In case you somehow missed last night’s offensive explosion, the Philadelphia Eagles pummeled the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. Jalen Hurts stepped up and put in the most complete game of his career, throwing for 333 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, completing 26/31 attempts while adding 57 rushing yards and a pair of rushing scores. To say this was the Jalen Hurts game would be an understatement and his teammates and coaches were naturally full of praise after the win.
Jalen Hurts draws praise
It was a big-time performance by him, obviously in the run game and the pass game.
Great run. Both of his touchdown runs were outstanding runs. The one, I know it was only four yards out, but it reminded me of that New Orleans one he made last year.
Big-time performance on a big-time stage. Nick Sirianni
Sirianni’s point is extremely important. Sure, Hurts looked at ease in the pocket, but the heart on some of those rushes was impressive. Deciding to juke back IN BOUNDS, split two defenders and lunge for the endzone was some gutsy leadership that lit a fire under the offense.
“Another outstanding performance. He threw some unbelievable balls. He made a lot of plays. This was a really great, well-rounded game for him it seemed like. I have to go back and watch the tape, but when I’m watching the tape I’m not assessing the quarterback. I just know the offense was moving really well and it seemed like Jalen was doing phenomenal.”Jason Kelce
He isn’t wrong. Hurts was dropping balls into buckets all day long for fun. There was a level of poise and swagger in the pocket previously unseen, and the ball was spread around almost perfectly. You couldn’t have asked for more from Jalen Hurts in week 2.
“I don’t know who was worried about that, but no one in the building was worried about his arm. We’ve got full confidence in the man and he comes and shows it every week.”Dallas Goedert
To say that Jalen Hurts is silencing his critics would be an understatement.
“I mean, him just stacking on what he did last week. How he continues to come in, day in [and day out], just doing his job. Going out there and making everyone better, holding everybody accountable, running the offense.”DeVonta Smith
Considering DeVonta Smith recorded 0 receiving yards last week, a sharp bounceback for him was huge and showed that Hurts was not only aware of the issue, but keen to corrrect it. He targeted Smitty on the opening play of the game and would go back to him 6 more times for a total of 80 yards. It was a big day for the two Bama products.
Jalen Hurts turned in the best performance of his career last night and if he can keep pushing in the right direction, then Howie Roseman may have to get the chequebook out sooner rather than later.
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