The Eagles advanced to 2-1 on Sunday by defeating the Colts, 20-16. It wasn’t pretty but hey, a win’s a win!
Read on for a recap of the game.
Colts thirteenth drive: Colts take over at their own 11-yard line after a special teams penalty. 43 seconds remaining. Luck completes a pass to Ebron to put the ball at the 20-yard line with 34 seconds remaining. Luck to Hines and the ball is at the 22-yard line with 28 seconds remaining. Ebron bobbles a pass after being wide open along the sideline and it’s incomplete. 20 seconds remaining. Luck to Hines to move the ball to the 32-yard line with 13 seconds remaining. Luck to Ebron to move the ball to the 38-yard line with nine seconds remaining. Luck to Ebron to move the ball to the 46-yard line with five seconds remaining. Hail Mary time. Colts have to bring in Jacoby Brissett for the attempt and the pass is ... incomplete! EAGLES WIN, 20-16.
Eagles eleventh drive: Eagles take over at their own 20-yard line. Eagles run two times and then pass after a play-fake on third down. Like the idea there. Goedert was just short of the sticks at 4th-and-1. Would’ve been game if he got to the marker. Colts take their final timeout and the Eagles have to punt.
Colts tenth drive: Time for Jim Schwartz to earn his paycheck here. Eagles defense needs a big stop. Colts take over at their own 25-yard line with 3:02 remaining and three timeouts left. Luck dumps off to Nyheim Hines for a first down. Mills called for pass interference on Hilton to move to the Eagles’ 45-yard line. Luck completes a pass to Grant to move the Colts to the 23-yard line at the 2-minute warning. Not seeing much pass rush here as Indy is playing without their top three offensive tackles. Colts move to the 11-yard line and the Eagles take their first timeout. Malcolm Jenkins and Nigel Bradham collide on a Colts incompletion. Bradham gets hurt, which forces Philly to burn their second timeout. Colts complete a pass to bring up 3rd-and-3 at the 4-yard line. Eagles call their final timeout with 1:24 remaining. Luck’s fade throw into the end zone is incomplete to bring up fourth down. Barnett sacks Luck on fourth down! SUPER CLUTCH!
Eagles tenth drive: Clement runs for a 3-yard loss. Wentz completes a pass to Goedert to set up 3rd-and-6. Then he hits Agholor for a first down. Wentz gets sacked after Darius Leonard comes around the edge unblocked on play-action. Clement breaks off a big run but it’s called back as the refs call holding on ... Clement (it was actually on Kamar Aiken). Back at 2nd-and-20, the Eagles get bailed out with a defensive holding call on the Colts. Eagles offensive line opens up a giant hole and Smallwood manages to gete a mere four yards. So much meat left on the bone. Wentz gets sacked on a play where the refs rule his forward progress was stopped even thought he wasn’t down. OK. Wentz completes a pass to Matthews to set up 4th-and-5 from the 42-yard line. Wentz’s fourth down throw is in the dirt but Jabaal Sheard gets called for defensive holding to bail out the Eagles. Lots of flags on this drive. Wentz completes a screen to Smallwood for an eight-yard loss. Then another pass to Smallwood to set up 3rd-and-9. Wentz steps up and breaks through some sack attempts to complete a pass to Agholor for a first down. Clutch as hell. Clement takes a carry for another first down as the Eagles move to the 12-yard line in the red zone. Need a touchdown here. Clement runs for a three-yard gain. Colts offsides penalty puts the Eagles at 2nd-and-2 from the 4-yard line. Smallwood punches it in for the touchdown. Huge drive. 17 plays over 11 minutes and 18 seconds. Eagles lead, 20-16.
Colts ninth drive (continued): Nigel Bradham comes up with a big tackle for no gain on 3rd-and-7 to force the Colts to settle for a short field goal. Colts lead, 16-13.
Colts ninth drive: Colts take over at the Eagles’ 13-yard line. Sidney Jones helps force an incompletion.
Eagles ninth drive: Clement drops the ball again on the punt return but ultimately recovers. Man, he’s been struggling with that today. Maybe get him off of those, Eagles. Wentz takes a deep shot to Agholor but it’s broken up. Wentz gets strip-sacked on third down and the Colts recover. F word.
Colts eighth drive: Barnett notches a nice tackle for loss to set up 3rd-and-5 for the Colts. Eagles D comes up with a stop. Or not. D.J. Alexander gets called for running into the kicker to set up 4th-and-1 for the Colts. Indy tries to get the Eagles to jump but it doesn’t work. They take a delay of game penalty and now they’re punting again.
Eagles eighth drive: Clement kicks off the drive with a 16-yard run. He runs again for four yards. Then Wentz runs forward for four yards. Clement picks up the first down. Perkins drops a pass from Wentz, his third drop in two games. Wentz connects with Ertz over the middle for a big gain. Great touch on that throw. Some life in the passing game! Smallwood trips forward on a six-yard run to put the Eagles in the red zone. Agholor picks up a first — well, it should’ve been if not for a bad spot — on a bubble screen. No matter. The Eagles run it on 3rd-and-1 to get to the 8-yard line. Smallwood drops Wentz’s pass. Clement runs for a two-yard gain. That brings up 3rd-and-6 from the 6-yard line. Wentz targets Ertz but the defender hits him as the ball gets there. An unhappy Wentz went up to the refs after the play to tell them he thought Ertz got hit early. Eagles settle for a 24-yard Elliott field goal. Tie game, 13-13.
Colts seventh drive: Colts take over at the Eagles’ 17-yard line. Holding knocks Indy back to the 27-yard line. McLeod goes down in pain after making a tackle. He slowly limps off the field. Eagles get the Colts into 3rd-and-6 from the 13-yard line. Mills breaks up Luck’s pass for Eric Ebron. Good stop by the defense. Colts have to settle for a kick and it’s good. Colts lead, 13-10.
Eagles seventh drive: Eagles need to get something going here. But they don’t. Wentz is intercepted on the first play. Just a bad decision and a bad throw.
Colts sixth drive: Brandon Graham comes close to getting to Luck but the quarterback manages to step up and hit an open Hilton across the field for a big gain. Rodney McLeod almost comes up with a pick on a throw Luck floats to Hilton. Too much air under that one. Colts get to 4th-and-2 and go for it. Who could’ve guessed Frank Reich would be aggressive there? Chester Rodgers drops a touchdown pass from Luck in the end zone on third down. Fortunate break for the Eagles there. Adam Vinatieri kicks the field goal to even the score. Tie game, 10-10.
Eagles sixth drive: Adams gets the second half started with a six-yard gain. Then he runs for no gain. Wentz’s third down pass is deflected at the line of scrimmage to force a punt.
Eagles fifth drive: Eagles take over at their own 28-yard line with 1:40 remaining in the second. One timeout to work with. Jason Peters gets called for a false start on third down and Philly burns their final timeout to prevent a 10-second runoff. On 3rd-and-6, Wentz sidesteps a free rusher bearing down on him, spins away from another defender, and then sprints to the sideline to dive for a first down. This is why I thought he was going to play Week 1. Wentz takes a sack on the next play and then checks down to Clement as the first half expires.
Colts fifth drive: Mills back in the game. Fletcher Cox and Barnett meet at Luck to sack the Colts quarterback. 3rd-and-18 from their own 29-yard line, Luck’s pass is incomplete. Punt.
Eagles fourth drive: Wentz completes a beauty of a ball to Goedert up the seam. Great to see him getting more involved. Then Adams runs for a 16-yard gain. Blocked up well. Adams then runs for 10 yards on a cutback. Wentz hits Agholor over the middle for another first down. It’s the first catch by an Eagles wide receiver today with 6:46 remaining in the second quarter. Wentz takes off running but his gain is called back due to a hold by Goedert. Wentz completes a pass over the middle to Matthews with a pass rusher bearing down on him. Unfazed. Wentz then hits a wide open Smallwood on a wheel route in the middle of the field. Smallwood could’ve had a touchdown if he didn’t stumble. A fumbled snap sets the Eagles back to the 15-yard line. Drive stalls from there. Elliott in for the 43-yard field goal. It’s good this time. Eagles lead, 10-7.
Colts fourth drive: Mills forces an incompletion to bring up 3rd-and-9. Then he comes out of the game to be evaluated while Rasul Douglas replaces him. Luck steps up and then runs for a 33-yard gain after a Jim Schwartz blitz fails to get home. Nice pickup by the Colts. Corey Graham knocks down a quick pass from Luck on 3rd-and-9 to force a punt. Nice stop.
Eagles third drive (continued): Josh Adams takes his first NFL for a two-yard loss. Eagles run a play on third down with Jordan Matthews on the outside and Nelson Agholor in the slot. Wentz is sacked on third down but Ertz draws a defensive holding penalty to give the Eagles a first down. Wentz had Clement open on 3rd-and-2 but got the ball out too late, incomplete. Punt.
Eagles third drive: Clement runs for a six-yard gain to bring up the end of the first quarter.
Colts third drive: Mills beat deep by T.Y. Hilton. Mills was able to recover thanks to an underthrown ball by Luck but the Eagles corner got to Hilton early and got flagged for defensive pass interference. Bad job by Mills. Colts get to 1st-and-goal territory from the 5-yard line. Luck throws a perfect fade pass to Ryan Grant and it’s good for a touchdown. Ronald Darby beat in coverage there but not much he could do. Tie game, 7-7.
Eagles second drive: Clement muffs the punt return but manages to recover. Wentz hits Ertz for a first down. Then he scrambles around, makes some defenders miss, and fires a pass to Goedert. Yeah, I’d say he looks healthy. Ertz has a ball knocked out of his hands to set up 3rd-and-13 on the Colts’ 37-yard line. Wentz is sacked to set up a field goal. Jake Elliott’s 55-yard attempt is ... no good. Hooked left. Looked like there was an issue with the snap and/or hold there. I’m sure the wet conditions didn’t help.
Colts second drive: Colts backed up to their own 8-yard line after a special teams penalty. Jalen Mills make a real nice open field tackle to set up 3rd-and-9. Michael Bennett hits Luck’s arm as the quarterback throws and the pass is way off target for an incompletion. Derek Barnett also had good pressure there. Colts have to punt.
Eagles first drive: Carson Wentz gets a standing ovation as he walks on to the field. Chills. Then he targets Joshua Perkins for an incompletion. No chills for that. But then Wentz throws a bullet to Zach Ertz in tight coverage for a first down. He’s back. Wentz completes another pass to Perkins for a first down. Wendell Smallwood getting involved as the first running back on the field. Wentz has Perkins open for a first down but overthrows him along the sideline. So that issue is still there. He makes up for it by connecting with Ertz for another first down. Corey Clement runs for three yards on 2nd-and-2 to set up 1st-and-10 from the Colts’ 14-yard line. Wentz throws to a wide open Dallas Goedert in the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN. Welcome back, Carson. Eagles lead, 7-0.
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Colts first drive: Chris Long gets pressure on Andrew Luck on 3rd-and-7 to force a short completion. Three-and-out for Indy. Nice start by the D.
Coin toss: Eagles win the toss and elect to defer, as Doug Pederson usually does. Colts up on offense first.
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The Philadelphia Eagles are back in action this Sunday after dropping to 1-1 last week.
But who even cares about the last two weeks. It’s almost like a whole new season is beginning with Carson Wentz returning as the Eagles’ starting quarterback on Sunday.
In case you didn’t realize, he’s kind of a big deal.
It’ll be really interesting to see how Wentz looks in his first game back. Is he going to be rusty as he plays in his first game since tearing his ACL and LCL? Is he instantly going to be awesome out of the gate and breathe some much-needed life into this Eagles offense?
Wentz’s work will be cut out for him as he returns to an Eagles offense that’s depleted at the skill player positions. Philadelphia will likely be without two of their top running backs AND three of their top four receivers against the Colts.
But it’s not just the Eagles who will be facing challenges. Indianapolis comes to town to face off against an Eagles team that’s 16-3 at home since the beginning of the Doug Pederson era in 2016.
The Eagles will be hungry to get back on track and Wentz will be hungriest of all to help get them there.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch tonight’s game.
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are big favorites at home.
Indianapolis Colts +7 (-115)
Philadelphia Eagles -7 (-105)
The Eagles are 8-10 in 18 all-time regular season appearances against the Colts. These two teams last played back in 2014 when the Eagles won by a final score of 30 to 27.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)