Eagles-Broncos NFL 2017 week 9 recap

Nov 5, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) celebrates his 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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The Denver Broncos were playing their third-straight road game. They had to travel east on short rest after playing on Monday night (against their rival) last week. And they were starting a quarterback who hadn’t played all season.

The Philadelphia Eagles did exactly what a top-tier NFL team should do against a vulnerable opponent.  The Birds cruised to a 51-23 victory and go into their bye week at 8-1 with a 2.5-game lead in the NFC East.

Carson Wentz was 15-of-27 for 199 yards with four touchdown passes. Alshon Jeffery caught two, Trey Burton caught one, and Corey Clement added the fourth.

The Eagles out-gained the Broncos 419-226 and had a 25-14 advantage in first downs.

When the addition of Jay Ajayi was announced earlier in the week, questions swirled about how the backfield rotation would look. Duce Staley’s crew passed the first test with ease.

Ajayi carried eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Clement rushed for 51 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns (three total). LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood combined for another 62 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, you’d be hard-pressed to find areas where Jim Schwartz’s unit struggled. Rodney McLeod and Patrick Robinson each recorded an interception. The Broncos were held to 35 rushing yards on 19 carries and Brock Osweiler was sacked three times.

Denver didn’t reach the end zone until 9:45 left in the fourth quarter when Doug Pederson had pulled several starters. The Broncos added a defensive score against backup quarterback Nick Foles.

Tight end Zach Ertz missed the contest with a hamstring injury.

Following the bye week, four of Philadelphia’s next five games are on the road. The Eagles will begin that stretch by traveling to Dallas on November 19 for a Sunday night contest with the Cowboys.

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