Jalen Hurts ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score, and the Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7, Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles marched 82 yards on the game’s opening possession to take an early 7-0 lead. Hurts finished the 11-play drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock with a three-yard touchdown run.
Philadelphia pushed the lead to 14-0 to start the second quarter. Hurts connected with receiver Quez Watkins on a 53-yard scoring pass to put Minnesota in a two-touchdown hole.
The Vikings answered on their next possession with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:18 off the clock. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins hooked up with tight end Irv Smith on a two-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-7.
Both teams traded punts before the Eagles put together an 85-yard touchdown drive highlighted by a pair of first down strikes to wideout DeVonta Smith. Hurts scored his second rushing touchdown on a spectacular run around the right side to give Philadelphia a commanding 21-7 advantage.
Minnesota continued to sputter on offense and took just 23 seconds off the clock late in the first half. The Vikings finished the opening half with only 93 yards of total offense.
The Eagles started at their five-yard line with 81 seconds left in the second quarter and drove the ball 75 yards to set up a 38-yard field goal attempt. Jake Elliott drilled the ball between the goal posts as time expired to put Philadelphia on top, 24-7.
Cousins opened the third quarter with back-to-back interceptions, but the Vikings escaped any damage with Elliott’s 41-yard field goal blocked. Minnesota’s defense came up with a big play with 7:36 left in the game when linebacker Jordan Hicks intercepted an errant Hurts pass and returned it 19 yards to the Eagles’ nine-yard line. However, Philadelphia cornerback Darius Slay intercepted a pass from Cousins to seal the win.
Hurts completed 26 of 31 passes for 333 yards with one touchdown and an interception. The second-year quarterback ran the ball 11 times for 57 yards and two scores.
Miles Sanders paced an Eagles’ rushing attack that netted 163 yards. Sanders averaged 4.7 yards a carry with 80 yards on 17 attempts. Smith and tight-end Dallas Goedert were the top pass catchers. Smith had seven receptions for 80 yards, and Goedert finished with five catches for a team-high 82 yards. Watkins posted a pair of catches for 69 yards and a score, while A.J. Brown added five catches for 69 yards.
Cousins had a forgettable outing completing 27 of 46 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. The veteran signal-caller was sacked three times and was under duress for most of the game. The Vikings managed only 264 total yards of offense, including a meager 62 yards on the ground. Cousins was the leading rusher with 20 yards on two carries. Justin Jefferson caught six passes for 48 yards on a whopping 12 targets, and Adam Thielen had four catches for 52 yards.
Minnesota (1-1) will host the Detroit Lions (1-1) next Sunday in an NFC North matchup. The Vikings, Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears are all tied for first place with identical 1-1 records.
Philadelphia (2-0) will travel to Washington next weekend to battle the Commanders (1-1). The unbeaten Eagles are tied atop the NFC East with the surprising New York Giants.