. The Giants have a bye this weekend after falling to the Seahawks in Week 8.

The Eagles have an NFC East matchup next week on Monday Night Football when they host the Washington Commanders. The Commanders are currently 4-4 after winning their last three games. They face the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings this weekend.

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