Week 9 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, November 3 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) visit the Houston Texans (1-5-1). Philadelphia has won all five previous meetings between the two clubs. The Eagles look to begin a season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have a league-low two giveaways this year, becoming the second team in the Super Bowl era with two-or-fewer giveaways through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs (one giveaway).
Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS has won 10 consecutive starts, including his final three starts of the 2021 season, the longest such streak by a quarterback in Eagles franchise history. Last week, he set career highs in touchdown passes (four) and passer rating (140.6) in the team’s 35-13 win over Pittsburgh. Entering Week 9, Hurts leads all NFC quarterbacks in combined passing and rushing yards per game (300.3) and is one of three NFC quarterbacks (JIMMY GAROPPOLO and GENO SMITH) with a passer rating of 100-or-higher (105.1). The Eagles lead the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns this season, including six from Hurts and five from running back MILES SANDERS. They are the only pair of teammates each with at least five rushing touchdowns this season. Sanders has four rushing touchdowns in his past four and aims for his third in a row overall with a rushing touchdown.
Wide receiver A.J. BROWN registered six receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns last week. Each of his three touchdown receptions came in the first half and at 39, 27 and 29 yards, he became the first player since DREW BENNETT (December 5, 2004) with three touchdown receptions of 25-or-more yards in the first half of a game. Since 2019, Brown has six games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with JUSTIN JEFFERSON for the second-most in the NFL. Brown (39 receptions for 659 yards this season), wide receiver DEVONTA SMITH (38 receptions for 420 yards) and tight end DALLAS GOEDERT (32 receptions for 421 yards) are the only trio of teammates in 2022 each with at least 30 receptions and 400 receiving yards.
Philadelphia enters Week 9 ranked second in the NFC in scoring defense (16.9 points per game allowed) and total defense (298.1 yards per game allowed). Linebacker HAASON REDDICK has recorded 5.5 sacks in his past five and had 1.5 sacks in his last game against the Texans (September 23, 2021, with Carolina on Thursday Night Football). Safety C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON recorded his career-high fourth interception of the season last week as the Eagles rank tied for second in the league with 10 interceptions as a team this season. Cornerback JAMES BRADBERRY has recorded at least one pass defensed in each of the team’s first seven games this season and is the only player in the NFL with at least 10 passes defensed in each of the past seven seasons. Bradberry and cornerback DARIUS SLAY are tied for first in passed defensed since 2016 (92 each).
Houston quarterback DAVIS MILLS is slated to make his 10th career home start. In his first nine home starts, he has recorded 17 touchdown passes against four interceptions for a 104.7 rating. Since 2021, he is one of three AFC quarterbacks (JOE BURROW and TUA TAGOVAILOA) with a home passer rating of 100-or-higher (minimum five starts). Rookie running back DAMEON PIERCE registered his first career touchdown reception last week and has a touchdown in four of his past five games. He leads all rookies with four games with 100-or-more scrimmage yards and aims for his seventh in a row with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Wide receiver BRANDIN COOKS has at least four receptions in six of his first seven games this season. He aims for his third in a row against Philadelphia with at least 50 receiving yards and third in a row on Thursday with at least 85 receiving yards.
Defensive lineman JERRY HUGHES leads the Texans with five sacks this season, his sixth-career season with at least five sacks. Linebacker CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY has at least five tackles in each of his first seven games in 2022 and aims for his third in a row on Thursday Night Football with at least 10 tackles. Rookie defensive back JALEN PITRE has at least five tackles in six of his first seven career games and aims for his third in a row at home with a tackle for loss. Defensive back JONATHAN OWENS leads all defensive backs with four games with at least 10 tackles this season.
Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Eagles lead all-time series, 5-0
STREAKS Eagles have won past 5
LAST GAME 12/23/18: Texans 30 at Eagles 32
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/14: Eagles 31, Texans 21
LAST WEEK: W 35-13 vs. Pittsburgh
COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0
PTS. FOR 28.0
PASSING Jalen Hurts: 142-212-1,799-10-2-105.0
RUSHING Miles Sanders: 114-563-4.9-5
RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 39-659-16.9-5
PTS. AGAINST 16.9
SACKS Haason Reddick: 5.5
INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 4
TAKE/GIVE +12 (14/2)
PUNTING (NET) Aaryn Siposs: 45.9 (40.8)
KICKING Jake Elliott: 38 (20/21 PAT; 6/7 FG)
PHILADELPHIA can advance to 8-0 for 1st time in franchise history. • QB JALEN HURTS passed for 285 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career high 140.6 rating in Week 8. Has won 10 consecutive starts, longest streak by Eagles QB in team history. Has 993 combined pass & rush yards (331 per game) & 6 TDs (3 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs in 3 road starts in 2022. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 78 yards & TD last week. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row on with rush TD. • WR A.J. BROWN had 6 catches for 156 yards & career-high 3 rec. TDs last week. Has 6 games with 150+ rec. yards since 2019, tied-2nd most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 563 rec. yards (93.8 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Hou. Aims for his 4th in row at Hou. with TD catch. • WR DEVONTA SMITH has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ catches & 85+ rec. yards & 4th in row overall with 5+ catches. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 5.5 sacks in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Had 1.5 sacks in his last game vs. Hou. (9/23/21 w/ Car. on TNF). • D JAVON HARGRAVE had 5th-career 2-sack game last week. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 4th-career sack & career-high 4th INT of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with INT. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY aims for his 8th in row with PD & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 7 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with INT. Since 2016, Bradberry & CB DARIUS SLAY lead NFL with 92 PD each.
LAST WEEK L 17-10 vs. Tennessee
COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 5-2
PTS. FOR 16.6
PASSING Davis Mills: 149-236-1,502-8-6-81.9
RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 121-539-4.5-3
RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 32-354-11.1-1
PTS. AGAINST 22.0
SACKS Jerry Hughes: 5
INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE +2 (8/6)
PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 48.7 (43.1)
KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 50 (11/11 PAT; 13/15 FG)
QB DAVIS MILLS passed for 152 yards & TD vs. INT last week. In 9 career home starts, has 2,314 pass yards (257.1 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 104.7 rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating in his only career start on TNF (9/23/21 vs. Car.). • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) had 51 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 16 rec.) & 1st career TD catch last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 7th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies with 4 games with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 4 catches for team-high 73 rec. yards last week. Has 4+ receptions in 6 of 7 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. • DL JERRY HUGHES had 5th sack of season & 2 TFL last week, his 6th career season with 5+ sacks. Has 3 sacks in 3 home games in 2022. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY has 5+ tackles in each of his 1st 7 games this season & aims for his 10th in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 10+ tackles. • LB CHRISTIAN HARRIS (rookie) led team with 7 tackles last week. • DB JALEN PITRE (rookie) had 2 PD last week. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 1st 7 career games. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL & 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. • DB STEVEN NELSON had 1st INT of season last week. Had 5 PD in 2022 & has 5+ PD in 6 of his past 7 seasons. Had 50 tackles & 7 PD with Phi. in 2021. • DB JONATHAN OWENS leads all DBs with 4 games with 10+ tackles in 2022.