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Nathan Gerry and Orlando Scandrick each scored touchdowns on defense Sunday afternoon for the host Philadelphia Eagles, who cruised to a 31-6 win over the reeling New York Jets.
The Eagles (3-2) have won two straight. The Jets, who were without starting quarterback Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) for the third straight game, are 0-4 for the first time since 2003.
Luke Falk, the third quarterback to start this season for the Jets, struggled mightily against the Eagles, who entered Sunday with just five takeaways and three sacks this season. But Philadelphia forced three turnovers and collected 10 sacks, including three by Brandon Graham and two by Scandrick.
The Eagles went ahead 7-0 on Jordan Howard’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:44 left in the first quarter before Gerry picked off Falk and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown a little more than two minutes later.
Carson Wentz (17 of 29 for 189 yards) tossed an 11-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz with 34 seconds left in the half. Jake Elliott booted a 28-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
The Jets finally snapped an epic offensive drought in the fourth quarter, when Vyncint Smith scored on a 19-yard end-around. The score came one play after the Eagles’ Corey Clement muffed a punt deep in his own territory.
The touchdown was the first for the Jets’ offense in 32 possessions dating back to a season-opening 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 8. New York scored a pair of touchdowns — one apiece on defense and special teams against the New England Patriots.
Scandrick capped the scoring midway through the fourth quarter, when he sacked Falk, stripped the ball and ran 44 yards for a touchdown.
David Fales, who was signed by the Jets on Friday, finished the game at quarterback for the Jets after Falk went into the injury tent in the final minutes.
Howard finished with 62 yards on 13 carries. Alshon Jeffery had six catches for 52 yards.
Falk finished 15 of 26 for 120 yards and two interceptions. Running back Le’Veon Bell had 43 yards on 15 carries, plus seven catches for 45 yards.
—Field Level Media