Jordan Howard

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Jordan Howard in action against the New York Jets on Sunday in Philadelphia. He leads the Eagles in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. — AP Photo/Matt Rourke

When the Philadelphia Eagles made the trade for running back Jordan Howard in the offseason, they wanted a player who could bolster the team’s ground attack. Well, Howard has been doing a solid job of picking up chunks of yardage on the ground.

He had 13 carries for 62 yards to help the Eagles defeat the New York Jets, 31-6, on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Howard averaged 4.8 yards a carry against the Jets. He got the offense moving with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

“I feel we got it going early,” Howard said. “Then they bogged us down a little bit with some of the stuff they were doing. Some of the things I was doing need to get better, but I feel like we picked it back up.”

Howard has been a major factor in the team’s recent success. He leads the team with four rushing touchdowns and has five TDs overall in the last three games. Howard also leads the team in rushing with 248 yards on 53 carries this season. A week ago, he had 15 carries for 87 yards and two TDs in the Eagles’ 34-27 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles (3-2) were able to get their second consecutive victory over the struggling Jets (0-4). But Howard feels you can’t underestimate any team in the NFL.

“You can never take any team for granted in the NFL,” Howard said. “They are in the NFL for a reason, and they have a great defense with a bunch of hungry young dogs. You have to bring it from the jump. This was a good momentum win for us. So we just have to keep it going.”

With the win over the Jets, the Eagles are tied for first place with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East Division. The Cowboys are coming off a 34-24 loss to the Packers. Dallas has lost its last two games.

The Eagles will be on the road for the next three weeks. They will face the Minnesota Vikings in the first of three away games on Sunday, Oct. 13. The kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Fox29. Howard believes this was a key win for the Eagles heading into the stretch of road games against Minnesota, Dallas and the Buffalo Bills in succession.

“It feels great,” Howard said. “Our defense carried us today, which was nice to see. We have to have their backs as well. That was a tough defense we played, but we expect to move the ball on every defense. We have to get back to work, and fix everything we messed up on.”

Howard will try to keep the running game moving against the Vikings.

dhunt@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5719

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