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NOTES: EAGLES SIGN ALL PRO SAFETY KEVIN BYARD, BIRDS SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS AFTER WIN OVER MIAMI


Eagles trade for Tennessee Titans All Pro safety Kevin Byard. Photo from commons.wikimedia.org

The Philadelphia Eagles traded sent two draft picks and safety Terrell Edmunds to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for two-time All-Pro safety Kevin Byard in an effort to help a banged-up secondary.


The trade comes hours after the Birds (6-1) defense held the Miami Dolphins offense, the NFL’s most productive, to just 10 points.


Miami’s other seven points Sunday night came from a pick six.


The Eagles are sending fifth and sixth-round draft picks in 2024 to the Tennessee Titans, pending both players passing physicals.


The 30-year-old Byard has 27 interceptions since becoming a starter in 2017, the most among all NFL safeties through 2022.


Byard was born on August 17, 1993, in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Atlanta, GA with his mother and siblings when he was 14.


Some national observers believe A.J. Brown should be in conversation for league MVP. Photo by Andy Lewis.

EAGLES NOTES AFTER THEIR 31-17 WIN OVER THE MIAMI DOLPHINS

Philadelphia is tied for the best record (6-1) in the NFL this season. Kansas City (6-1) and San Francisco (5-1) are the only other teams that have just one loss currently.


The Eagles have won 6 consecutive games at Lincoln Financial Field (including playoffs), marking the club’s longest home winning streak since 12/22/16-12/25/17 (9).


Philadelphia has the 3rd-highest primetime winning percentage (.677, 21-10) in the league since 2017, trailing only Kansas City (.722, 26-10) and Baltimore (.682, 15-7). The Eagles have won seven of their last eight primetime games, including a 3-0 mark this year.


The Eagles defense held the Dolphins offense - that was averaging 37 points per game - to just ten points. Miami's other points came from a pick six. Photo by Andy Lewis.


DEFENSE SHINES BRIGHT IN PRIMETIME VICTORY

Entering Week 7, the Dolphins led the league in points per game, total offense, passing offense, rushing offense and red zone offense (0-of-1 tonight).


With the Eagles holding onto a 24-17 fourth-quarter lead and Miami facing third-and-8 from the PHI 24, Darius Slay picked off Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa on a throw to Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert and returned it 16 yards from the PHI 1 to 17.


The takeaway was then followed up with an Eagles TD drive.


For the game, Slay posted 4 tackles with 2 PDs, 1 INT and 1 TFL.


Josh Sweat led the defense with a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks. Overall, it was the fifth 2.0-sack game of Sweat’s career (last: 12/18/22 at Chicago). His multi-sack performance marked the fourth consecutive week in which an Eagles player turned in 2.0+ sacks.


Nolan Smith registered his first career sack at the end of the second quarter.

Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis also split a sack in the fourth quarter.



Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert had five catches for 77 yards and this touchdown. Photo by Andy Lewis.

BROWN & GOEDERT COMBINE FOR 200+ YARDS & 2 TDs

A.J. Brown paced the Eagles with 137 yards and 1 TD on 10 receptions (13.7 avg.).


Brown became the second NFL player since the 1970 merger to record 125+ receiving yards in 5 consecutive games, joining Calvin Johnson in 2012.


Brown also joined Terrell Owens (9/26/04-10/31/04) and Harold Jackson (12/12/71-10/2/72) as the only Eagles to produce 5 straight games with 100+ receiving yards.


The last NFL player to register 100+ receiving yards in 5 consecutive contests was Michael Thomas (10/10/19-11/24/19).


Dallas Goedert hauled in 5 passes for 77 yards (15.4 avg.) and 1 TD.


HURTS RECORDS 300 TOTAL YARDS & 3 TDs IN WIN

Jalen Hurts completed 23-of-31 (74.2%) attempts for 279 yards (9.0 avg.), 2 TDs, 1 INT and a 109.5 passer rating. He also rushed 11 times for 21 yards and 1 TD.


Hurts has now posted 300+ total yards and 2+ total TDs in 5 consecutive games, which marks the longest active streak in the league. Overall, it is the longest streak by an NFL QB since Patrick Mahomes from 10/10/22-11/20/22 (6).


Hurts is tied with Randall Cunningham (32, 1985-95) for the most rushing TDs by a QB in Eagles history.


Overall, it is tied for the 5th-most in franchise history, behind Steve Van Buren (69, 1944-51), Wilbert Montgomery (45, 1977-84), LeSean McCoy (44, 2009-14) and Brian Westbrook (37, 2002-09).


MORE FROM THE GAME

Jason Kelce has started a franchise-record 146 consecutive regular-season games, which is the 2nd-longest active streak in the NFL, trailing only Jake Matthews (151). It is the longest streak by an NFL center since Casey Wiegmann from 2001-11 (175).


Kelce also tied Brian Dawkins (183, 1996-2008) for the 3rd-most regular-season games played in team history (most by an Eagles offensive player). Only David Akers (188, 1999-2010) and Brandon Graham (185) have played more games with the team.

Email Al Thompson at al.thompson@footballstories.com



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