BIRDS NOTEBOOK: BIRDS EDGE ARIZONA 20-17; MOVE TO 5-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2004
PHILADELPHIA DEFEATS ARIZONA 20-17; MOVE TO 5-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2004
Philadelphia remains the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Eagles are 5-0 for the first time since 2004 and for the third time in franchise history.
Philadelphia’s 5-game winning streak is the longest stretch during the Nick Sirianni era. The Eagles have won 8 consecutive regular-season games started by Jalen Hurts, which is the longest active streak among NFL QBs.
OFFENSIVE SCORING DRIVES
Philadelphia jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its first possession of the game (11 plays, 64 yards), resulting in a 1-yard TD plunge by Jalen Hurts. On the drive, Hurts completed 5-of-7 attempts for 56 yards, including 3 passes to A.J. Brown (32 yards) and 2 to Dallas Goedert (24 yards).
Philadelphia claimed a 14-0 advantage in the second quarter after producing a 16-play, 87-yard scoring drive that was capped by another 1-yard rushing TD by Jalen Hurts. Hurts was 6-of-8 passing for 62 yards and added 29 yards on the ground during the team’s possession.
Originally backed up at the ARI 11 on a third-and-13, Hurts completed a 22-yard pass to DeVonta Smith. He also hooked up with Smith for a 20-yard gain two plays later.
Hurts surpassed Cam Newton (18) for the most rushing TDs (19) by an NFL QB in their first 25 career starts. Hurts also tied Tom Sullivan (1974) for the most rushing TDs (6) by an Eagle in the first 5 games of a season since 1950.
Philadelphia made it a 17-10 score in the third quarter after Cameron Dicker capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive with a 42-yard FG, which marked his first career FG. On the drive, Jalen Hurts connected on 6-of-7 attempts for 36 yards to put the Eagles in scoring position.
Cameron Dicker connected on his second attempt of the day, putting the Eagles up 20-17 on a 23-yard FG with 1:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The drive was highlighted by a combined 56-yards rushing between Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell. A 16-yard completion to Dallas Goedert on 3rd-and-12 kept the Eagles’ drive alive in Arizona territory.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson recorded his 1st INT with the Eagles when he picked off Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on Arizona’s first play of its second possession of the game.
The turnover marked the 6th INT by Philadelphia this season and the 11th takeaway this year.
Haason Reddick brought down Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on third-and-11 in the third quarter to force a punt. Reddick leads the Eagles defense with 4.5 sacks (all in the last 3 games).
Jason Kelce started his 127th consecutive regular-season game, which ties Jerry Sisemore (1974-82) for the third-longest streak in Eagles history, trailing only Jon Runyan (144, 2000-08) and Herman Edwards (135, 1977-85).
His 127-game streak is the longest by an NFL center since Casey Wiegman’s 175-game stretch from 2001-11.
Jalen Hurts recorded his 7th-career game with multiple rushing TDs, tied for the second most ever by a QB, trailing only Cam Newton (10) for most all-time.
Hurts also ranks 5th all-time in games as an Eagle with 2+ rushing TDs, trailing Steve Van Buren (12), LeSean McCoy, Ricky Watters and Wilbert Montgomery (all at 8).
DeVonta Smith set a career-high with 10 catches and totaled 87 yards, while Dallas Goedert led the team with 95 yards on 8 catches. *
Eagles media relations department supplied this notebook.
Assembled by Al Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)