Jalen Hurts scores 3 TDs and the Eagles beat Washington

PHILADELPHIA, (AP) -- Nick Sirianni yelled at Jalen HUTTS on the sideline because he was careless with the ball. He also lost a fumble. The Philadelphia Eagles coach then saw his quarterback holding on to his shoulder and carrying the team.

Jalen Hurts scores 3 TDs and the Eagles beat Washington

Hurts ran for two touchdowns, and threw another. This helped the Eagles overcome an early deficit to defeat virus-ravaged Washington 27-17 Tuesday night. It was a crucial showdown with NFC playoff implications.

Hurts' first game back after an ankle injury saw him score on two 1-yard QB Sneaks to establish the single-season franchise record with 10 rushing touchdowns. He also connected with Greg Ward on 19-yard TD passes.

Sirianni said that Hurts played a "great football game" -- one of his best. "Jalen can take on tough coaching. He was able to respond well and played a great match.

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Hurts finished 20 of 26 passing for 296 yards with the TD. There was also a bad-luck intercept when Dallas Goedert dropped a catchable ball and the ball bounced off of his right foot and into Washington's Landon Collins.

This was a poor bounce by Philadelphia that allowed Washington (6-8) to take a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. It was all Eagles (7-7), thanks to a dominant offensive effort by their offensive line. They outgained Washington 435 136 the rest of game and shut down an opponent who had only a handful of starters due to COVID-19 protocol.

Hurts stated, "I told the men we had to go into the game with the mentality that not being denied was our goal." "We had many problems early on, but we got through it."

Miles Sanders took advantage of Washington's weaknesses and added injuries by carrying the ball 18 more times for a record-breaking 131 yards.

Sanders said, "Credit goes to the offensive line." He became the Eagles' first player with back-toback 100-yard rush games since LeSean McCoy in 2014. "They make it very easy for the running backs behind them.

Philadelphia, feeling refreshed after its bye week ended, finished with 238 yards of rushing. This makes it the first team to have 175+ yards on the ground in seven consecutive matches since 1985 Chicago Bears. This is also a first for the Eagles franchise.

Montez Sweat, Washington's defensive end, stated that it was unacceptable for them to run around.

Goedert made up his mistakes by catching seven passes for 135 yard, including a 45-yard completion.

Although the game was delayed by Washington's coronavirus epidemic, it didn't allow Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen to make protocol to play. Garrett Gilbert signed Friday. He completed nine of his 13 first passes and was 20 of 31 for 194 yard.

Terry McLaurin, the receiver who caught the 46-yard touchdown was the longest catch of the game, said that Garrett deserves nothing but respect. "It was difficult for us all, but he did his work and put everything out there."

Antonio Gibson, second-year running back, ran for Washington's first touchdown. He had 20 of his 26 yards rushing on that drive. When he was able to get the ball on seven plays, he also got the ball. A toe injury caused him to slow down, which was the same thing that ended his rookie season. Jaret Patterson scored the other rushing touchdown for the team.

COVID-19 ABSENCES

Washington was without five players who were in NFL COVID-19 protocol. The inactive reserve defensive tackle Tim Settle, and Sammis Reyes, third-string tight end, were cleared.

Landon Dickerson, Philadelphia's starting left guard, was the only person who had a virus-related absence.

THE KING MAKES HISTORY

As Washington's running backs coach Randy Jordan was unable to travel due to COVID-19 protocols Jennifer King, his assistant made history by filling in. King was the first Black woman to be a position coach in an NFL game.

Patterson stated that there wasn't any drop-off. "Coach King's great. She will one day be a coach, which is something she deserves.

INJURIES

Washington: CB William Jackson, Washington's defensive back, left the game late in the second quarter after sustaining an ankle injury. He did not return. ... DE Daniel Wise was injured on a cut block in half one and was taken out of the game in the second. Collins was briefly sidelined by a foot injury. ... Curtis Samuel (hamstring), and J.D. Collins were both inactive. McKissic (neck), was placed on injured reserve prior to the game.

Eagles: TE Jack Stoll, Eagles: After receiving medical attention, Stoll was shaken in the fourth quarter. He walked off the field with a limp. DeVonta Smith, WR, was injured in the first quarter when he attempted to pass the ball into the end zone. He returned on the next drive.

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Updated Date: 22 December 2021, 11:12

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