Wilbert Montgomery ran for three touchdowns, including a club-record 90-yarder, as Philadelphia's defense came up with four interceptions and seven sacks to beat the Houston Oilers today, 35-14.
The victory broke a four-game losing streak for the National Conference Eagles, their record now a disappointing 2-5. Houston (1-6) is last in offense and defense in the American Conference.
Houston's Earl Campbell, the AFC's leading rusher for the last four seasons, was held to 26 yards in 18 carries, and hinted after the game that he wouldn't mind being traded if conditions don't change on the Oilers.
"I am disenchanted," he said. "I still like Texas -- I didn't say Houston -- because that's where I come from. I don't want to leave Texas but if I have to, I will.
"I'm 26 years old and in good physical shape. I can still run but you have to have the men up front and we don't have them. I'm not downgrading anybody but I have to think of myself. I'll play here until they say stop."
Despite the victory, the Eagles were booed by many of the 44,119 in Veterans Stadium (26,773 didn't show) throughout the afternoon.
Fans even booed quarterback Ron Jaworski when it was announced that his 45-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mike Quick in the second period tied the team's career record of 111 touchdown passes set by Norm Snead.
The Eagles led, 21-0, at halftime on a 20-yard touchdown return of an intercepted pass by cornerback Richard Blackmore in the first period, and second-quarter scores of three yards by Montgomery and the 45-yard pass to Quick, the Eagles' No. 1 draft pick this year. It was Quick's first NFL touchdown.