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Eagles defense gets more sacks than Jets get points in easy rout

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Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas on staying healthy amid the injuries, and Avonte Maddox’s play before his injury.
Martin Frank, The News Journal

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles were never in danger of losing this game to the hapless New York Jets.

Just to make sure, the Eagles’ defense dominated a Jets offense that hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown since Week 2 and won easily 31-6 on Sunday.

It was more than enough to offset an Eagles offense that didn’t do much after the first quarter.

The Eagles (3-2) had 10 sacks, one short of the team record set against Dallas in 1991. The Eagles had just three through the first four games. Brandon Graham matched that by himself on Sunday.

The Eagles intercepted two of Luke Falk’s passes, returning one for a touchdown.

And veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who was out of the NFL for the first month of the season, had two sacks, both of which led to fumbles. Scandrick recovered the second and took it 44 yards for a touchdown with 7:39 left in the fourth quarter.

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That was the second defensive touchdown scored by the Eagles on Sunday. Nathan Gerry’s interception return for a TD in the first quarter was the other. 

Falk, the Jets’ third-string quarterback, never had a chance. Neither did the Jets’ offense.

But offensively, the best thing the Eagles can say is that the game is over and no one got hurt.

The game started out as a rout.

The Eagles scored easily on their first possession on Jordan Howard’s 1-yard run. It was the first time this season the Eagles scored a TD on their opening drive.

Then Gerry’s interception on the Jets’ ensuing possession, on a 4th-and-1 from midfield, made it 14-0 with 5:05 left in the first quarter.

But then the Eagles stalled offensively.

At least they didn’t have to worry about the Jets’ offense coming to life. Falk, the third-string quarterback, was playing because Sam Darnold is recovering from mononucleosis.

He never had a chance. Falk went 15 of 26 for 120 yards before being mercifully replaced by David Fales in the final minutes.

Carson Wentz had it much, much easier.

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He was 17 of 29 for 189 yards and a touchdown.

But he missed some open passes, and the Eagles couldn’t keep the early momentum going. Then again, he didn’t have to do much.

That’s because the Jets (0-4) kept giving the ball right back to the Eagles.

The Eagles, in fact, were booed towards the end of the first half when after a bunch of penalties left them with a 3rd-and-30 from their 31. Darren Sproles then lost 2 yards and the Eagles punted.

But the Eagles got one more chance to extend the lead after Rodney McLeod intercepted Falk, giving the Eagles the ball at the Jets’ 42 with 2 minutes left in the first half.

Wentz capped the drive with an 11-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz.

The Eagles stretched the lead to 24-0 on a Jake Elliott field goal with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

The Jets went nowhere again, and had to punt.

But Corey Clement, in for Sproles who had left with a quad injury, fumbled the punt away, giving the Jets the ball at the Eagles’ 19.

This time, the Jets scored on a Vyncint Smith reverse, and it was 24-6.

The Eagles punted again, giving the Jets one last chance to get back into the game. But that’s when Scandrick swooped in, sacked Falk, took the ball out of his arms as Falk fell, ,and ran 44 yards for a TD.

There were more sacks to come, but the game was over.

Sproles moves into 5th all-time

With four yards on a punt return in the third quarter, Darren Sproles moved into fifth place in career all-purpose yards. Tim Brown, who played 16 of his 17 seasons for the Raiders, had 19,682 yards in his career.

Sproles, who began his career with the Chargers in 2005, needed 30 yards Sunday to tie Brown. Sproles will probably stay in fifth, however. Emmitt Smith, who played for the Cowboys, is fourth with 21,564 all-purpose yards. 

Jerry Rice is the all-time leader with 23,546. Brian Mitchell and Walter Payton are second and third, respectively.

Sidney Jones active, not playing

Cornerback Sidney Jones is on the game day roster for the Eagles game Sunday, but he didn’t play in the first half.

Jones suffered a hamstring injury against Green Bay on Sept. 26. He has been a limited participant in practice all week. The Eagles had five cornerbacks on the active roster for the game.

That means three of the Eagles’ four cornerbacks who played Sunday were not on the 53-man roster as of 12 days ago.

Rasul Douglas is the only one of the four (besides Jones) who has started a game for the Eagles. The others are Craig James, promoted from the practice squad on Sept. 24; veteran Orlando Scandrick, who was signed last week; and Ryan Lewis, who was signed last Tuesday to the practice squad and added to the 53-man roster on Friday.

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For the Eagles, the other injured cornerbacks are Ronald Darby, who’s missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury, and Avonte Maddox, who suffered a concussion and neck sprain against the Packers.

James replaced Maddox and had the deflection that led to Nigel Bradham’s interception to seal the Eagles’ 34-27 over Green Bay.

The Eagles’ other inactives, besides Maddox and Darby, are QB Nate Sudfeld, WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DE Shareef Miller, C Nate Herbig and DT Tim Jerningan (foot).

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

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