WEEK 3 RECAP: Eagles start off fast , hold on to win 24-17 over Jets

Sproles juke

Needing a win to save their season, the Eagles found the running game in the first half and staked themselves to a 24-7 lead at the the half.  The opening drive by the Birds netted only a field goal but established the run game. Darren Sproles found the endzone with a 89 yard punt return in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead. [Sproles punt return touchdown-NFL.com]

Philly added to the lead with a Sam Bradford touchdown pass to Ryan Mathews for 23 yards to stretch the lead to 17-0. [Bradford to Mathews touchdown-NFL.com]

On the ensuing drive, the Jets turned to ball over on an awful Brandon Marshall fumble [Brandon Marshall lateral to no one-NFL.com] when he tried to lateral to a teammate after a catch. This led to another good drive for the Eagles that was capped off with a Darren Sproles 1 yard touchdown run. The Jets were able to score a touchdown in the two minute drill with Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting Brandon Marshall for a 16 yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 24-7.

The second half was dominated by the Eagles defense as the offense became very conservative and tried to work the run game. The Jets cut the lead to 10 points with a 4th quarter touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Jeremy Kerley. [Jeremy Kerley TD catch-NFL.com] Rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks snagged a tipped ball for a big interception that stopped a Jets drive [Jordan Hicks interception-NFL.com] and Walter Thurmond picked off Fitzpatrick for the fourth Jets turnover of the day. [Walter Thurmond interception-NFL.com]

The Jets tacked on a field goal to cut the score to 24-17 but the Eagles recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Not a perfect win, but a much needed win for the Eagles to get on track and get back into the NFC East race. They go to Washington and take on the 1-2 Redskins next Sunday.

 

 

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