Eagles at Texans score, takeaways: Philadelphia off to first 8-0 start in franchise history

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday night. The Eagles improved to 8-0, while the Texans fell to 1-6-1. The Eagles had never started a season 8-0 before this season, but made history tonight.

The Texans made an early statement to the surprise of many by scoring the first touchdown of the game. Quarterback Davis Mills led his team down the field, capping off a 75-yard drive with a 2-yard reception by Teigan Kitoriano.

The Eagles started deep in their own territory, but got on the board thanks to a 91-yard drive and a Myles Sanders 2-yard TD rush.

The Eagles had turned the ball over just twice this season before this game, but the Texans’ defense forced quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Steven Nelson to fumble and Johnny Johnson recovered. The Texans failed to capitalize on the turnover.

Philly came back and drove 79 yards to take their first lead. Kenneth Gainwell hit it 4 yards into the end zone.

Just before the two-minute mark in the first half, Damon Pierce took the ball 36 yards to spark Houston’s offense. Pierce was a key offensive component and finished the half with 13 carries and 88 yards. Chris Moore caught a pass that was initially ruled incomplete in the end zone, but overturned the score to tie the game.

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CJ Gardner-Johnson intercepted Mills and the Eagles scored on the next play to regain the lead. AJ Brown’s 17-yard reception made it 21-14.

The Texans put up three in the third quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead.

Philadelphia’s lead was extended in the fourth quarter with Dallas Goedert’s 4-yard conversion reception and Hurts’ successful two-point conversion up the middle.

Mills sealed the Texans’ fate with his second interception, and the Eagles ran out the clock to secure the win.

Why the Eagles won

The Eagles didn’t play at their usual level, especially when they never trailed early in a game against a winning team. Coming into the game, the Eagles had scored more points in the second quarter than the Texans had all season combined, but this matchup was a different story.

The Eagles’ shock factor wasn’t as dominant as they were, but despite the deflation of confidence, they were able to keep grinding and eventually pull away.

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Quarterback Jalen Hurts went 21 of 27 for 243 yards and two touchdowns and remains the leader this team needs. Hurts’ ability to throw down the field, whether on the move or under pressure, sets him apart from other quarterbacks in the league.

Miles Sanders led the team in rushing with 93 yards on 17 carries. Dallas Goedert had eight receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown.

The defense came up big with two key interceptions, and the biggest element of those turnovers was capitalizing on one of the Eagles and ending the fourth quarter on the other. Jayvon Hargrave had six tackles and three sacks on the night.

Why the Texans lost

The Texans started strong but struggled to close the deal. They trailed the Eagles for most of the contest, but Philly would extend the lead until the end.

The two Mills tackles didn’t help their cause at all, and unlike the Eagles, the Texans’ offense didn’t spring from foul play when the Texans’ defense forced turnovers.

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The Texans were 2-for-4 in the red zone and the Eagles were 4-for-4 in the red zone. A field goal and an interception in Eagles territory were two key factors in the loss.

The turning point

Mills’ pass intended for Moore was intercepted by CJ Gardner-Johnson, who now leads the league with five. The Eagles threw an interception, giving the visiting team a lead they would hold on to for the rest of the game.

Here’s a look at the fence:

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James Bradberry secured the win with a late interception. Check it out:

What is next

The Texans face the New York Giants in Week 10. The Giants currently sit at 6-2 and have surprised many NFL fans with their impressive season. The Giants have a bye against the Seahawks in Week 8 this weekend.

The Eagles have an NFC East matchup next week on Monday Night Football when they host the Washington Commanders. The Commanders are 4-4 after winning their last three games. They face the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings this weekend.


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