Eagles win ugly over Jaguars to remain only undefeated team in NFL

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The Eagles have shown they can win with offense this season.

They have shown they can win with defense.

Now they have shown they can even win in the rain.

The Eagles are now 4-0 following their 29-21 win on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars, an ugly game that forced them to fight back in terrible conditions after falling down 14-0. Fought back they did, however, and as a result they remain the top team in the NFC and the only undefeated team in the NFL.

Here are some takeaways from the win:

Jalen Hurts: Sunday was not Hurts’ best game, especially early on, but it was yet another week when he outplayed the opposing quarterback — and the Eagles won because of it.

Things started off bad for Hurts as he had perhaps his worst throw on season on the opening drive when he tried to get it to Zach Pascal about 15-yards down the field in double coverage, resulting in an interception that the Jaguars returned for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

It was a rare bad decision from Hurts and a rare turnover, two things he has been excellent at avoiding so far this season.

After the mistake, however, Hurts started to bring the team back.

Hurts took a massive hit on a 3-yard touchdown run midway though the second quarter, getting drilled as he crossed the goal line on fourth down. Hurts has been good this season about avoiding big hits, but had to take one there to score, and did it to give his team some life and get the Eagles back into the game.

Hurts helped lead the Eagles to touchdowns on their final three possessions of the first half, bringing the Eagles back from down 14-0 to up 20-14.

While Hurts calmed down and took care of the ball, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence did not, turning the ball over three times — which proved to be the difference in the game.

Defense: Another week, another dominating performance for Jonathan Gannon and the Eagles defense.

The Eagles held the Jaguars in check for the majority of the game after a slow start, and ended the day with four turnovers forced to just one touchdown allowed.

A huge play early on was Haason Reddick getting pressure on Lawrence on 4th-and-3 at the beginning of the second quarter, forcing him out of the pocket. Lawrence could have run for the first down but dropped the ball, which was recovered by Fletcher Cox. The Eagles scored on the next possession.

The Eagles defense helped keep the team in the game early, allowing only 7 points and coming away with two turnovers in the first half while allowing a total of 112 yards.

In the second half the defense stepped up again when cornerback James Bradberry picked off Lawrence in the red zone, ending a Jaguars drive that looked like it was going to end with a touchdown. They followed up that drive by forcing a turnover on the next drive as well when Reddick stripped the ball from Lawrence and recovered it as well.

The defense sealed the win when he had another strip sack on the Jaguars final possession of the game.

On the season the Eagles have forced 10 turnovers to just nine touchdowns allowed — the kind of dominating play everyone was hoping to see with all the talent they added this offseason.

Miles Sanders: The Eagles really needed a good running game on Sunday with the rain coming down and the wind blowing. Miles Sanders stepped up with his best game of the season.

Sanders looked explosive with the ball in hands, making defenders miss routinely and finishing with over 100 yards on the ground and a touchdown. He also made a huge play in the third quarter when he jumped on a fumbled snap the Jaguars were close to picking up.

Sanders got his second touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter when he pushed his way in from five-yards out to give the Eagles a 29-14 lead.

After a down season last year Sanders had bounced back in a big way this year.

Adversity: The Eagles haven’t faced much adversity this season as a result of being the best first-half offense in the NFL and (for the most part) dominating their opponents. On Sunday they got their first test, however, when they fell behind 14-0.

They passed that test in a big way.

After falling behind 14-0 the Eagles fought back to tie the game at 14 with touchdowns on back-to-back drives. The comeback started with a Jaguars fumble, but a tough touchdown run by Hurts was the play that fully got the Eagles back into the game.

By the time the teams went to the locker room the Eagles were up 20-14 and had what felt like complete control of the game.

Early on in the season, especially with this team looking like they can make a deep playoff run, watching this group of players pass certain tests is key. Through four games they have shown they can win a variety of different ways — and after Sunday they can cross off coming back from a big deficit as well.

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