EAGLES-DOLPHINS GAMEDAY: Updates and Commentary as Game Unfolds
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is active for Sunday’s game in Miami and will try to play as many snaps as he can on a balky hamstring that kept him sidelined in practice most of the week.
Ertz is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 67 receptions for 712 yards. He is averaging 10.6 yards per catch with three touchdowns. In his last three games, Ertz has made 30 catches for 288 yards and two scores. He has played in 30 straight games.
Josh Perkins was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday as insurance for Ertz. Perkins has not played a game yet this season, but played nine games with the Eagles in 2018, making five catches for 67 yards.
Also active for the Eagles is cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc.
LeBlanc had been on Injured Reserve since the start of the season after suffering Lisfranc injury in his foot during training camp. He was activated from IR on Saturday.
With LeBlanc active, cornerback Sidney Jones was a healthy scratch for the second time this season.
Also on Saturday, the Eagles announced that running back Jordan Howard would miss his third game with a shoulder injury.
The other inactives for Sunday’s game are quarterback Nate Sudfeld, defensive ends Shareef Miller and Daeshon Hall, and offensive linemen Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor.
Pryor played 42 snaps (57 percent) at right guard against the Seahawks, because Brooks checked out after two series when his anxiety flared up on game day for the first time since 2016.
Brooks will return at right guard and Lane Johnson is also back at right tackle after missing last week’s game with a concussion.
Receiver Alshon Jeffery is also returning from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury and receiver Nelson Agholor is back after missing one game with a knee injury.
Ronald Darby begins the game with an inteception. It is his second of season, tying him with Nate Gerry and Rodney McLeod for team lead. Eagles offense takes over at Miami 18
13:54: Eagles take advantage of good field position and get a third down TD throw of 15 yards from Carson Wentz to Miles Sanders. Third TD of season for rookie Sanders; Wentz's 18th TD throw of season and runs his streak of conseuctive games with TD pass to 15. 7-0 EAGLES
DEFENSE: Josh Sweat with a sack on third down. It his fourth of season and now has one in back-to-back games
10:10: Jake Elliott hits a 48-yard field goal and is a perfect 15 for 15 on the season. Only kicker in league who has yet to miss a field goal this season. Eagles 10-0
EAGLES have scored 10 points (so far) in first quarter, which is their second highest output in the first quarter this season. Scored 14 in first against Jets on Oct. 6
Derek Barnett gets Eagles second sack of game. That is sack No. 4.5 on season and he now has second highest on team
5:45: Eagles have to punt after two coslty penalites - a hold by Isaac Seumalo and a block in back by Mack Hollins - the team cannot overcome.
3:07: Dolphns TD on fourth and four throw from Fitzpatrick to DeVante Parker. Play covers 43 yards. Ronald Darby had good coverage, but great throw and Parker outumped Darby. Eagles still lead 10-7
11:09: Eagles were going to go for it on fourth-and-2 at Miami 20, but Jason Peters was called for a false start. So offense settled for a 43-yard Jake Elliott field goal. He is now 16-for-16 this season and has made 20 in a row dating back to last year. It's 13-7 Eagles lead
DOLPHINS marching. Big play by Parker again, but was it OPI? Here it is:
4:40: For third straight week, Eagles beaten for TD off trick play. This one by Miami was beautiful. Punter throws TD pass to kicker and Dolphins take lead 14-13
:06: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with first NFL TD, comes on a third-and-goal throw from the 15. Eagles go for two point conversion and connect on Wentz to Agholor throw so Eagles take 21-14 lead into halftime. Eagles get ball to start second half.
Miami tries onside kick to start second half, recovered by Eagles T.J. Edwards.
11:44: Eagles take advantage of short field. Carson Wentz fires third TD of game, this one to Alshon Jeffery. It is the third game this season Went has fired three TDs in a game - week one vs. Washington, week four vs. Green Bay. Eagles lead 28-14
8:45: Quick answer by Dolphins, DeVante Parker with second TD of game, this one from 17 yards away. PAT is no good. Eagles have nobody who can guard Parker. Eagles lead 28-20
EAGLES defense had given up 17 points or less in last four games. That streak is over with Miami getting to 20
4:34: Eagles drive to Miami 20, but Dolphins first sack of game pushes Eagles back to 31 for fourth down field goal try from Jake Elliott, who misses ensuing 49-yard field goal. That is Elliott's first miss of season and snaps his streak of 20 made field goals dating back to last season.
1:10: Miami not going away. Fitzpatrick TD to former Penn State star Mike Gesicki from 14 yards. Barnett sacks Fitzpatrick on two-point try. Eagles lead 28-26
11:06: Laird 4 yard TD run gives Miami lead again. Pass to Laird for two points give Miami a 34-38 lead. Eagles defense had played so well for the past month. Not today, not against the 2-9 Dolphins.
EAGLES respond to losing lead by going three-and-out for first time today. About to ffall to 5-7 with third loss in a row unless their defense can find a way to stop this juggernaut Dolphins offense
3:37: Jason Sanders hits 51 yard field goal to give Miami 37-28 and all but wrap this one up. Miami will move to 3-9; Eagles will lose third in a row and fall to 5-7.