Detroit Lions Stay Undefeated With Upset of Philadelphia Eagles
After the Philadelphia Eagles blocked a field goal by Malcolm Jenkins when they were trailing 27-24 in the fourth quarter, it appeared as if they had the Detroit Lions on the ropes late in the game. On a fourth-down play, Carson Wentz completed a pass to Darren Sproles and it would have been a first down, but Sproles was called for offensive pass interference.
Wentz threw a pass on the next play, but it was incomplete and intended for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Detroit was able to hang on for a 27-24 victory. Philadelphia was banged in this game. They did not have Alshon Jeffrey or DeSean Jackson at wide receiver.
Arcega-Whiteside caught one pass for 10 yards receiving.
Later in the first quarter, Philadelphia scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan Howard. He finished with 37 rushing yards on 11 carries. Miles Sanders was the leading rusher with 53 yards on 13 carries. He also was the leading receiver with two receptions for 73 yards receiving.
Kerryon Johnson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for Detroit in the second quarter. Johnson finished with 36 yards rushing on 20 carries and a score. He also caught one pass for seven yards receiving. J.D. McKissic was the leading rusher with 44 yards on one carry.
With the Eagles trailing 20-10 in the third quarter, Carson Wentz threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor.
On the Detroit Lions next drive, Matthew Stafford threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. Stafford completed 18-of-32 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one yard on three carries.
Jones Jr. caught six passes for 101 yards receiving and one touchdown. Danny Amendola caught four passes for 37 yards receiving.
With Philadelphia trailing 27-17 in the fourth quarter, Carson Wentz threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor. He finished with eight receptions for 50 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Zach Ertz also caught four passes for 64 yards receiving.
Wentz completed 19-of-36 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards on four carries.
This was a bad loss for the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though the Eagles have some injury issues right now, Philadelphia also has some issues on the defensive side of the ball.
It appears as if the Detroit Lions are starting to turn the corner in Matt Patricia’s second season as head coach. They also had a good start last season, but Detroit will need to keep its foot on the gas pedal. Even though they made some plays that almost cost them the game, the Lions were mentally tough down the stretch.
The Eagles are going to have a short week and they have a quick turnaround. Philadelphia is in a must-win situation heading into Week 4. The Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) are going to face the Green Bay Packers (3-0) on the road on Thursday night.
The Detroit Lions (2-0-1) are going to put their early lossless season on the line next Sunday at home when they take on a tough Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) ball club.
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