The Eagles made a statement in prime time, registering a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in the home opener at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles gave fans much to cheer as quarterback Jalen Harts was skilled, throwing for 333 yards on a 26-in-31 passing. He opened the game, adding to his first 11 pass attempts, setting up a new career. Hurts had one touchdown passing — a BOMB to Quiz Watkins for 53 yards — and two rushing scores as well as another 57 yards on the ground.
The defense ended the deal after the Eagles pulled out the Vikings for a 24-7 halftime lead without a score in the second half. Cornerback Darius Slay put Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson in control, with two interceptions and five pass breakups to position himself as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The defense forced three turnovers – all Kirk Cousins interceptions – and the Eagles are 2-0 up, their first ever NFC East showdown taking place next Sunday in Washington. Here’s how the game unfolded:
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and covered 82 yards in 11 plays as Jalen Hurts ended the drive by barreling through three Vikings defensive players for a 3-yard touchdown run, their second of the season. . Devonta Smith caught her first pass of the season on game before scrimmage, leading 5 yards. The main game of the drive was third and 13 passes for AJ Brown, his first reception as the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, for a 19-yard advantage to the Minnesota 10-yard line. Hurts was 5-for-5 for 63 yards with four different receivers completing. Miles Sanders added 14 ground yards on two carries. The Eagles lead 7-0 in the first quarter with 9:09.