DENVER – Teddy Bridgewater didn’t want any part of Darius Slay.
Slay, the Eagles’ cornerback, was speeding past the Broncos’ offense after picking up a fumble, and Bridgewater, the Broncos’ quarterback, just let Slay race on by for an 83-yard return for a touchdown.
Just like that, the Eagles took control of a game the Broncos were threatening to tie and ended up rolling to a 30-13 win Sunday.
For the Eagles (4-6), the win gives them a chance for a playoff spot heading into the final seven games of the season with five of those remaining games against teams with three or fewer wins.
But it also continued the Eagles’ rushing dominance as they rushed for 214 yards. This one was more impressive, however, because the Broncos came into the game allowing just 98.3 rushing yards per game, ranking sixth in the NFL.
Yet Jordan Howard led the way with 83 yards, while Boston Scott had 81 and quarterback Jalen Hurts had 53. Hurts also had a strong game throwing the ball, completing 16 of 23 passes for 178 yards with 2 TDs and an interception.
The Broncos had no answer in the first half for rookie DeVonta Smith, who celebrated his 23rd birthday with two receiving touchdowns, including a beautiful leaping grab in the end zone from 36 yards out against his former Alabama teammate Patrick Surtain.
All of this was enough to overcome the loss of tight end Dallas Goedert, who left the game in the first quarter with a concussion.
Even the defense did its part to frustrate the Broncos (5-5) when they had chances to get back into the game.
Smith, however, set the tone early on.
The rookie wide receiver scored two touchdowns in the first half, enabling the Eagles to take a 20-10 lead in the first half.
This came after the Broncos erased the Eagles’ 10-0 lead.
Then Smith struck again, catching a 5-yard pass in the back of the end zone with 3:07 left in the half for a 17-10 lead. Smith had all 4 of his catches for 66 yards in the first half.
Denver drove down the field to start the…