Going into Sunday afternoon’s game, the Philadelphia Eagles boasted one of the top rushing attacks in the National Football League. Their opponent – the Jacksonville Jaguars – came into town with the number one rush defense in the league. They were giving up just 55 yards per game. Something had to give. And give it did.
The Eagles racked up 210 yards on the ground on 50 attempts with four touchdowns. That was all en route to a 29-21 win over the Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field. They improved to 4-0 on the season as they remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. Miles Sanders led the way with a breakout performance. He carried the ball a career-high 27 times for a game-high 134 yards. And added two TD’s on a nasty rainy day in South Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts rushed 17 times for 38 yards and a score. Kenneth Gainwell had five carries, 19 yards. And he reached the endzone versus the previously stingy Jaguars D. Trey Sermon (two carries for 19 yards) saw his first action of the season replacing injured Boston Scott.
The Birds’ offensive line really imposed their will against the talented Jags’ defensive front, as Jacksonville gave up their first rushing touchdowns of the season.
For Sanders, he continued his strong and steady season. The fourth-year back has been a bit of a lightning rod when it comes to his play. Clearly talented and good enough to be a starter/three-down back in the league. Injuries and questionable in-game decisions have followed him during his young career as he looks for a new contract. He seems to be putting it all together with a pretty balanced and explosive offense. And now is gaining more and more trust from the coaching staff.
The Penn State product ranks third overall in rushing leaders with 356 yards, trailing only New York’s Saquon Barkley and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb. If he keeps this type of play up while helping lead Philadelphia to wins, the Eagles will have a tough decision to make about Sanders’ future with the organization in the offseason.