Power Howard: Eagles Ground Packers out on TNF

Philadelphia Eagles HB Jordan Howard finished with 87 yards on the ground and 28 via the air, and three scores in the Eagles week four victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. 

Sep 26, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tony Brown (28) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Out of all the options of a potential running back to break out in this Thursday night matchup, the top choices would’ve been Green Bay RB Aaron Jones or even potentially Eagles rookie RB Miles Sanders. You’d be lying to yourself if you believed it was gonna be first year Eagles RB Jordan Howard. 

To the shock of just about everyone, it ended up being Howard. 

It seemed as though whenever the Eagles needed a big play, they turned to # 24 (HB Jordan Howard) in the white jersey. 

Howard demolished the Packers defense all night, finishing with 115 total yards (87 rushing, 28 receiving) and three total touchdowns leading the Eagles to a 31-24 come-from-behind victory over the Packers at the iconic Lambeau Field. 

The fourth year running back out of Indiana had his most attempts (15) and total yards (115) since week 17 of last season when he had 21 carries for 109 yards against the Vikings as a member of the Chicago Bears. In fact, Howard hadn’t scored three touchdowns since his rookie year when had three rushing touchdowns against the 49ers in week 12 of the 2016 season. 

Sep 26, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a pass to score a touchdowbn during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Howard got going late in the second quarter with Philadelphia up 14-13. After a rare fumble by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, the Eagles fed Howard deep in Packers territory. On that drive alone, he carried the ball four times for 17 yards and found the end zone from a yard out to extend the Eagles lead to 21-13. 

Howard would build on his success during the team’s first drive in the second half, scoring on a rare receiving touchdown from 20 yards out. The score via the air would only be his second receiving touchdown of his career with his first one coming all the way back week four of the 2016 NFL season. 

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers takes on Avonte Maddox #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

After the Packers would go down the field and tie the game at 27 on a touchdown from TE Jimmy Graham, the Eagles running back rotation shifted to rookie RB Miles Sanders. Sanders, a rookie second round pick out of Penn State, had his best game on the ground in his short professional career. 

Sanders gashed the Packers defense with a 30-yard run followed by a five-yard run on the ensuing play. He finished the night with 11 carries for 72 yards.