Nov 28, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles punter Arryn Siposs (8) is tackled by New York Giants free safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants take advantage of Eagles turnovers to prevail

Daniel Jones passed for 202 yards and a touchdown and the New York Giants forced four turnovers to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 13-7 Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions, two of them in the red zone, and Boston Scott lost a fumble with 1:34 left as Philadelphia attempted to mount a game-winning drive.

The Eagles got one more chance with the ball in the final minute, but Jalen Reagor dropped a high pass at the goal line.

The Giants (4-7) won for the third time in their past five games and beat the Eagles (5-7) for the second straight time after Philadelphia had won eight in a row in the series.

In the Giants’ first game since firing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens assumed play-calling duties. The Giants gained 264 yards, 4.6 per play, as Daniel Jones completed 19 of 30 throws and added 30 rushing yards.

Hurts led an Eagles rushing attack that gained 208 yards. He led the team with 77 yards on the ground and threw for 129 on 14-of-31 passing.

Graham Gano got the Giants on the board first with a 35-yard field goal at the end of their second drive. Jones kept that drive going with a successful fourth-and-1 sneak.

Hurts drove Philadelphia to the Giants’ 20-yard line before floating a pass into traffic, which Darnay Holmes intercepted.

Late in the second quarter, the Eagles drove 92 yards to the New York 2. But on third and goal with eight seconds left in the half, Hurts threw a pick straight to Tae Crowder, ensuring the Giants would keep the 3-0 lead at intermission.

Jones found tight end Chris Myarick for a 1-yard touchdown on New York’s first possession of the second half. Diving to the ground, Myarick secured the ball between his knees for his first career reception.

Scott pushed his way in for a touchdown from a yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter, capping a 10-play Eagles drive. They forced a quick three-and-out to get the ball back, but Giants defenders Austin Johnson and Julian Love stuffed Hurts for a sack on third down near midfield.

The Giants chewed up 7:22 of game clock on a 12-play, 70-yard drive but only came away with a field goal Gano converted from 39 yards.

Down six, the Eagles pieced together a comeback drive, but on a carry, the ball popped out of Scott’s hands and right to Love for New York’s fourth takeaway. The Eagles burned their three timeouts to prevent the Giants from bleeding the rest of the clock.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts runs for 3 TDs as Eagles take down Saints

Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns and Darius Slay returned an interception for a touchdown as the host Philadelphia Eagles held off the New Orleans Saints 40-29 on Sunday afternoon.

Hurts passed for 147 yards and ran for 69 as the Eagles (5-6) had 242 yards on the ground against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked run defense. Philadelphia won at home for the first time since a 24-21 victory against the Saints in Week 14 last season and won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Trevor Siemian, who had not thrown an interception in two previous starts since Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury, threw two picks, including Slay’s touchdown. Siemian completed 22 of 40 for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans (5-5) lost its third straight.

Jake Elliott kicked two third-quarter field goals to extend the Eagles’ 27-7 halftime lead. Elliott kicked a 33-yarder, and after T.J. Edwards recovered Mark Ingram’s fumble at the Saints 41, he added a 47-yarder for a 33-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Siemian threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway and ran 17 yards for a touchdown before Brett Maher kicked a 28-yard field goal get New Orleans within 33-22 with 7:14 remaining.

Hurts ran 24 yards for a touchdown and a 40-22 lead with 3:59 left.

Siemian threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey to complete the scoring with 45 seconds left.

Hurts had touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Christian Ringo recovered Miles Sanders’ fumble at the Eagles’ 6-yard line, leading to Siemian’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Elliott kicked field goals of 50 and 37 yards to increase the lead to 20-7.

New Orleans tried to put together a drive late in the second quarter, but Slay intercepted Siemian’s pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left, giving Philadelphia a 27-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans running back D   Onta Foreman (7) runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Painful streaks haunting Saints and Eagles ahead of their matchup

The New Orleans Saints have lost two games in a row by two points in the final moments.

Two weeks ago, the Atlanta Falcons kicked a winning field goal as time expired.

Last week at Tennessee, the Saints had a chance to tie but failed on a two-point conversion with 1:16 left, then couldn’t recover an onside kick.

At 5-4, they’re one game behind NFC South-leading Tampa Bay and anxious to get back on a winning track when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“It’s gut wrenching,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “There’s so much that goes into the week. It’s always difficult when you lose and then when you lose in (this) fashion, that’s even more difficult to accept.

“You have to regroup and get your players back and kind of get the focus and the energy shifted so one doesn’t become two and two doesn’t become three.”

This is just the fourth time in the last five seasons that New Orleans has lost consecutive games. It hasn’t lost three straight in that time.

The Saints played last week without injured running back Alvin Kamara, their most productive offensive player. Kamara (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, but his status for Sunday is uncertain.

Trevor Siemian has had two straight interception-free games as a starter since replacing Jameis Winston, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in New Orleans’ last victory three weeks ago.

He brought his team back from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Falcons to briefly take a lead with a minute left. He then brought the team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to the brink of tying the Titans.

“We’ve got to play better early,” Siemian said.

The Eagles (4-6) are coming off perhaps their best game of the season, a 30-13 victory at Denver last Sunday, but they have yet to win at home. They have lost their last five home games, last winning against the Saints 24-21 in Week 14 last season.

In that game, Philadelphia ended New Orleans’ NFL-record of 55 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. In his first NFL start, Jalen Hurts rushed for 106 yards and Miles Sanders rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles ended the Saints’ nine-game winning streak.

Sanders has missed the last three games because of an ankle injury, but he participated in the team’s walk-through Wednesday and might be available Sunday.

“If Miles is healthy and ready to go, he’s our starter,” first-year head coach Nick Sirianni said. “We want to make sure that he’s healthy and ready to go. That’s going to be an ongoing thing throughout the week.”

Philadelphia has placed a greater emphasis on the running game in recent weeks, even in Sanders’ absence.

Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenny Gainwell have filled in and the Eagles have averaged 208.7 rushing yards in the last three games. Hurts leads the team with 547 rushing yards for the season.

“When you have these guys who have been running the ball well, that’s a good problem to have,” Sirianni said. “It speaks to the depth that we have here in the running back room.

“It’s a 17-game season. You’re going to have some bumps and bruises throughout the way. It’s important that the guys that step in for the starters are ready to go.”

Over the past three weeks the Eagles are averaging 32.7 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers convert game-winning FG to get by Eagles

Dustin Hopkins made a 29-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Hopkins’ game-winner completed a 15-play, 64-yard drive. Justin Herbert threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for Los Angeles’ other touchdown. Keenan Allen caught 12 passes for 104 yards while Austin Ekeler rushed for 59 yards and also caught three passes for the Chargers (5-3).

Jalen Hurts threw for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (3-6). Hurts also rushed for 62 yards and Jordan Howard had 71 rushing yards and a touchdown. DeVonta Smith hauled in five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles led 10-7 at halftime.

The Chargers drove 98 yards on their first possession but came up empty. Starting from their own 1-yard line, they ran off 15 plays but turned the ball over on downs at Philadelphia’s 1.

After forcing a three-and-out, Los Angeles found the end zone. Jared Cook’s 23-yard reception set up Herbert’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Anderson.

Philadelphia tied it with a 75-yard drive, which Howard finished off with a 4-yard run. Smith’s 27-yard reception was the longest play during that possession.

The Eagles had a 68-yard drive late in the half but settled for Jake Elliott’s 24-yard field goal.

Hopkins’ 30-yard field goal early in the third tied the game. Herbert’s 8-yard scoring pass to Donald Parham gave the Chargers a 16-10 lead but the extra point was missed.

Philadelphia regained the lead on an 85-yard drive that Kenneth Gainwell completed with a 1-yard run. Hurts completed three passes of 19 yards or more during that span.

Los Angeles regained the lead with 11:32 remaining on Herbert’s 8-yard run. He also tossed a two-point conversion to Cook for a 24-17 lead.

Hurts’ 28-yard pass to Smith with 6:07 remaining tied it up. Hurts picked up first downs with his legs twice during the drive.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts returns to Eagles practice following illness

In the era of COVID-19 and its potential for season-changing impact due to forfeitures, certain eyebrows were raised when the Philadelphia Eagles scratched quarterback Jalen Hurts for a vague illness prior to their preseason game against the New England Patriots late last week.

But concerns over the Eagles losing their starting quarterback for any length of time were put to rest Sunday after Hurts was cleared to return to practice and participated fully.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that Hurts also participated in a walk through Saturday that was closed to media.

Sirianni chalked up Hurts’ absence to abdominal pain and recovery, saying the second-year player was “just resting his body, as you would with any illness, and getting himself back.”

Hurts, 23, played in 15 games as a rookie, starting four. He completed 77 of 148 passes for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions, adding 354 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) celebrates with offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (74)  after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots’ offense cruises in blowout win over Eagles

The New England Patriots gained 486 yards while holding the host Philadelphia Eagles to only 163 total yards in a 35-0 blowout in preseason play Thursday.

Cam Newton was 8-for-9 for 103 yards and a touchdown while rookie Mac Jones was 13 of 19 for 146 yards. Newton played the first three drives, leading the Patriots to two scores and a missed field goal attempt.

Rhamondre Stevenson had two rushing touchdowns and J.J. Taylor and Damien Harris each scored one for New England, which had 32 first downs compare to Philadelphia’s 14. The Patriots ended the game with 279 passing yards and 207 rushing yards.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts did not play in the game due to a non-COVID illness. Joe Flacco had 83 passing yards and one interception.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Steven Nelson (22) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles agree to terms with CB Steven Nelson

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with cornerback Steven Nelson, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March.

Nelson brings experience to a revamped Eagles secondary.

Nelson, 28, has started 68 of 82 games played in his career. He spent the past two seasons in Pittsburgh after he was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and played in Kansas City for four seasons.

He has seven interceptions, 291 tackles, a fumble forced and four fumble recoveries in his career. He had four interceptions in 2018 for the Chiefs.

In April’s draft, the Eagles selected Zech McPhearson out of Texas Tech in the fourth round to help shore up the cornerback position.

–Field Level Media

Delaware Sees Slight Dip in Betting Handle for October

In October, Delaware’s total sports betting handle dropped almost $2 million, from $16,830,010 in September to $14,738,223, according to the latest report from the Delaware Lottery. But that $14.7 million September handle is the second biggest since the First State became the first state outside Nevada to offer full-fledged, legal sports betting in June.

Previously the state offered parlay wagering on NFL contests only, an offering that was “grandfathered” in under the 1992 federal law ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in May. That law had banned full-fledged sports betting outside Nevada.

Delaware Park, located less than an hour from Philadelphia, remained the busiest sportsbook. Bettors placing $10.6 million in wagers there, compared to the $2.2 million handle at Dover Downs and $1.9 million at Harrington Raceway.

 
 

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PA Sports Betting License Applications Keep Rolling In

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board received its sixth application for a sports betting license when the Valley Forge Casino Resort filed paperwork on Wednesday. Owned by Boyd Gaming, the sportsbook will be run by FanDuel, which also partnered with Boyd Gaming for “sports betting and online gaming opportunities across the United States,” in August. FanDuel also runs the sportsbooks at two Boyd Gaming facilities in Mississippi, the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, and Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica.

The PGCB says there is no set timetable for approving the application. The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Nov. 28, which likely is too soon for the application to be considered. It’s more likely to be on the agenda for one of the December meeting dates.

Five casinos have already been approved for sports betting licenses in Pennsylvania, and in each of those cases, it took a minimum of 5 1/2 weeks between the date of application and board approval. None of the casinos have opened sportsbooks to date.

Harrah’s, Rivers and Sugarhouse Casinos Approved for PA Sports Wagering Certificates

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved applications for three more sports betting certificates at its Wednesday morning meeting, bringing the total number of casinos licensed for PA sports betting to five. Chester Downs and Marina, LLC (Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack), Holdings Acquisitions Co., LP (Rivers Casino) and SugarHouse HSAP Gaming, LP (SugarHouse Casino) all got board approval. Rivers and Sugarhouse are both owned by Rush Street Gaming.

Wednesday’s meeting went smoothly with all three applicants making detailed presentations. The petitions were approved immediately after the final presentation. Each company reviewed its gaming history, both in Pennsylvania and in other states, shared plans for what their temporary and permanent sportsbooks will look like and briefly touched on the desire to roll out internet and mobile gaming sooner than later. The focus on Wednesday, however, was the brick-and-mortar locations.

Pennsylvania initially made 13 sports betting certificates available — one for each licensed casino — and with Wednesday’s approvals, five have been claimed and approved.

 

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