In a season that a majority of the teams are jumbled up in the middle of the pack in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of the few teams pulling away in the standings. They kept their groove going on Monday night, as Carson Wentz threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins. Wentz found Mack Hollins, Zach Ertz, Corey Clement, and Nelson Agholor in the end zone, helping Philadelphia improve to 6-1 with their fifth straight win. The one down side of the night for Philly was the loss of left tackle Jason Peters, who was carted off the field with a knee injury. It has been announced that Peters will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Wentz was able to take over in the second quarter after his team got off to a slow start with four straight three-and-outs to begin the game. Kirk Cousins had himself a quality night in the loss, as he threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's third loss of the year. The win for the Eagles gives them their first season series sweep of the Redskins since 2013, as they hold a 2.5-game lead on both Washington and Dallas in the NFC East. The first-place team will play host to the winless San Francisco 49ers next week, while the Redskins host the Cowboys, looking to get back above .500.
Simmons Records First Triple-Double, Sixers Get First Win
The Philadelphia 76ers followed their city's football team to victory on Monday night, earning their first win of the season, 97-86 over the Detroit Pistons. It was a night that the young stars took over, as Ben Simmons recorded his first-career triple-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, while Joel Embiid led all scorers with 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Philadelphia led for nearly the entire game, as Simmons recorded his first triple-double in just his fourth career game, helping his team hold off a furious Pistons rally. The Pistons came back from a 21-point deficit on Saturday night to beat the New York Knicks on the road, and then fell behind by 21 again on Monday night. They cut the deficit to as close as four, but could never take the lead against the younger Sixers. The night was even more special for Simmons after he missed his entire rookie year last season due to a foot injury. He fell two assists shy of a triple-double in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. The Pistons dropped to 2-2 on the season, as Andre Drummond finished with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Sixers will play host to a very good Houston Rockets team tomorrow night, while the Pistons stay home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves after a day off.
Antetokounmpo Stays Hot in Bucks' Victory
Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly thrown his name in the early MVP conversation, and Monday night was no different on his home floor. "The Greek Freak" went off for 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead his 3-1 Milwaukee Bucks over the Charlotte Hornets 103-94. The big man scored the final nine points of the game to keep his team on top, as he surpassed 30 points in the fourth straight game to begin the season. The MVP favorite added six assists to his stat line, as he shot 13-for-21 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line, coming off a career-high 44-point night in Saturday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Khris Middleton had 20 points in support, as the Bucks capitalized on Charlotte missing each of their final seven shots after the game was tied at 94. Frank Kaminsky had 18 points, while Jeremy Lamb added 17 points in the loss for the Hornets. Antetokounmpo made team history on Monday night, as his 147 total points through the first four games sets the franchise record for the most in team history, beating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 146 in 1970-71. The Bucks will play host to Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, while the Hornets return home for a matchup with the Denver Nuggets following an off-day.