Oct 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, U.S.;  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scrambles away from Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck (45) during the second quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts, Cameron Dicker lead Eagles over Cardinals for 5-0 start

Cameron Dicker kicked a late field goal in his NFL debut as the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles continued their best start since 2004 with a 20-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

Dicker was signed to the practice squad Tuesday with Jake Elliott sidelined by an ankle injury. His 23-yard field goal put the Eagles (5-0) ahead with 1:45 remaining.

With no timeouts, Kyler Murray drove Arizona to the Philadelphia 25 with 22 seconds left, but Matt Ammendola missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt wide right. Ammendola was making his Cardinals debut, signed this week with Matt Prater dealing with a hip injury.

The Cardinals (2-3) fell to 0-3 at home, where they haven’t won since Oct. 24, 2021.

Jalen Hurts passed for 239 yards and rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles. DeVonta Smith had 10 catches for 87 yards and Dallas Goedert added eight grabs for 95 yards.

Murray passed for 250 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Arizona forged a 17-17 tie on Eno Benjamin’s 11-yard run with 9:43 to play, punctuating a 12-play, 90-yard drive.

Philadelphia answered with a 17-play, 70-yard drive. Goedert’s 16-yard catch on third-and-12 kept the drive alive and Dicker made his second field goal of the game.

The Eagles extended their best start since they won their first seven games in 2004 and went to the Super Bowl.

Philadelphia opened up a 14-0 lead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Hurts, his fifth and sixth rushing scores of the season.

Hurts’ first touchdown capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive in the first quarter, and the second one finished off a 16-play, 87-yard march.

The Cardinals got on the board with 5:24 left in the half when Murray tossed a short pass to Marquise Brown, who sidestepped several defenders for a 25-yard TD to make it 14-7.

Following a gutsy fourth-and-4 conversion on a fake punt in its own territory, Arizona pulled within 14-10 on Ammendola’s 20-yard field goal as the halftime clock expired.

The Eagles had the only points of the third quarter on Dicker’s 42-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) and tight end Dallas Goedert (88) react as time winds down on a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles after first 5-0 start since 2004 vs. Cardinals

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) will look to continue their fastest start since 2004 when they visit an inconsistent Arizona Cardinals team on Sunday.

Those Eagles also started 4-0 and made it to 7-0 before going all the way to Super Bowl XXXIX that season, where they lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Cardinals (2-2) are 0-2 at home and have alternated wins and losses entering Week 5, including last Sunday’s 26-16 victory at the Carolina Panthers.

Philadelphia pounded former quarterback Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders in Week 3 and rallied to defeat former head coach Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars, 29-21, last Sunday.

Another reunion is on tap in Glendale, Ariz., with Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz was traded from Philadelphia to Arizona during the 2021 season after playing in 123 games and making three Pro Bowls with the Eagles.

“The team was so close when I was there. I still talk to a lot of those guys,” said Ertz, who has 22 catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Ertz said he is not surprised by the strong start for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, an early MVP candidate with 1,120 passing yards and four touchdown passes plus 205 yards and four more scores on the ground.

“I know Jalen is one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever been around,” Ertz said. “Even though we didn’t play together for a long time, we were able to have fun throwing after practice … just working on our craft together for that short amount of time. And so, I’m not surprised by the success he’s having.”

Cardinals counterpart Kyler Murray leads the NFL through four games in pass completions (113) and attempts (173).

In his only previous start against Philadelphia, Murray completed 27 of 36 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a 33-26 win at home on Dec. 20, 2020.

Murray is facing a formidable defense that has produced the last three NFC Defensive Players of the Week, with linebacker Haason Reddick the latest after recording two strip-sacks and recovering both fumbles against Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Reddick was a first-round pick by Arizona in 2017 and played his first four seasons with the Cardinals.

“He can play right and left. He can stack. He can do it all,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said of Reddick on Tuesday. “I’m really pleased with where he’s at. But that’s what I mean by the unique skill set. He’s not just a one-trick pony. He can do it all.”

Philadelphia’s last road win against Arizona was in 2001.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (ankle), offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (shoulder), cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) and linebackers Kyron Johnson (concussion) and Patrick Johnson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Guard Isaac Seumalo (ankle) and running back Boston Scott (rib) were listed as limited participants.

Leading receiver Marquise Brown (foot) did not practice Wednesday for the Cardinals. Also out were offensive linemen Rodney Hudson (knee), Justin Pugh (elbow) and Max Garcia (toe), as well as kicker Matt Prater (hip), linebacker Nick Vigil (hamstring) and defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence (hand). Defensive lineman J.J. Watt (calf) and wide receiver A.J. Green (knee) were limited.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks for a receiver against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles stay undefeated thanks to five Jaguars turnovers

The Philadelphia Eagles took advantage of five turnovers by Trevor Lawrence and remained unbeaten with a 29-21 victory Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Eagles (4-0) scored 29 straight points against the Jaguars (2-2), who have not beaten an NFC team since opening the 2018 season with a victory over the New York Giants.

Before the mistakes piled up, the Jaguars had a 14-0 lead in head coach Doug Pederson’s first game against his old team. Pederson, who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII championship, received a warm ovation from the crowd on a wet and windy afternoon.

Miles Sanders ran for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts passed for 204 yards and rushed for a touchdown.

Lawrence lost four fumbles — three of them recovered by Haason Reddick — and threw an interception. He passed for 174 yards and threw two touchdown passes, both to Jamal Agnew.

Andre Cisco intercepted Hurts’ deflected pass and returned it 59 yards for a score to put Jacksonville up 7-0 with 11:15 left in the first quarter.

Lawrence’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Agnew made it 14-0 with 3:50 remaining in the quarter.

The Eagles came back to take a 20-14 halftime lead with touchdown runs by three different players in the second quarter.

After Fletcher Cox recovered Lawrence’s fumble near midfield, Hurts’ 3-yard run put the Eagles on the board.

Sanders’ 10-yard run capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive and made it 14-14 with 3:55 left before halftime.

Another Lawrence fumble led to Kenneth Gainwell’s 10-yard TD run as Philadelphia took its first lead at 20-14.

James Bradberry intercepted Lawrence with 4:17 left in a scoreless third quarter. Jake Elliott capped the ensuing 11-play drive with a 28-yard field goal to make it 23-14 with 13:42 to play.

Three plays later, Reddick sacked, stripped and recovered Lawrence’s third fumble to set up Sanders’ 5-yard TD run with 8:49 left. It was 29-14 after a two-point conversion pass failed.

Lawrence’s 8-yard strike to Agnew with 7:19 to play got the Jags within 29-21.

Lawrence’s final fumble came after the Eagles turned the ball over on downs just after the two-minute warning. Reddick recovered again and Philadelphia ran out the clock.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Fans fall from the stands after a railing gives way as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) leaves the field after the Eagles' game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts pens letter requesting steps be taken following railing collapse

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was quick to assist fans who fell to the ground following a railing collapse after the Eagles’ 20-16 win over Washington Football Team Sunday at FedEx Field at Landover, Md.

Now he wants to know what happens next.

As Hurts left the field Sunday, several fans reached toward him for high fives and congratulations when the railing next to the players tunnel collapsed, causing several individuals to fall to the ground.

In the immediate aftermath, Hurts helped fans to their feet, checked on everyone’s welfare and even posed for a couple of selfies before exiting the field.

The scene seemed jovial enough, but it was a near-miss that anyone, including Hurts himself, wasn’t seriously injured, and on Tuesday, Hurts penned a letter to the NFL and Washington to call for additional steps to be taken to prevent another incident in the future.

“Through the initial shock, my first reaction was to assist those involved. However, while I displayed a calm composure, I understand the severity of what happened and am extremely concerned for the well-being of the fans and media.

“As a result, I would like to know what safeguards the NFL and Washington Football Team are implementing to prevent this from ever occurring in the future.”

Hurts and the Eagles (9-7) finish their regular season when they host the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Saturday evening. Washington (6-10) finishes on the road against the New York Giants (4-12).

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) avoids a tackle by New York Jets outside linebacker Quincy Williams (56) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Gardner Minshew II carries Eagles past Jets 33-18

Gardner Minshew II threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Philadelphia and Jake Elliott kicked four field goals as the Eagles defeated the New York Jets 33-18 at East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday.

Miles Sanders rushed for 120 yards on 24 carries for the Eagles (6-7), while tight end Dallas Goedert had six receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Elliott connected on field goals from 31, 32, 43 and 46 yards.

Minshew, who was 20-for-25 with no interceptions, was traded to the Eagles by Jacksonville in late August to make way for rookie Trevor Lawrence. He played in place of Jalen Hurts, who sprained his ankle last week.

Zach Wilson finished 23 of 38 for 226 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Jets (3-9) in his second game back after missing four games because of a knee injury.

The first six possessions of the game, three by each team, resulted in touchdowns. But the Eagles led 21-18 in the second quarter once that flurry ended after the Jets failed on all three conversions (two missed kicks, one pass failed).

New York wide receivers Ryan Griffin (ankle) and Corey Davis (groin) both left the game with injuries. Philadelphia center Jason Kelce (leg) left in the fourth quarter.

New York’s Braxton Berrios returned the opening kickoff 79 yards to the Eagles’ 21 to set up Wilson’s 3-yard scoring pass on a slant to Elijah Moore for a 6-0 lead.

Philadelphia answered as Minshew found a wide-open Goedert for a 36-yard score and a 7-6 advantage. The Jets responded with an 11-play, 68-yard drive, capped by Wilson’s 1-yard sneak. Alex Kessman’s second missed PAT left New York with a 12-7 lead with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Minshew then went 5 of 5 for 64 yards on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended with another scoring pass to Goedert, this one for 25 yards, to put the Eagles up 14-12.

After Griffin’s touchdown restored the Jets’ lead, Kenneth Gainwell burst over left guard and scored on an 8-yard run to give Philadelphia a 21-18 advantage with 4:30 to go in the first half.

After the Jets went three-and-out, Philadelphia got a 31-yard field goal from Elliott with 19 seconds left to take a 24-18 lead into halftime. Elliott finished the scoring with three second-half field goals.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles punter Arryn Siposs (8) is tackled by New York Giants free safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants take advantage of Eagles turnovers to prevail

Daniel Jones passed for 202 yards and a touchdown and the New York Giants forced four turnovers to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 13-7 Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions, two of them in the red zone, and Boston Scott lost a fumble with 1:34 left as Philadelphia attempted to mount a game-winning drive.

The Eagles got one more chance with the ball in the final minute, but Jalen Reagor dropped a high pass at the goal line.

The Giants (4-7) won for the third time in their past five games and beat the Eagles (5-7) for the second straight time after Philadelphia had won eight in a row in the series.

In the Giants’ first game since firing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens assumed play-calling duties. The Giants gained 264 yards, 4.6 per play, as Daniel Jones completed 19 of 30 throws and added 30 rushing yards.

Hurts led an Eagles rushing attack that gained 208 yards. He led the team with 77 yards on the ground and threw for 129 on 14-of-31 passing.

Graham Gano got the Giants on the board first with a 35-yard field goal at the end of their second drive. Jones kept that drive going with a successful fourth-and-1 sneak.

Hurts drove Philadelphia to the Giants’ 20-yard line before floating a pass into traffic, which Darnay Holmes intercepted.

Late in the second quarter, the Eagles drove 92 yards to the New York 2. But on third and goal with eight seconds left in the half, Hurts threw a pick straight to Tae Crowder, ensuring the Giants would keep the 3-0 lead at intermission.

Jones found tight end Chris Myarick for a 1-yard touchdown on New York’s first possession of the second half. Diving to the ground, Myarick secured the ball between his knees for his first career reception.

Scott pushed his way in for a touchdown from a yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter, capping a 10-play Eagles drive. They forced a quick three-and-out to get the ball back, but Giants defenders Austin Johnson and Julian Love stuffed Hurts for a sack on third down near midfield.

The Giants chewed up 7:22 of game clock on a 12-play, 70-yard drive but only came away with a field goal Gano converted from 39 yards.

Down six, the Eagles pieced together a comeback drive, but on a carry, the ball popped out of Scott’s hands and right to Love for New York’s fourth takeaway. The Eagles burned their three timeouts to prevent the Giants from bleeding the rest of the clock.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts runs for 3 TDs as Eagles take down Saints

Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns and Darius Slay returned an interception for a touchdown as the host Philadelphia Eagles held off the New Orleans Saints 40-29 on Sunday afternoon.

Hurts passed for 147 yards and ran for 69 as the Eagles (5-6) had 242 yards on the ground against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked run defense. Philadelphia won at home for the first time since a 24-21 victory against the Saints in Week 14 last season and won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Trevor Siemian, who had not thrown an interception in two previous starts since Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury, threw two picks, including Slay’s touchdown. Siemian completed 22 of 40 for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans (5-5) lost its third straight.

Jake Elliott kicked two third-quarter field goals to extend the Eagles’ 27-7 halftime lead. Elliott kicked a 33-yarder, and after T.J. Edwards recovered Mark Ingram’s fumble at the Saints 41, he added a 47-yarder for a 33-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Siemian threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway and ran 17 yards for a touchdown before Brett Maher kicked a 28-yard field goal get New Orleans within 33-22 with 7:14 remaining.

Hurts ran 24 yards for a touchdown and a 40-22 lead with 3:59 left.

Siemian threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey to complete the scoring with 45 seconds left.

Hurts had touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Christian Ringo recovered Miles Sanders’ fumble at the Eagles’ 6-yard line, leading to Siemian’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Elliott kicked field goals of 50 and 37 yards to increase the lead to 20-7.

New Orleans tried to put together a drive late in the second quarter, but Slay intercepted Siemian’s pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left, giving Philadelphia a 27-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans running back D   Onta Foreman (7) runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Painful streaks haunting Saints and Eagles ahead of their matchup

The New Orleans Saints have lost two games in a row by two points in the final moments.

Two weeks ago, the Atlanta Falcons kicked a winning field goal as time expired.

Last week at Tennessee, the Saints had a chance to tie but failed on a two-point conversion with 1:16 left, then couldn’t recover an onside kick.

At 5-4, they’re one game behind NFC South-leading Tampa Bay and anxious to get back on a winning track when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“It’s gut wrenching,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “There’s so much that goes into the week. It’s always difficult when you lose and then when you lose in (this) fashion, that’s even more difficult to accept.

“You have to regroup and get your players back and kind of get the focus and the energy shifted so one doesn’t become two and two doesn’t become three.”

This is just the fourth time in the last five seasons that New Orleans has lost consecutive games. It hasn’t lost three straight in that time.

The Saints played last week without injured running back Alvin Kamara, their most productive offensive player. Kamara (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, but his status for Sunday is uncertain.

Trevor Siemian has had two straight interception-free games as a starter since replacing Jameis Winston, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in New Orleans’ last victory three weeks ago.

He brought his team back from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Falcons to briefly take a lead with a minute left. He then brought the team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to the brink of tying the Titans.

“We’ve got to play better early,” Siemian said.

The Eagles (4-6) are coming off perhaps their best game of the season, a 30-13 victory at Denver last Sunday, but they have yet to win at home. They have lost their last five home games, last winning against the Saints 24-21 in Week 14 last season.

In that game, Philadelphia ended New Orleans’ NFL-record of 55 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. In his first NFL start, Jalen Hurts rushed for 106 yards and Miles Sanders rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles ended the Saints’ nine-game winning streak.

Sanders has missed the last three games because of an ankle injury, but he participated in the team’s walk-through Wednesday and might be available Sunday.

“If Miles is healthy and ready to go, he’s our starter,” first-year head coach Nick Sirianni said. “We want to make sure that he’s healthy and ready to go. That’s going to be an ongoing thing throughout the week.”

Philadelphia has placed a greater emphasis on the running game in recent weeks, even in Sanders’ absence.

Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenny Gainwell have filled in and the Eagles have averaged 208.7 rushing yards in the last three games. Hurts leads the team with 547 rushing yards for the season.

“When you have these guys who have been running the ball well, that’s a good problem to have,” Sirianni said. “It speaks to the depth that we have here in the running back room.

“It’s a 17-game season. You’re going to have some bumps and bruises throughout the way. It’s important that the guys that step in for the starters are ready to go.”

Over the past three weeks the Eagles are averaging 32.7 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers convert game-winning FG to get by Eagles

Dustin Hopkins made a 29-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Hopkins’ game-winner completed a 15-play, 64-yard drive. Justin Herbert threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for Los Angeles’ other touchdown. Keenan Allen caught 12 passes for 104 yards while Austin Ekeler rushed for 59 yards and also caught three passes for the Chargers (5-3).

Jalen Hurts threw for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (3-6). Hurts also rushed for 62 yards and Jordan Howard had 71 rushing yards and a touchdown. DeVonta Smith hauled in five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles led 10-7 at halftime.

The Chargers drove 98 yards on their first possession but came up empty. Starting from their own 1-yard line, they ran off 15 plays but turned the ball over on downs at Philadelphia’s 1.

After forcing a three-and-out, Los Angeles found the end zone. Jared Cook’s 23-yard reception set up Herbert’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Anderson.

Philadelphia tied it with a 75-yard drive, which Howard finished off with a 4-yard run. Smith’s 27-yard reception was the longest play during that possession.

The Eagles had a 68-yard drive late in the half but settled for Jake Elliott’s 24-yard field goal.

Hopkins’ 30-yard field goal early in the third tied the game. Herbert’s 8-yard scoring pass to Donald Parham gave the Chargers a 16-10 lead but the extra point was missed.

Philadelphia regained the lead on an 85-yard drive that Kenneth Gainwell completed with a 1-yard run. Hurts completed three passes of 19 yards or more during that span.

Los Angeles regained the lead with 11:32 remaining on Herbert’s 8-yard run. He also tossed a two-point conversion to Cook for a 24-17 lead.

Hurts’ 28-yard pass to Smith with 6:07 remaining tied it up. Hurts picked up first downs with his legs twice during the drive.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts returns to Eagles practice following illness

In the era of COVID-19 and its potential for season-changing impact due to forfeitures, certain eyebrows were raised when the Philadelphia Eagles scratched quarterback Jalen Hurts for a vague illness prior to their preseason game against the New England Patriots late last week.

But concerns over the Eagles losing their starting quarterback for any length of time were put to rest Sunday after Hurts was cleared to return to practice and participated fully.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that Hurts also participated in a walk through Saturday that was closed to media.

Sirianni chalked up Hurts’ absence to abdominal pain and recovery, saying the second-year player was “just resting his body, as you would with any illness, and getting himself back.”

Hurts, 23, played in 15 games as a rookie, starting four. He completed 77 of 148 passes for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions, adding 354 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

–Field Level Media