Philadelphia Eagles run the ball well, but can't stop Chargers' QB Justin Herbert when it mattered most

PHILADELPHIA — In completion, the Eagles strategy to run the ball versus the NFL’s worst hurrying defense worked well, however not all right.

That’s due to the fact that Eagles could not stop Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who ended up being the 5th quarterback to finish a minimum of 80% of his passes versus the Eagles this season.

And that was insufficient as the Chargers’ Dustin Hopkins struck a 30-yard basket with 2 seconds delegated send out the Eagles to a 27-24 loss on Sunday.

Herbert finished 32 of 38 passes for 356 backyards and 2 goals. He finished 84.2% of his passes.

Still, the Eagles remained in the video game till completion behind a running attack that acquired 176 backyards on 39 brings. And quarterback Jalen Hurts finished 11 of 17 passes for 162 backyards and a goal.

That consisted of a 28-yard goal pass to novice DeVonta Smith with 6:07 delegated connect the video game.

Smith ended up with 5 catches for 116 backyards.

But the Eagles never ever had another shot as the Chargers drove down the field, utilizing the staying time prior to Hopkins’ basket.

Their finest opportunity included the Chargers choosing to opt for the very first down on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles’ 28 with 1:45 left. Herbert kept the ball on a quarterback sneak and got the initially down.

A 16-yard run by Austin Ekeler brought the ball to the 12. Herbert then surged the ball to stop the clock with 5 seconds left so Hopkins might kick the game-winning basket.

The Eagles (3-6) dropped to 0-4 in your home. Still, the Eagles’ tactical plan worked to a specific level, specifically in the very first half when they took a 10-7 lead.

But the Eagles missed out on a possibility to turn that basket into a goal to end the very first half when Hurts could not get in touch with Smith in the back corner of completion zone after Smith had an action on his protector.

The third-down incompletion established Jake Elliott’s 24-yard basket with 21 seconds left.

The Eagles acquired 115 backyards entering the very first half. Jordan Howard led the Eagles with 58 backyards on 12 brings and ended up with 71 backyards on 17 brings. Hurts had 62 backyards on 10 brings.

In all, the Eagles ran the ball 25 times in the very first half and attempted simply 9 passes.

The Eagles had the ability to take a lead at halftime due to the fact that they two times stopped the Chargers on 4th down as Los Angeles two times missed basket attempts.

The very first time began the Chargers’ opening ownership when L.A. started at its 1-yard line and drove to the Eagles’ 2-yard line where the Chargers dealt with a fourth-and-goal.

But reserve cornerback Andre Chachere hit Keenan Allen simply as he captured the ball, stopping him at the 1, where the Eagles took control of.

The 2nd time, the Chargers dealt with a 4th-and-2 from the Eagles’ 27 midway through the 2nd quarter. Joshua Kelly was stopped a lawn brief by linebacker T.J. Edwards.

But Herbert kept tossing and the Chargers took a 16-10 lead with 2 straight scoring drives, getting a basket and a TD prior to the Eagles returned to take a 17-16 lead on Kenny Gainwell’s 1-yard TD kept up 3:10 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Eagles still could not stop Herbert. And eventually, that carried out in the Eagles.

Darius Slay hurt

Eagles cornerback Darius Slay left the video game late in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury. He didn’t return. Rookie Zech McPhearson, who had actually played simply 2 protective snaps this season, changed him.

Slay was having a bumpy ride with Chargers’ receiver Mike Williams prior to leaving.

Chargers QB on target

Herbert ended up being the 5th quarterback to finish a minimum of 80% of his passes versus the Eagles going 32 of 38 for 356 backyards, finishing 84.2%.

His finest toss was a 49-yard conclusion throughout the field to Mike Williams, who made a good jumping catch with Slay supplying tight protection. Herbert ended up that drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Donald Parham Jr.

The 4 QBs who had actually formerly finished a minimum of 80% of their passes were Dallas’ Dak Prescott, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Las Vegas’ Derek Carr.

All of those groups scored a minimum of 33 points versus the Eagles.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert finished 32 of 38 passes for 356 backyards and 2 TDs versus the Eagles.

Jordan Howard ending up being TD maker

Jordan Howard invested the very first 7 video games on the practice team. But in 6 quarters as one of the fill-ins for Miles Sanders, who’s on hurt reserve, Howard has actually scored 3 goals.

He included his 3rd early in the 2nd quarter on a 4-yard run up the middle. Howard connected Boston Scott for hurrying TDs by running backs. Jalen Hurts has 5 hurrying TDs.

Howard hurried 12 times for 57 backyards recently versus Detroit with 2 TDs. He hurried 12 times for 58 backyards in the very first half.

Avonte Maddox harms knee, replacement makes big play

The Chargers started their very first ownership on their 1-yard line. They systematically drove down the field and dealt with a fourth-and-goal from the Eagles’ 2-yard line.

At that point, nickel cornerback Chachere was on the field in location of Avonte Maddox, who entrusted to a knee injury. Chachere made a big play as Justin Herbert finished a brief pass to Allen. Chachere stopped Allen a lawn except the objective line.

Because of Chachere’s hit, the Chargers wound up driving 98 backyards however left with no points.

The Eagles took control of at their 1, however could not go anywhere, offering the Chargers’ field position at the Eagles’ 38. This time, the Chargers scored for an early 7-0 lead.

Maddox returned in the 2nd quarter.

2 receivers making season launching

Two Eagles receivers made their season launching on Sunday in pass receiver John Hightower and tight end Tyree Jackson.

Hightower was the Eagles’ fifth-round choice in 2020, and he played in 13 video games last season with 10 catches for 167 backyards last season. Two of those receptions chose 50-plus backyards.

But Hightower was waived prior to the season began and re-signed to the practice team. He has actually stayed there till Saturday.

Hightower rose to the 53-man lineup due to the fact that J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is out with an ankle injury. Jalen Reagor began after being restricted the majority of the week in practice with an ankle injury.

So the Eagles required depth, and Hightower’s strength is his speed.

“He’s got great speed, he’s got good ability off the line of scrimmage,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni stated. “He’s got some unique talents and we’re sure glad we have him.”

Jackson, who was a quarterback in college at the University of Buffalo as just recently as last season, was transformed to tight end. Jackson was well on his method to making the group in training school when he suffered a damaged bone in his back in August.

He was triggered off hurt reserve on Saturday.

The Eagles’ inactives, in addition to Arcega-Whiteside, were QB Reid Sinnett, CB Josiah Scott, DB Kary Vincent Jr., CB Tay Gowan, CB Mac McCain and C/G Jack Anderson.

The Chargers, on the other hand, didn’t have their 2 beginning cornerbacks in Michael Davis and Asante Samuel Jr.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

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