Jalen Hurts threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns Philadelphia Eagles Houston overcame a slow start to beat the Texans 29-17 on Thursday night to get off to the first 8-0 start in franchise history.
Hurts lost a fumble in a forgettable first half and the game was tied at halftime.
But C.J. Gardner-Johnson had his NFL-best and career-high fifth interception before Hurts threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to AJ Brown to give the Eagles the lead in the third quarter.
Houston (1-6-1) added a field goal after that, but Hurts made another scoring toss and his 2-point conversion run extended the lead to 29-17 early in the fourth.
The Texans were driving late in the fourth with another interception by Davis Mills, this time James Bradberry and the Eagles ran out the clock to get the win.
At the same time the Houston Astros were in Philadelphia The Phillies are playing in Game 5 of the World Series, Hurts played his first career game at NRG Stadium. Born in Houston and raised 25 miles from the stadium, the Hurts continued their solid play to win their 11th straight regular season game.
Mills threw for 154 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, playing without his first two receivers. Brandin Cooks missed practice all week following trade rumors, and Nico Collins missed the game with a groin injury.
Houston rookie Damion Pierce bounced back from a rough game last week when he had just 35 yards on 15 carries, rushing for a career-high 139 yards.
Gardner-Johnson had an interception for the fourth straight game when he picked off Mills and returned it 25 yards with about 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
Hurts found Brown to make it 21-14 with 8 minutes left in the third after the Eagles made two plays.
Houston cut the lead to 21-17 on a 30-yard field goal by Kaimy Fairbairn in the third.
Hurts found Dallas Goedert on the next drive for a four-yard TD pass, and Hurts took the lead with his two-point conversion run.
The Texans took an early lead when rookie Teagan Quitoriano, making his NFL debut, caught his first career reception for a two-yard touchdown on the first series. Guitoriano was a fifth-round pick who missed all of the season with a knee injury.
That mark was set by Phillip Dorsett’s 34-yard reception two plays earlier.
Philadelphia tied it at 7 late in the first quarter on a two-yard run by Miles Sanders on fourth down. Sanders finished with 93 yards rushing.
The Eagles were driving early in the second quarter when Hurts was sacked by Steven Nelson, who forced a fumble recovered by Jaleel Johnson at the Houston 35.
Houston couldn’t move the ball and had to punt. Philadelphia then went on a 10-play, 79-yard drive capped by Kenneth Cainwell’s four-yard TD to take a 14–7 lead.
The Texans tied it less than a minute into halftime when Mills connected with Chris Moore on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The play was originally ruled full, but it was reviewed, and the call was overturned.
As time expired in the first half, Philadelphia attempted a 54-yard field goal, but it sailed wide right.
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