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Eagles At Texans Thursday Night Football Takeaways

The Eagles improved to 8-0 with their win on Thursday Night but the Texans put up a fight. What stood out from the game?


The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday Night Football. Jalen Hurts had an excellent game for the Eagles, while Dameon Pierce shined for the Texans. So, what are five of the biggest takeaways from both teams following the game?

1. Texans Running Back Dameon Pierce Is The Real Deal

Texans’ rookie running back Dameon Pierce had the best game of his season so far. He rushed 27 times for 139 yards (5.1 yards per carry). He didn’t score any touchdowns but kept extending drives and allowed Houston to win in time of possession. Pierce’s ability to run downhill and break tackles kept the Eagles’ defense on their heels.

The former Florida Gator is having himself a year. He is now up to 678 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Pierce is just behind Nick Chubb, Saquon Barkley, and Derrick Henry for most rushing yards in the NFL to this point. The Texans have something to build around in their fourth-round pick, Dameon Pierce.

2. Keep Jalen Hurts On Your MVP List

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to silence his doubters. He has the Eagles at 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and has won 11 straight starts. Hurts is not doing it all himself but deserves MVP consideration.

In the win, Hurts completed 21 of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He also had nine carries for 23 yards. Hurts lost a fumble and was sacked four times as the Eagles’ offensive line struggled at times in the game.

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It is hard to imagine Bills quarterback Josh Allen not getting MVP, but Hurts is right up there. He has vastly improved his game. Jalen Hurts is completing 68% of his passes for 2,042 yards and 18 combined touchdowns through eight weeks.

3. The Texans Kept The Game Competitive

NFL fans thought the 14-point favorite Eagles could roll away with an easy victory, but that was not the case. Houston scored the opening touchdown and evened the game up at 14 by halftime. Texans quarterback Davis Mills completed his first six passes of the game. Houston also outgained Philadelphia on the ground and controlled the clock. The Eagles did not seem aggressive, especially early in the game.

The more talented Eagles pulled away in the second half outscoring Houston 15-3. They got their running game going, and the defense forced two turnovers. AJ Brown had the go-ahead score on a 17-yard pass from Hurts halfway through the third quarter. Philadelphia maintains their impressive mark of never trailing in a second half. Houston kept the game close, and despite their 1-6-1 record, they were only blown out once all season.

4. Turnovers Completely Changed The Game

The Eagles turned the ball over once, and the Texans turned it over twice. Philadelphia’s lone turnover came in the first half on a ball that was snapped to Jalen Hurts early. He didn’t expect it and was promptly strip-sacked by former Eagle Steven Nelson. The Eagles were in Texans’ territory and could have had their first lead of the day. The drive was set up by passes to A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith.

The two Texans turnovers came in the second half on Davis Mills’ interceptions. C.J. Gardner Johnson had the first one, which ruined an opportunity for the Texans’ offense to capitalize on two straight Eagles three-and-outs. Gardner-Johnson now leads the NFL with five interceptions and has recorded one in four consecutive games. The second interception came later in the game when James Bradberry picked off a Mills pass to prevent any scoring attempt. Philadelphia has won the turnover battle in every game this season. This had made the Eagles unbeatable to this point.

5. Philadelphia And Houston Shared The Spotlight Across Two Sports On Thursday Night

Houston hosted the Eagles for Thursday NightFootball, while Philadelphia hosted the Houston Astros for Game 5 of the World Series. This created a dilemma for loyal fans and sports bars across both cities. At least today’s technology allows fans to create a two-tv set up so that fans did not miss any action.

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Philadelphia won the football game, while Houston won the baseball game and took a 3-2 series lead. It’s rare for the same two cities to play on the same date in football and the World Series. This last occurred in 2011 when the Dallas Cowboys played the St. Louis Rams, and the Texas Rangers played the St. Louis Cardinals. Last night will be something to remember for Houston and Philadelphia as they shared the spotlight with the two biggest games in the nation last night.

What was your biggest takeaway from the game? Let us know in the comments. Also, check out our latest NFL coverage and our team pages at Fly Eagles Nation and Texans Insider.

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