Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr tops 300 yards passing again as Raiders beat Eagles

Derek Carr passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns as the host Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 on Sunday afternoon.

Carr completed 31 of 34 passes in his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season as the Raiders (5-2) improved to 2-0 under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who took over when Jon Gruden resigned Oct. 11. Las Vegas scored 30-plus points for the fourth time this season.

Jalen Hurts completed 18 of 34 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries to lead Philadelphia (2-5).

The Eagles began the second half with an onside kick that Las Vegas’ Alec Ingold recovered at the Eagles’ 41-yard line.

Las Vegas drove to Kenyan Drake’s 4-yard touchdown run that the Raiders’ lead to 24-7.

Carr’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards pushed the lead to 30-7 at the end of the third quarter when the extra point kick was not successful.

Boston Scott had a 1-yard touchdown run for Philadelphia early in the fourth quarter before Daniel Carlson kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Raiders with 7:17 left.

Hurts’ 17-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Reagor and two-point conversion pass to Dallas Goedert completed the scoring with 3:50 remaining.

The Eagles took a 7-0 lead on the game’s first possession when Hurts threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Gainwell.

The Raiders threatened to tie the score on their first possession, but Avonte Maddox intercepted Carr at the Philadelphia 5 and the Eagles kept their 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Las Vegas got its first points early in the second quarter as Carr threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau to tie the score.

Josh Jacobs ran eight yards for a touchdown that gave the Raiders their first lead, 14-7, with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter. He later left the game for good with a chest injury.

On the next offensive play, Gainwell fumbled and Johnathan Abram recovered for Las Vegas at the Philadelphia 29.

Carlson’s 28-yard field goal with two seconds remaining increased the lead to 17-7 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Louisville Cardinals running back Jalen Mitchell (15) pushes past Boston College Eagles linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley (19) to score a touchdown during the second quarter of play at Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Cunningham’s 3 TDs pace Louisville past Boston College

Malik Cunningham rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, including the clinching score, as Louisville stopped Boston College 28-14 in Louisville, Ky.

The Cardinals (4-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Eagles (4-3, 0-3) to 266 yards and came up with a pair of second half stops in their territory, including Josh Minkins’ interception of Dennis Grosel at the 2-yard line with nine minutes left in the game.

Boston College closed within 21-14 with 6:10 remaining on Grosel’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Gill. But Louisville wrapped up the game with 2:53 on the clock when Cunningham took a read-option play 11 yards up the middle to restore a two-score lead.

Trevion Cooley added a career-high 112 yards on 13 rushes for the Cardinals, who finished the day with 331 yards on the ground. Cunningham chipped in 107 yards on 9 of 17 passing, although he was intercepted twice.

Grosel hit on 17 of 32 passes for 141 yards and was picked off twice. He also lost a fumble with 2:34 left that C.J. Avery recovered to seal the outcome.

Louisville outgained the Eagles 438-266 but wasn’t able to pull away because it made a spate of mistakes. The Cardinals drew seven penalties for 70 yards and coughed up four turnovers, including Cooley’s fumble that set up Boston College’s last touchdown.

Boston College initiated scoring seven minutes into the game when Alec Sinkfield ran 11 yards for a 7-0 lead, finishing an impressive 63-yard drive. But Louisville wasted little time responding as Cunningham rushed 10 yards less than three minutes later to equalize at 7-7.

The Cardinals took the lead for good in the second quarter with two touchdowns. First, Cunningham capped a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard run at the 8:35 mark. Then Trey Franklin set up a 49-yard field with an interception of Grosel and Louisville cashed in with Jalen Mitchell’s 5-yard scoring jaunt 1:11 before the half for a 21-7 advantage.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) prepare to block against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Lane Johnson, Dallas Goedert to play vs. Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Dallas Goedert will return to play in Sunday’s road game versus the Las Vegas Raiders.

“He had a good week of practice and we’ll be expecting him to play and start at right tackle,” coach Nick Sirianni said Friday of Johnson, who has been sidelined while addressing his mental health.

Johnson, 31, last took the field in the Eagles’ 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 27.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson has started all 102 games in which he has played since joining the Eagles in 2013.

Also on Friday, Sirianni said he looks “forward to Dallas playing a big role this weekend.”

Goedert was activated from the reserve/COVID list on Thursday morning.

“Conditioning-wise, whatever it is, I can be out there the whole game,” Goedert said Friday. “Running out there and practicing today, I felt really good.”

Goedert has 15 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season, raising his four-year career totals with Philadelphia to 152 receptions for 1,681 yards and 14 scores in 47 games.

Philadelphia drafted Goedert in the second round (49th overall) in 2018 out of South Dakota State.

Goedert is expected to receive the majority of the team’s snaps among tight ends after the Eagles traded veteran Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals last Friday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles activate TE Dallas Goedert from COVID list

The Philadelphia Eagles activated tight end Dallas Goedert from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Goedert landed on the list on Oct. 12 and missed last Thursday’s 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Goedert, 26, is expected to start Sunday when the Eagles (2-4) visit the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2).

He has 15 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season, raising his four-year career totals with Philadelphia to 152 receptions for 1,681 yards and 14 scores in 47 games.

Philadelphia drafted Goedert in the second round (49th overall) in 2018 out of South Dakota State.

The Eagles’ tight end depth chart continues to evolve in the wake of last week’s trade of veteran Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia signed Richard Rodgers to the practice squad and activated the 21-day practice window for Tyree Jackson, who had been on injured reserve since fracturing a bone in his back in August.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) scrambles with the ball in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders set sights on road-happy Eagles

The Las Vegas Raiders are off to a good start in the post-Jon Gruden era.

Meanwhile, the only success the Philadelphia Eagles have enjoyed this season has come on the road.

Looking to head into their bye week with a second straight win, the Raiders host the Eagles on Sunday.

Poised to move on from the departure of their embattled former coach, Las Vegas (4-2) built up a 21-point, third-quarter lead, then held on for a 34-24 win at reeling Denver last Sunday. Derek Carr bounced back from a rough outing in a loss the week before by throwing for 341 yards with two touchdowns and snapped a stretch of three consecutive games with an interception.

“To go on the road and play an AFC rival like the Denver Broncos in their place and to come out with a win was exciting for all of us, and just helps us move forward on to Philadelphia,” interim Raiders coach Rich Bisaccia said.

“We’re looking forward. … How we respond to anything is how we forge our identity.”

With its bye week coming up, Las Vegas looks to win back-to-back games for the first time since opening 3-0. Carr remains one of the NFL’s top passers, ranking second with 1,946 yards. He’s thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

However, the Raiders need to wake up a run game that ranks 30th (79.8 yards per game) in the league. Josh Jacobs, a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his first two NFL seasons, has totaled just 175 on 54 carries in four games.

Perhaps that revival happens this weekend against the Eagles (2-4), who are 28th in the league, allowing 135.3 rushing yards per game.

The Eagles rallied from a 28-7 second-half hole to make things interesting versus Tampa Bay at home on Oct. 14. However, they fell 28-22, despite a touchdown pass and two scores on the ground from Jalen Hurts.

Philadelphia has lost all three of its home games, but is 2-1 on the road — winning at Atlanta and Carolina. Hurts has thrown five of his eight touchdowns this season on the road, where he’s completing 66.7 percent of his passes. At home, Hurts is completing just 57.7 percent of his attempts.

Still, the focus for first-year Eagles coach Nick Sirianni isn’t about where his team plays well, but that it’s able to do so on a consistent basis.

“We all want to win. We all want to win right now,” Sirianni said.

“I can’t let myself ride the highs and lows. If I ride the highs and lows, then the rest of the team will ride the highs and lows. I have to stay steady. … If you continue to get better every single day it will put you in position to go 1-0 every week.”

Philadelphia goes into this contest for the first time without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, who was traded to Arizona a day after the loss to the Buccaneers. The Eagles do have three-time Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson back with the team following a two-week absence due to mental health issues, however, it’s unlikely he’ll be available this weekend after missing the past three games.

Raiders starting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (hip) returned to practice after sitting out last week. Las Vegas also signed veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant this week.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) prepare to block against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles OT Lane Johnson set to return, addressed mental health during absence

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is back with the team after missing three games to address his mental health.

Johnson thanked “everyone for their understanding and support” in a social media post.

“I appreciate the positive notes and messages as I’ve worked hard to restore my personal life. Depression and anxiety are things I’ve dealt with for a long time and have kept hidden from my friends and family,” Johnson said. “If you’re reading this and struggling, please know that you are not alone. I am excited to re-join my teammates and coaches. I’m grateful for the entire Eagles community and look forward to continuing to play in front of the best fans in the world!”

Johnson, 31, last took the field for the Eagles in Week 3. He was inactive Week 4 without being on the injury report in advance of Philadelphia playing the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Eagles’ offensive line has been inconsistent without Johnson and while facing other injuries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts after his touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NFL’s Bucs-Eagles matchup tops NLDS Game 5 in TV ratings

On Friday, the NFL received good news in the form of its Thursday Night Football regular-season matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles averaging 14.42 million viewers across all platforms, which easily outpaced Major League Baseball’s postseason game in a head-to-head comparison.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ nail-biting 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 drew 6.5 million viewers for TBS (an increase over Game 4’s 5.15 million watchers), and received the largest audience for an National League Division Series game since Game 5 between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals in 2017 (7.02 million).

Additionally for the NFL, Tampa Bay-Philadelphia reached the NFL’s second-largest digital audience ever, at 1.5 million.

Last season’s San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals matchup on Dec. 26 remains the high for digital audience at 4.8 million average viewers, though that mark was achieved without a traditional national broadcast — the game was only aired locally and digitally.

The 14.42 million total for Bucs-Eagles was up 14 percent from last season’s Week 6 game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs (12.7 million).

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles trade veteran TE Zach Ertz to Cardinals

The Philadelphia Eagles traded veteran tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl LII champion, Ertz had been with the Eagles since 2013 and ranks second in franchise history with 579 receptions — 10 shy of record-holder Harold Carmichael.

Ertz, 30, caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in a farewell performance Thursday night, a 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

“He will always be a member of the Eagles family, not only because of what he accomplished on the field, but also because of the wonderful person, dedicated leader, and exemplary role model that he was for nine seasons in Philadelphia,” Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said.

An emotional Ertz spoke Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

“What a journey it’s been. What an amazing journey, what an amazing eight-plus years, nine years here,” Ertz said. “Obviously I’m extremely excited to be going to the Arizona Cardinals and play with a team that is rolling right now and be able to add my skill set to that team. Ecstatic about that situation.”

Still, he’s leaving a piece of himself behind.

“This is home. Philadelphia is home,” Ertz continued while choking up. “… I love this place. I’ve said it all along. It was a great opportunity to be here. I loved it here.”

Drafted in the second round out of Stanford in 2013, Ertz finishes his Eagles career with 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns in 123 games (85 starts). He posted career highs in 2018 with 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight scores.

Ertz caught seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Ertz reportedly was seeking a new contract from the Eagles but has not yet discussed his contract situation with the Cardinals, according to ESPN. He is owed about $5.5 million for the remainder of this season.

Although not eligible to play this Sunday when Arizona (5-0) visits the Cleveland Browns (3-2), Ertz is in line to take over for the injured Maxx Williams. Williams, 27, is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in last Sunday’s 17-10 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals’ tight end depth chart also includes Darrell Daniels and Demetrius Harris.

Dallas Goedert, the Eagles’ other top tight end, missed Thursday night’s game on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Gowan, 23, is a rookie sixth-round pick out of UCF and had yet to play for the Cardinals this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady’s two TD passes lead Bucs past Eagles

Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns and Leonard Fournette rushed for two as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers notched a 28-22 victory over the host Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

Antonio Brown (nine receptions, 93 yards) and O.J. Howard caught scoring passes while Fournette rushed for 81 yards on 22 carries and caught six passes for 46 yards to pace Tampa Bay (5-1). Jamel Dean recorded an interception as the Buccaneers won their third straight game.

Brady didn’t appear to be hampered by his sore passing thumb as he completed 34 of 42 tosses for 297 yards. However, his franchise record of 227 passes without an interception came to an end when Philadelphia’s Anthony Harris picked him off late in the first half.

Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one for the Eagles (2-4), who lost for the fourth time in five games. Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass and Alex Singleton racked up 15 tackles.

Hurts completed 12 of 26 passes for 115 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 44 yards.

Philadelphia had just 99 total yards through three quarters and finished with 213. The Buccaneers gained 399 yards and had 27 first downs to 16 for the Eagles.

Philadelphia moved within 28-22 as Hurts scored on a 1-yard run and followed with a two-point conversion pass to Quez Watkins with 5:54 left.

However, the Eagles never saw the ball again. Brady connected with Brown on a key 27-yard, third-down completion and he later got a first down on a third-down quarterback sneak, allowing the Buccaneers to run out the clock.

Tampa Bay scored on its first possession when Brady tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Howard.

The Eagles knotted the score on Hurts’ 5-yard pass to Ertz with 6:01 left in the opening quarter. Tampa Bay went back ahead when Brady connected with Brown on a 23-yard scoring pass with 33 seconds left in the first period.

Fournette scored on a 2-yard run with 1:56 left in the half as the Buccaneers took a 21-7 lead into the break.

Fournette scored from the 1 to make it a 21-point margin with 5:47 left in the third quarter. Hurts scrambled in from the 6 as the Eagles trimmed their deficit to 28-14 with 2:15 left in the stanza.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (COVID-19) won’t play Thursday night

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert has not cleared COVID-19 protocols and will miss Thursday night’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Goedert, 26, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday along with guard Sua Opeta.

He has 15 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season, his fourth year with Philadelphia.

The Eagles (2-3) elevated tight end Noah Togiai and tackle Le’Raven Clark from the practice squad to the active roster as COVID-19 replacements for the game against the Buccaneers (4-1).

–Field Level Media