Top Eagles takeaways following their gritty win over Bears

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports)
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DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles
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DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown were phenomenal for the Eagles’ offense yet again.

The 2021 draft pick of DeVonta Smith and this past offseason’s trade that landed A.J. Brown continue to pay dividends. Philly’s dynamic duo accounted for 307 of Hurt’s 315 passing yards.

Brown, despite a slow start by his standards, notched a career-high 181 receiving yards. Smith contributed with some big plays and 126 yards of his own, making this the first game this season in which both eclipsed the 100-yard threshold in the same game. Both players routinely found themselves open and made tough catches. It was a joy to watch.

It’s great to see the Eagles’ biggest playmakers show up and make it easier for their quarterback. DeVonta Smith’s 38-yard reception on a third and three scenario late in the first half set up Hurts’ 22-yard rushing TD late in the second quarter. That helped Philly take the lead at halftime.

Later, as the Eagles were trying to close out the game, Brown had a 68-yard reception to set the Eagles up with a first-and-goal scenario.  Jalen Hurts’ one-yard score and a successful two-point conversion that followed put the Eagles up by 12 points with four minutes to go. These big plays, among several others, were the difference in a competitive game.