By David McDonnell
It was a much better than expected Thursday Night Football, but the Eagles never looked in any danger of losing this contest.
This was a Philly team that won in second gear for the most part. On offence Dallas Goedert, Jason Kelce and Miles Sanders were impressive but the best player on the field was defensive tackle Jevon Hargrave, who put the Texans O-line under pressure all night and finished with three sacks on Davis Mills.
The game opened with a touchdown for the underdog Texans when David Mills found 6 ‘6 rookie tight-end Teagan Quitoriano after a 75-yard opening drive by the home team.
Philly did what they have done all seasons and ran the ball to great effect for the rest of teh half. They replied with an 18-play drive and Miles Saunders ran behind Landon Dickerson to tie the game at the end of the first quarter.
Another run-heavy drive with Sanders and Jalen Hurts doing most of the damage ended on the 10th play when Kenneth Gainwell ran into the endzone for the Eagles 16th rushing TD of the season.
At the end of the second quarter, Damien Pierce was much to the fore and helped bring Houston down the field. Mills then found Chris Moore with a dart to the right of the endzone to tie the contest 14-14 at halftime.
In the second half, it was an even contest for the most part but Philadelphia kept their noses in front. Hurts found AJ Brown as the Eagles retook the lead.
Although Ka’imi Fairbairn made it a four-point game by the end of the third quarter, Dallas Goedert extended Philadelphia’s advantage into a two-score lead after an impressive drive where he featured heavily.
A Hurts converted two-point conversion left the final score at 29-17 as the Eagles go 8-0 and remain top seeds in the NFC.