By Matthew Kaplan
While it wasn’t the most beautiful game ever played, the Eagles got the job done as they beat the Jaguars, 24-18. The first half especially was not very exciting. At the 2-minute mark of the second quarter, this game was 6 to 3 in favor of the Jaguars. With that said, at the end of the half, the Eagles would pick up their first lead and would not surrender it for the rest of the game.
Leading the Eagles, as always, was Carson Wentz. Despite throwing an interception, Wentz would finish the day 21 for 30 with 286 yards and three touchdowns, spreading it around to nine different targets (including himself). Wentz would also add on 28 yards on the ground to help leading rusher Josh Adams. The Notre Dame Alumni would rush nine times for 61 yards. Solid game for the young rookie who will be a key to the team’s success for the rest of this season.
As for the Jaguars, there wasn’t much to talk about. As always, their defense, despite being injured, kept them in this game. With an inability to run the ball (their running backs had a combined 27 yards rushing), they were forced to rely on Blake Bortles to carry their offense. While Bortles would not throw an interception, he would only complete 24 of his 41 passing attempts and about a third of those completions went to T.J Yeldon. Yeldon would end the day with seven catches and 83 yards.
The Eagles defense would do an OK job today. They were just good enough to win the game today and bring the Eagles in to the bye week at the .500 mark. The only problem that stands in front of us is health. Lane Johnson went down with a reported MCL sprain and could miss some significant time, Jalen Mills was carted off and Jason Peters has been in and out all season. Hopefully during this bye week, they will be able to find some health and capitalize on the opportunities in front of them starting against the Dallas Cowboys in 14 days.