HOUSTON — Jalen Hurts threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a gradual begin to beat the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday evening for the primary 8-0 begin in franchise historical past.
Hurts misplaced a fumble in a forgettable first half and recreation was tied at halftime.
However C.J. Gardner-Johnson grabbed his NFL-best and career-high fifth interception earlier than Hurts threw a 17-yard landing move to A.J. Brown to offer the Eagles the lead within the third quarter.
Houston (1-6-1) added a subject purpose after that however one other scoring toss by Hurts and his 2-point conversion run prolonged the result in 29-17 early within the fourth.
The Texans have been driving late within the fourth when Davis Mills was intercepted once more, this time by James Bradberry and the Eagles ran out the clock to safe the victory.
Hurts performed his first profession recreation at NRG Stadium. Hurts, who was born in Houston and grew up about 25 miles from the stadium, continued his strong play in his homecoming to win his eleventh straight regular-season recreation, which is the longest energetic streak within the NFL.
Jalen Hurts celebrates through the Eagles’ win over the Texans. AP
Mills threw for 154 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, enjoying with out his prime two receivers. Brandin Cooks sat out after lacking apply all week following commerce rumors that by no means materialized, and Nico Collins missed the sport with a groin harm.
Houston rookie Dameon Pierce ran for a career-high 139 yards to bounce again from a tricky recreation final week, when he gained simply 35 yards on 15 carries.
Gardner-Johnson acquired an interception for a fourth straight recreation when picked off Mills with about 8 ½ minutes left within the third quarter and returned it 25 yards.
A.J. Brown celebrates after his third-quarter landing. Getty Photos
The Eagles cashed in on the turnover two performs later when Hurts discovered Brown for the rating to make it 21-14 with about 8 minutes left within the third.
Houston minimize the result in 21-17 on a 30-yard subject purpose by Ka’imi Fairbairn late within the third.
Hurts discovered Dallas Goedert for a 4-yard TD move on the subsequent drive and Hurts padded the lead along with his 2-point conversion run.
The Texans took an early lead when rookie Teagan Quitoriano, who was making his NFL debut, grabbed his first profession reception for a 2-yard landing on the primary sequence. Quitoriano is a fifth-round choose who missed all season with a knee harm.
Miles Sanders scores within the first half. AP
That rating was arrange by a 34-yard reception by Phillip Dorsett two performs earlier.
Philadelphia tied it at 7-all on a 2-yard run by Miles Sanders on fourth down late within the first quarter. Sanders completed with 93 yards speeding.
The Eagles have been driving early within the second quarter when Hurts was sacked by Steven Nelson, who compelled a fumble that was recovered by Jaleel Johnson on the Houston 35.
Houston couldn’t transfer the ball and needed to punt. Philadelphia then put collectively a 10-play, 79-yard drive capped by a 4-yard TD run by Kenneth Gainwell to take a 14-7 lead.
The Texans tied it lower than a minute earlier than halftime when Mills linked with Chris Moore on a 13-yard landing move. The play was first dominated in full, however it was reviewed, and the decision was overturned.
Philadelphia tried a 54-yard subject purpose as time expired within the first half, however it sailed huge proper.