D’Andre Swift dominates on Philly homecoming as Eagles beat Vikings | NFL

Jalen Hurts ran for a pair of one-yard touchdowns and threw a 63-yard TD pass to DeVonta Smith, D’Andre Swift ran for 175 yards and a score, and the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles held off the turnover-prone Minnesota Vikings 34-28 on Thursday night.

Hurts, the MVP runner-up, shook off a sluggish passing performance in the first half and woke up the crowd when he connected with Smith for the scoring strike in the third quarter that made it 27-7.

“We Own UR SKOL Tonight,” one Eagles fan sign read after the TD.

It almost wasn’t enough. Kirk Cousins hit Jordan Addison for a 62-yard touchdown that made it 27-14 in the fourth and found KJ Osborn for a 10-yard TD that cut it to 27-21 and put the Eagles (2-0) on edge.

But Swift, who grew up in Philadelphia and arrived in a trade from the Detroit Lions this offseason, scored on a two-yard run for a 34-21 lead with 4:13 left and the Vikings didn’t have enough time to score twice.

Minnesota (0-2), who had three first-half turnovers in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay, lost three fumbles in the first half in Philly and four overall. In perhaps the most deflating moment for the Vikings, Justin Jefferson fumbled a 30-yard catch into the end zone and out of bounds for a touchback with Minnesota trailing 10-7 in the second quarter.

Cousins threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns. Jefferson had 11 catches for 159 yards.

Hurts finished 18 of 23 for 193 yards – mostly to Smith, who also hauled in a 54-yard catch. He finished with 131 yards on four receptions.

AJ Brown, the Eagles’ other star receiver, seemed unhappy with Hurts on the sidelines and coach Nick Sirianni had to step in and calm the situation. At that point, Brown had only four targets. He finished with four catches for 29 yards.

“I think everybody wants to make plays and everybody wants to contribute,” Hurts said. “I have no worry about him. He’s a great player, a great teammate, a great friend, and we’ll do anything and everything to win.”

Jake Elliott kicked a pair of field goals for the Eagles, including a 61-yarder to conclude the first half after Jefferson’s fumble.

Maybe it’s the adjustment to new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, maybe it was the short week, maybe it was Hurts and the bulk of the starters sitting out preseason games, but whatever the reason, the Eagles were sluggish early for the second straight week and lacked the big-play spark that made them a must-watch offense last season.

Eagles fans booed in the first half – yes, already, in the home opener for the NFC champions – when a string of offensive plays went nowhere. The Vikings blitzed and pressured Hurts early and he could not break plays open as easily as he routinely did last season.

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