How many of you thought, without Miles Sanders, that the Philadelphia Eagles would have a chance of marching into the Motor City on Halloween and putting up over 200 yards rushing versus the Detroit Lions with the three-headed monster of Jordan Howard, Kenneth Gainwell, and Boston Scott?
Oh, and they eclipsed 200 yards before the end of the third quarter. If this was a flower, as head coach Nick Sirianni discussed recently, then it was, no doubt, a rose. For once, there isn’t much to complain about following an Eagles game, but how about the veteran, Howard, huh?
Jordan Howard turns the clock back versus the Lions.
There’s a lot to celebrate in reference to Philadelphia’s running game coming out of Week 8. Philly’s coaches learned that Boston Scott had more game than they thought he did. He racked up 60 yards rushing on 12 carries and reached the end zone twice.
Gainwell continued to show improvement. He racked up 27 yards on 13 carries. Jordan Howard definitely gets a game ball here though.
It isn’t often that a former Pro Bowl nod spends a ton of time on any team’s practice squad, but that’s where Howard has been, that is until Miles Sanders wound up on the injured reserve and Philly promoted Jordan to the active roster on the eve of Week 8’s game.
If you read Inside The Iggles often, you know that we’ve been critical of Jordan Howard. With that being said, we have to give him credit when he shines too right?
The Eagles, in Week 8, tallied 236 rushing yards as a team, but Howard hasn’t looked like the guy that ran for 1,100 yards or more during the first two seasons of his career since he missed about two months of action with a shoulder injury that he suffered during the Eagles’ Week 9 victory versus his former team, the Chicago Bears, back in 2019.
Howard struggled during the 2020 season. He spent time on both the Eagles and Miami Dolphins’ rosters but was only able to tally 60 yards on 35 scores. He did reach the end zone four times, but it was clear that he wasn’t quite back to 100 percent physically.
In Week 8, versus Detroit, Howard, now the elder statesman in the Eagles’ running back room turned the clock back. He carried the rock 12 times for 57 yards. He reached the end zone twice. Of course we have to give those a look!
Give Jordan Howard a game ball as he’s one of the heroes of a much-needed victory by the Eagles in Detroit. It was nice to see him hammer the ball up the middle of Detroit’s defense like he used to do. Hopefully, the Eagles can keep the momentum going as they host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.