Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) evades Indianapolis Colts defenders on a fourth down play Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Desperate Packers take shot at suddenly mortal Eagles

After a pristine 8-0 start, the Philadelphia Eagles have some things to tidy up heading into Sunday night’s visit from Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles (9-1) followed a Week 10 home loss to Washington by rallying for a late 17-16 win last Sunday at Indianapolis.

“When you have to win like that and it’s got to be grimy and gritty, that’s who we are,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said of the win against the Colts. “We are nasty. We are physical. That’s the type of team we are.”

Philadelphia trailed at halftime in the last two games after leading at the break in each of the first eight. The Eagles also turned the ball over four times against the Commanders and twice more against the Colts, after committing only three turnovers combined through the first eight contests.

Such trends are a bit worrying entering the Week 12 primetime clash against the somewhat desperate Packers (4-7), but the NFC-leading Eagles prefer to focus on the resiliency they showed against the Colts.

Down 13-3 entering the fourth quarter, Jalen Hurts threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins with 13:31 to play and rushed up the middle for the go-ahead, 7-yard score with 1:20 left.

“You have to find a way to win,” Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. “That’s what it is. That’s all that matters. Find a way to win. For us to be where we are speaks to the character we have here. We’re going to fight you to the very end. That’s what this team is all about.”

After showing some fight with a 31-28 overtime win against Dallas in Week 10, Green Bay lacked offensive punch in a 27-17 home loss to Tennessee on Nov. 17. The Packers were held to 56 rushing yards and 271 total yards by the Titans, who never trailed.

Still dealing with an injured right thumb — which he admitted was broken at the end of a Week 5 loss against the New York Giants, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 227 yards with two touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson in the Thursday night loss to Tennessee. That gave Watson five TD catches in the span of five days.

“He’s playing really well, and I think he’s figuring out how he fits into this offense and he’s staying on the field,” fellow receiver Randall Cobb said of Watson, a 2022 second-round pick.

Following three consecutive 13-win regular seasons under head coach Matt LaFleur, barring a rebound the Packers appear poised to miss the playoffs for just the fourth time in Rodgers’ 15 seasons as the starter.

Rodgers isn’t giving up. After games at Philadelphia and at Chicago, Green Bay has a bye week before playing three of its last four at Lambeau Field.

“We gotta play up to our potential,” Rodgers said after losing to the Titans. “If we play up to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m confident of that.”

Offensive linemen David Bakhtiari (knee), Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Rasheed Walker (illness) did not practice for the Packers on Wednesday. Neither did linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee), safeties Rudy Ford (illness) and Tariq Carpenter (illness) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle).

The Eagles held a walk-through practice on Wednesday and cornerback Josh Jobe (hamstring) was the only player on the injury report, listed as a limited participant. He has not played since Week 9.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) fires off a pass as Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97) move in Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Robert Scheer-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles rebound to spoil Jeff Saturday’s home debut with Colts

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles rebounded from their first setback of the season and spoiled Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday’s home debut by rallying for a 17-16 win on Sunday in Indianapolis.

The Eagles (9-1) trailed 13-3 entering the fourth quarter before Hurts threw a touchdown pass and rushed for the go-ahead score. Hurts finished with 190 passing yards and 86 rushing yards.

The Colts (4-6-1) fell to 1-1 under Saturday, who replaced the fired Frank Reich on Nov. 7. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown and Matt Ryan passed for 213 yards.

Hurts’ 22-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins with 13:31 left in the game cut the Colts’ lead to 13-10.

Each team fumbled on its next possession. Three plays after Taylor coughed one up near midfield, Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown had the ball punched out by Zaire Franklin and recovered for the Colts by Eric Johnson at the Indy 34-yard line.

Chase McLaughlin’s 37-yard field goal pushed the Colts’ lead back to 16-10 with 4:37 to play.

Aided by a 39-yard pass-interference penalty and a clutch 3-yard run by Hurts on fourth-and-2, the Eagles grabbed their first lead at 17-16 on Hurts’ 7-yard touchdown run and Jake Elliott’s extra point with 1:20 left.

The Colts turned it over on downs on their final possession, with Brandon Graham picking up a big sack on third down.

The Eagles saw their streak of 14 consecutive regular-season games with at least 20 points come to an end.

The Colts marched 75 yards in 10 plays on the game’s opening drive, capped by Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Elliott’s 22-yard field goal made it 7-3 with 4:54 left before halftime.

Indianapolis took a 10-3 lead into the break with McLaughlin’s 51-yard field goal.

Hurts fumbled on the first snap of the second half, with Yannick Ngakoue jarring the ball loose and Grover Stewart recovering for Indianapolis.

The Colts took a 13-3 lead after the turnover on McLaughlin’s 36-yard field goal. It was the only score of the third quarter, as McLaughlin later missed wide right from 50.

Philadelphia signed defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph this week and the veterans combined on a sack of Ryan midway through the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) walks onto the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles DTs Ndamukong Suh, Linval Joseph active vs. Colts

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph are listed as active for Sunday’s game against the host Indianapolis Colts.

Suh signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Thursday, one day after Joseph inked a one-year deal.

While Suh and Joseph are listed as active, quarterback Ian Book, cornerback Josh Jobe, running back Trey Sermon and guards Josh Sills and Sua Opeta were labeled inactive by Philadelphia (8-1).

Indianapolis (4-5-1) listed the following players as inactive: safety Trevor Denbow, quarterback Nick Foles, defensive end Kwity Payte, tackle Matt Pryor, wide receiver Mike Strachan, defensive tackle Chris Williams and tight end Jelani Woods.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) walks onto the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles sign free agent DT Ndamukong Suh to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with free agent and three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a one-year contract Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Eagles, who signed veteran defensive lineman Linval Joseph to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Suh, 35, played the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and became a free agent in March.

He started all 17 games in 2021 and contributed 27 tackles, 13 quarterback hits, six sacks and one fumble recovery.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Suh has 70.5 sacks and nine fumble recoveries (three for touchdowns) in 191 games (all starts) with the Detroit Lions (2010-14), Miami Dolphins (2015-17), Los Angeles Rams (2018) and Bucs.

The Eagles signed Joseph in response to defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu being placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) in a game against the Washington Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

One is enough: Eagles eager to erase losing feeling in Indy

There is no time for reflection as the Philadelphia Eagles hit the road following the team’s first loss of the season Monday night.

Now with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys nipping at their heels in the NFC East, the Eagles will pay a visit to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia (8-1) is gearing up to recover quickly from Monday’s stunning 32-21 home loss to the Washington Commanders when they travel to play the Colts (4-5-1).

The Eagles lead the Giants by one game and the Cowboys by two and will play New York twice and Dallas once over the season’s final five weeks.

The Colts are a more pressing concern.

Indianapolis is coming off a 25-20 victory at Las Vegas in interim coach Jeff Saturday’s debut, with on-again/off-again starter Matt Ryan throwing the game-winning TD with 5:07 left.

Jonathan Taylor ran for 147 yards (with a 66-yard touchdown) against the Raiders and will be facing a Philadelphia defense that has allowed 464 yards on the ground over the last three games.

“They are going to run until we stop it,” Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said after Monday’s defeat. “We’ve got to fix our issues.”

Making his debut as the Colts’ offensive play-caller, Parks Frazier saw his team score more than 20 points for just the second time all season.

“You don’t know when you get in the moment how you’re going to respond,” Frazier said. “For me, just being in the moment and everything just felt natural to me. I think that gave me a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Frazier has some familiarity with the Philadelphia playbook, having worked on the Indianapolis staff with Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.

The chess match goes both ways, as Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen held the same roles together with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020.

“They do a great job running the ball, obviously, and they do a great job getting the ball into their playmakers’ hands,” Bradley said of the Eagles. “… What separates them is you go into a game saying how do we limit these explosive plays?

“If they’re on the field a lot, they’re going to score a lot of points.”

The teams are polar opposites entering Week 11 when it comes to turnovers.

The Eagles still lead the NFL with a plus-13 turnover differential despite four giveaways on Monday night — one more than they had in their first eight games combined. Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson leads the NFL with six interceptions, all in his last five games.

The Colts rank 31st with nine more turnovers than takeaways, and Ryan is tied for second in the league with nine interceptions. In nine career games against Philadelphia, Ryan has a 4-5 record with 17 touchdown passes and 12 picks.

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is out after sustaining a shoulder injury Monday.

“It’s not going to be easy to replace Dallas, and it’s not just one guy that’s going to do it. That stinks for us as a team, stinks for Dallas,” Sirianni said.

Cornerback Josh Jobe didn’t practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. Wide receivers A.J. Brown (ankle) and DeVonta Smith (knee) were limited, as were center Jason Kelce (ankle), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (foot) and linebacker Haason Reddick (thigh).

Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard had season-ending back surgery Tuesday. Defensive end Kwity Paye left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and did not practice Wednesday. Neither did running back Deon Jackson (knee), defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (neck) or cornerback Kenny Moore II (illness).

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) is tackled by the Washington Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles put TE Dallas Goedert (shoulder) on IR

The Philadelphia Eagles placed starting tight end Dallas Goedert on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

He’ll have to miss at least four games. It is not believed to be a season-ending injury.

The move was one of several the Eagles made Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu was also placed on IR with an undisclosed injury. He played in nine games, including a start on Monday against the Washington Commanders. The second-year player has 16 tackles and a sack on the season.

The Eagles signed veteran journeyman Linval Joseph to a one-year contract in hopes of bolstering their run defense.

The Eagles also activated tight end Tyree Jackson from the physically unable to perform list, the final day to do so. He joins Jack Stoll and rookie Grant Calcaterra in the tight end room.

The team opened the 21-day practice window for defensive end Janarius Robinson, who has been on injured reserve since Oct. 15.

Goedert was injured during Monday night’s loss to Washington. Goedert apparently sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter when he was yanked down by the facemask and landed awkwardly, resulting in a fumble. No facemask penalty was called on the play.

Goedert had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in the previously unbeaten Eagles’ 32-21 setback against the visiting Commanders.

Goedert, 27, has 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns in nine starts this season. He ranks second in the league in yards and fourth in catches among tight ends.

Goedert has 236 catches for 2,839 yards and 19 TDs in 66 career games (49 starts) in four-plus seasons, all with the Eagles.

Joseph, 34, has yet to play a game in 2022. He played the previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers. The two-time Pro Bowler has 644 tackles and 25 sacks in 171 career games (162 starts) with three teams.

Also Wednesday, the Eagles signed safety Marquise Blair to the practice squad. He takes the spot of wideout Auden Tate, who was released Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) runs with the ball against Washington Commanders safety Bobby McCain (20) after a catch during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (shoulder) to miss time

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is set to miss extended time with a shoulder injury sustained during Monday night’s loss to Washington, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The injury is not season-ending, per the report.

Goedert apparently suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter when he was yanked down by the facemask and landed awkwardly, resulting in a fumble. No facemask penalty was called on the play.

Goedert had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in the previously unbeaten Eagles’ 32-21 setback against the visiting Commanders.

Goedert, 27, has 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns in nine starts this season. He ranks second in the league in yards and fourth in catches among tight ends.

Goedert has 236 catches for 2,839 yards and 19 TDs in 66 career games (49 starts) in four-plus seasons, all with the Eagles.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. (8) runs with the ball Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders end Eagles’ unbeaten run to start season

Members of the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins can now relax as Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Commanders handed the Eagles their first loss of the season, 32-21, on Monday night in Philadelphia.

The Commanders (5-5) controlled the clock and made timely takeaways, bringing a stunning halt to the best start in franchise history for the Eagles (8-1).

Washington converted 12 of 21 third downs against what had been a dominant defense all season. The Commanders ran 81 plays and held the ball for 40:24 of the 60 minutes. Philadelphia turned the ball over four times, one more than its total from the first eight games.

Heinicke was an efficient 17 of 29 for 211 yards, making his case to remain the starter when Carson Wentz comes off injured reserve. Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson both rushed for touchdowns, and Joey Slye kicked four field goals.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had won a team-record 11 straight regular-season starts, a span that included three wins against Washington, including Week 3 this season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another.

Hurts’ 11-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith on the first play of the fourth quarter got the Eagles within 23-21.

After Washington’s Jamin Davis forced and recovered a fumble by Dallas Goedert, getting away with a facemask grab on the play, Slye’s 55-yard field goal made it 26-21 with 7:33 left.

The Eagles’ next drive also ended with a fumble by Quez Watkins after a 50-yard grab. Benjamin St-Juste jarred the ball loose and Darrick Forrest recovered.

Washington forced a three-and-out on Philadelphia’s next possession. The Eagles got the ball back with five seconds left at their own 10, but an attempt to advance the ball with laterals backfired as Casey Toohill recovered a fumble for a touchdown on the final play.

Washington led 20-14 at halftime and 23-14 through three quarters.

Josh Sweat sacked and stripped Heinicke on the game’s first possession. Hurts punched it in from the 1 for a 7-0 lead just 2:39 into the game.

Washington answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Gibson, capping a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

Hurts tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Goedert for a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

Washington outscored Philly 13-0 in the second quarter with a 44-yard field goal by Slye, a 1-yard run by Robinson and a career-long 58-yard field goal by Slye as time expired.

Slye’s 32-yard field goal with 5:13 left supplied the only points of the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

Nov 3, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) warms up prior to the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Unbeaten Eagles eye long-term goals, seek sweep of Commanders

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts’ franchise-record streak of 11 straight regular-season wins includes three games against Washington.

Hurts will look to build on those numbers when the Eagles (8-0) host the Commanders (4-5) on Monday night.

During last season’s successful playoff push, Hurts and Philadelphia defeated Washington in Weeks 15 and 17. The Eagles beat the Commanders 24-8 on the road in Week 3 this season, with Hurts passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns and the defense sacking Carson Wentz nine times.

Wentz (2017), Donovan McNabb (2003) and Norm Van Brocklin (1960) shared the previous Philadelphia record with nine consecutive regular-season victories.

As the Eagles look to continue the best start in franchise history, Hurts keeps his eye on the big picture.

“I know it’s special for the city of Philadelphia, but I’ve been 8-0 before and lost in the national championship (at Alabama). So just take it day by day,” Hurts said. “We haven’t accomplished anything yet, and it’s a day-by-day thing of us controlling the things we can, playing to our standard and trying to grow every day. I think that’s truly what it’s about.”

Setting aside the “day by day” cliche, Hurts is enjoying a terrific season with career highs in completion rate (68.2 percent) and passer rating (107.8) and just three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) on 557 snaps.

“The way he has been playing, the way he goes about his process and his business, it’s tremendous,” offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said. “The guys feed off it. You see it on the practice field, you see it in the meeting rooms, and to carry it over every Sunday and being consistent — that’s what you want in a quarterback, and he’s doing that now.”

The well-rested Eagles are playing their fourth game in prime time, having already taken down the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in Week 2, the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night in Week 6 and the Houston Texans in their most recent contest on Thursday night in Week 9.

The Commanders, now with Taylor Heinicke under center, had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 20-17 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. Washington, which led 17-7 early in the fourth quarter, has held the lead at some point in each of its past six games but is 3-3 in that span.

“It can be feast or famine at times with him,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said of Heinicke, who is 9-9 as a starter for Washington. “But he’s done the things needed to do to give ourselves an opportunity.”

After leading a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8, Heinicke threw a fourth-quarter interception in the Week 9 collapse against Minnesota.

“A roller coaster ride, man,” Rivera said. “You watch him do the things that he does, when he’s running the operation out there, he’s very confident and makes a lot of good decisions where to throw the ball. A couple times it comes out hot and high, but (he’s played) well enough to give us a chance to win in two of the last three games.”

Linebacker Cole Holcomb (foot) and running back J.D. McKissic (neck) did not practice Thursday for Washington. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring), center Tyler Larsen (back) and linebacker David Mayo (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity.

The only players on Philadelphia’s injury report Thursday were cornerbacks Josh Jobe and Avonte Maddox, who both missed practice with hamstring injuries, and fellow cornerback Josiah Scott (ankle), who was limited.

–Field Level Media

Nov 3, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) leaps with the ball as Houston Texans defensive tackle Thomas Booker IV (56) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles down Texans to reach 8-0 for first time

Jalen Hurts passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns and the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles overcame a feisty first-half effort from the host Houston Texans en route to a 29-17 victory on Thursday.

Philadelphia, the NFL’s lone undefeated team, improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Hurts completed 21 of 27 attempts and overcame a first-half fumble while playing in his hometown for the first time as a professional. He was steady in stewarding an Eagles offense that encountered relatively few obstacles from the Texans (1-6-1) while amassing 360 total yards.

Hurts’ first scoring pass broke a tie midway through the third quarter and followed a critical turnover by Texans quarterback Davis Mills. After pressing the pocket while under duress, Mills made an errant toss that was picked off by Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who returned his league-leading fifth interception 25 yards to the Houston 17-yard line.

Two plays later, Hurts found A.J. Brown for a 17-yard touchdown that put Philadelphia in front 21-14 with 8:04 left in the third.

Houston turned its commitment to the ground game into a 12-play, 63-yard scoring drive that culminated with a Ka’imi Fairbairn 30-yard field goal at the 1:15 mark of the third, a drive that included eight running plays. Rookie Dameon Pierce, who rushed for 139 yards on 27 carries, did the bulk of the work.

When Hurts connected with Dallas Goedert (eight catches, 100 yards) on a 4-yard scoring pass with 11:22 left to play, the Eagles extended their lead to a dozen points with Hurts’ subsequent successful two-point conversion run. That drive covered 75 yards in 10 plays, the Eagles’ third touchdown march of at least 10 plays.

The previous two such drives came in the first half. The Eagles erased a 7-0 deficit with an 18-play, 91-yard march that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown run from Miles Sanders on fourth down. Kenneth Gainwell capped the Eagles’ 10-play, 79-yard drive with a 4-yard run that lifted the visitors to a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter.

After leading Houston to a score on its first possession for the first time this season, Mills’ 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore knotted the score with 43 seconds left in the half.

Mills’ first scoring pass was to rookie tight end Teagan Quitoriano, who joined the 53-man roster earlier Thursday. Mills’ strike to Moore was initially ruled incomplete prior to a replay reversal.

Mills connected on 13 of 22 passes for 154 yards and threw two picks.

–Field Level Media