When you’re the best player on the best team in football, it’s not surprising that the accolades begin to come in droves. Jalen Hurts has been named as the NFC Offensive player of the week for Week 12. Following an impressive 40-33 win over the Green Bay Packers in which he set the franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Jalen Hurts tallied over 150 yards passing and 157 yards rushing, being the first quarterback in NFL history to have over 125 yards both running and throwing in a first half.
“For us, we can kind of do it all as you know. We do everything at a pretty consistent basis, that’s what we strive for, and I think we’ve done that in moments this year, and I think that’s our standard.” Hurts said after the win. “I feel like there will be games where I have a day like this or an impact in the game on the ground. There’s a day where [WR] AJ [Brown] has three touchdowns in the first half. There’s a game where [WR Davonta Smith] Smitty has 150 [yards] in the first half. It’s a ton of different scenarios in ways this thing can go as an offense. I think that has helped us a lot, being able to be diverse.”
It is the second time Hurts’ has won a regular-season distinction award this season after winning the Player of the Month in September.
All Eyes on Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts’ play has caught the eye of more than just his everyday opponents. Some of the all-time greats have stepped up to compliment him as well.
“He’s playing at a very, very high level and they are a tough team to stop.” Tom Brady said on his SiriusXM Podcast. “His ability to make plays in the run game is very impressive..and then to have the ability to pass the football like he does well, that’s why the team is so successful.”
The Eagles franchise quarterback has enjoyed one of the better seasons in franchise history. The former second-round pick has accumulated over 3,000 total yards throwing and running, and over 25 combined touchdowns. His QBR, passer rating, completion percentage, and turnover ratio are all among the very top of the NFL.
His play has also been a major reason why he now has the second-best odds to win the NFL MVP award. Jalen Hurts is also catching the eye of key analysts as well.
In ESPN’s latest “Top 25 Under 25” ranking, Hurts clocks in as the 9th-best player and second-best quarterback on the list behind Justin Herbert. He’s one spot higher than former teammate Tua Tagovailoa. At 24 years old, Hurts is not only fitted well across the league but on the pace to become one of the league’s brightest stars.
In there rankings, ESPN says Jalen Hurts “is the picture of the modern quarterback, with an ability to beat defenses with his legs, intermediate passing and stretching the field vertically. Hurts has risen from Day 2 draft prospect to franchise quarterback.”
It’s been a very successful week for the Eagles starting quarterback, and an even better year. How the former Alabama and Oklahoma standout finishes will determine just how far the Eagles go this season.
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