Eagles jump out to big lead, hold on late against Rams

The Philadelphia Eagles continued to get game-changing contributions from their defense and special teams in a 34-27 win on Sunday. Our takeaways:

  1. The Eagles set the tone in this one with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown on the game's first series. They capped their scoring when Trent Cole beat Jake Long and sacked Austin Davis, forcing a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. The Eagles have five return touchdowns in the past two weeks.
  1. Austin Davis caught fire in the second half, finishing with 375 yards and three touchdowns. He lost two fumbles and took too long to get going, but Davis continues to give the Rams reason for optimism moving forward.
  1. We're still waiting for LeSean McCoy's breakout week, but he and the Eagles' maligned running game showed some progress. On the downside, McCoy and Darren Sproles were unable to run out the clock late in the game, giving St. Louis a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.
  1. Nick Foles remains an unpredictable commodity for the Eagles. He threw twotouchdown passes, but added his fifth interception (he had two all of last season) and got away with several other poor decisions.
  1. The Eagles led this game 34-7 with 2:15 to play in the third quarter. The Rams scored touchdowns on three straight possessions and moved the ball to midfield with less than a minute to play before Davis sailed an incompletion on fourth-and-13. This won't be pretty game tape to watch for either side.

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