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D’Andre Swift’s huge game helps Eagles take down Vikings in Week 2

We break down the Eagles running back usage in Week 2.

D’Andre Swift #0 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on September 14, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Final update: Swift absolutely balled out on Thursday night. He finished with 28 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown. Swift added three receptions for six more yards. Boston Scott was dealing with concussion symptoms but finished with five carries for 40 yards. Rashaad Penny had three carries for nine yards and one reception for five additional yards.

Third quarter update: It feels like Philly really is going to ride a hot hand in the backfield. Swift has 18 carries for 107 yards through three quarters. Scott had five carries for 40 yards but is being checked out for a concussion. Penny finally took the field in the third quarter but had just two carries for 8 yards.

First half update: Swift dominated the snaps among running backs. He had 31 compared to Scott’s nine. Penny is supposedly active but has yet to take the field. Swift has 12 carries for 62 yards and two receptions for an additional yard. Scott has looked solid with five carries for 41 yards.

First Quarter Update: It was a wild first quarter with turnovers by both teams. The Eagles ran 20 offensive plays over four drives. Swift remains the heavy hand with 16 snaps compared to Scott’s four. Swift has four carries for 24 yards, while Scott hasn’t registered a stat.

The Philadelphia Eagles are taking on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2’s edition of Thursday Night Football. The Eagles entered this season with a crowded backfield consisting of Kenneth Gainwell, D’Andre Swift, Rashaad Penny and Boston Scott. Penny was a healthy scratch when the team beat the New England Patriots in Week 1. This week, though, Gainwell was ruled out ahead of the game. This left Swift, Penny and Scott as the active RBs for Philly.

The door for a hot hand is wide open for the active trio of runners. Swift was the starting running back. After Philly’s first drive, he got every snap but only had one carry for a one-yard gain.

Gainwell led the way against the Pats last week with 14 carries for 54 yards and four receptions for 20 yards. Swift and Scott were barely used, with the former only having one carry for three yards and one reception on two targets. Scott also had one carry for three yards and brought in his lone target for seven additional yards.