Denver Broncos (5-5) – Philadelphia Eagles (4-6): 13-30
After a convincing win over the Cowboys, Denver had the opportunity to score a fourth win over the NFC East. However, the opposite happened, the Eagles stifled the Colorado players who multiplied the missed opportunities. Teddy Bridgewater (22/36, 227 yards) had a disastrous game (much more than the stats would suggest), and the ground game wasn’t able to make up for that poor performance.
On the Eagles’ side, Galen Hurts (16/23, 178 yards, 2 TD, 1 IQ, 53 yards off the ground) was able to count on an effective ground game, held by the Jordan Howard (83 yards)-Boston Scott (81 yards) duo. So much so that he only had to throw 3 passes in the second half for 2 yards. Enough because it really made the difference in the first chapter. Best of all, the defense woke up at the best time to make a difference.
Slaughtered Darius made a house call. 82 yards. #FlyEaglesFly
– NFL (NFL) November 14, 2021
With this win, Philadelphia remains in the race for the wild card, while the Broncos miss a great opportunity to qualify for the AFC.
Philadelphia starts strong, Denver on a plane
From the start of the game, the eagles proved that they didn’t come to make up the numbers. The running game is still in place, and Jalen Hurts-Devonta Smith duo (66 yards, 2 TD) continues to shine. After a first field goal, the Eagles scored a 36-yard touchdown from Smith (0-10). Despite Dallas Guedert coming off injured (28 yards), Philadelphia is in control of the game.
However, Denver is making a comeback very quickly. First on the ground, led by Melvin Gordon (44 yards, 1 TD, 1 touchdown), then on a field goal after a long reception by Albert Okwuegbunam (77 yards). In just 4 minutes, the Broncos tied (10-10).
Out of frustration, Philadelphia goes ahead, always with the same recipe. The races, including a superb one from Jalen Hurts, and a talented rookie receiver with Devonta Smith. The former Heisman Trephy scored for the second time in the game, and Philly returns to the lead (10-17). Before the break, the Eagles had 3 extra points, for what would have been a touchdown without a fall from Ques Watkins (33 yards). Jalen Hurts offers his best half since the start of the season, and the Eagles attack controls the clock (10-20).
Teddy Bridgewater’s nightmare
The beginning of the second act is more chaotic on both sides. Broncos missed the opportunity to return to the match with a field goal that was saved by K’Von Wallace. A few minutes later, it was a touchdown from Jafonte Williams who was called to catch him. Denver scores three points, but missed chances are expensive (13-20). The Eagles aren’t coming back from the locker room, and Galen Hurts isn’t even close to first-half level, as evidenced by his objection to Justin Simmons.
That’s when the Eagles’ defense turns the game around. After confusion from Melvin Gordon, Darius Sly recovered the ball and went back down for 82 yards. While the Broncos’ quarterback spent the attack, the gap widens for Philadelphia (13-27).
Eagles can kill game, especially using ground play. That’s what he’ll do with a new engine exclusively for racing, with Jordan Howard confirming his rebirth every week (13-30).
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