D’Andre Swift delivered a commanding performance as the Philadelphia Eagles handed a mistake-riddled Minnesota Vikings a 34-28 defeat on Thursday.
In his inaugural home game as an Eagle, the Philadelphia native achieved a career-high 175 rushing yards and secured a touchdown as the team’s rushing offense consistently dismantled the Vikings’ defense.
Swift, who arrived from the Detroit Lions during the offseason, became the first Eagle to accumulate 175 yards and a touchdown on the ground since LeSean McCoy achieved it in 2013, according to NFL Research.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni praised Swift, stating, “He displayed excellent vision and explosiveness. I thought our offensive line did an outstanding job pushing the Vikings off the ball. I was especially pleased with how he protected the ball, given the number of touches he had, particularly when the game was on the line.”
While the Eagles managed to secure the win, it was not a completely convincing performance by last year’s Super Bowl runners-up. The offense displayed occasional sloppiness, which contrasted with their dynamism in the 2022 season despite starting this season with two victories.
Nevertheless, with the contributions of Swift and quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Eagles generated enough explosive plays to keep the Minnesota Vikings at bay. Hurts frequently targeted wide receiver DeVonta Smith for big plays, connecting with the third-year pass catcher on two passes of 50 yards or more. The highlight was a 63-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, extending Philadelphia’s lead to 27-7.
Costly turnovers plagued the Vikings and prevented a substantial comeback, as they lost four fumbles and faced relentless pressure from Philadelphia’s dominant defensive line, resulting in 10 hits on quarterback Kirk Cousins, including two sacks.
The Minnesota Vikings have now suffered defeats in their first two games of the season. Head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed frustration over the team’s sloppy mistakes, saying, “Losing the turnover battle 4-1… 7-1 in turnovers lost over two games, and we’ve lost by a Totaling only nine points against two playoff-caliber teams from the previous year. Clearly, I need to do a better job coaching from the perspective of emphasizing ball security, which is a fundamental focus in our football philosophy.”
In contrast to the team’s struggles, there was a moment of celebration for the Vikings as their star wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, reached a significant NFL milestone. Jefferson became the fastest player to accumulate 5,000 career receiving yards in just 52 games, surpassing the previous record held by Odell Beckham Jr., who achieved it in 54 games.
Despite the defeat against the Eagles, the 24-year-old Jefferson racked up 159 receiving yards, following his impressive 150-yard performance in the Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first three NFL seasons, Jefferson has consistently exceeded 1,400 receiving yards each year, concluding with an impressive 1,809 yards in the previous season.