The growth of Jalen Hurts was expected but with caution. The potential of a good QB was always there but his intangibles may have catapulted him into one of the top ten QBs in the league this season. While the jury is still out on the “running quarterback”, the fact of that matter is this, Jalen Hurts does it all but he does it with finesse.
While the Eagles QB has put on a show throughout this entire season, it has been the last two weeks that have truly put him over the top. After coming out flat against the Commanders and the Colts, Jalen Hurts has found a way to bring back the explosiveness to this offense.
Jalen Hurts making history
Against the Packers, Jalen Hurts made franchise history as he rushed for 157 yards to help lead the Eagles to a 40-33 victory. While ruling the ground game, Hurts also found ways to score through the air as he tossed 2 touchdowns and threw for 153 passing yards. A rare feat in NFL history as Jalen Hurts is only the 4th QB to ever do so. The other QB’s to accomplish this were Michael Vick, Colin Kaepernick, and Lamar Jackson.
It seems as if that was not enough for national pundits to declare Hurts as the front-runner in the MVP conversation or even as one of the better QBs in the league this season. For much of the Eagles season, the theory has been that the team has not beaten any good team. Although they convincingly beat the often-praised Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, none of it was enough.
The Eagles understood this and took it personally just in time for Sunday’s matchup against the Titans. While emotions were high due to this being labeled as the A.J. Brown revenge game, the Eagles had much more to prove on top of that.
The Titans were expected to be the more physical team with the defense that should’ve caused some issues for the Eagles’ offense. Unfortunately, the Eagles and Jalen Hurts are very good when studying the tape. They knew how to beat one of the worst secondaries in the league.
Jalen Hurts put on a passing clinic as he threw for 380 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. He then challenged the third-best rushing defense in a sprint for a rushing touchdown as well. Hurts put up madden numbers when his team needed him most and he did so efficiently.
The Eagles QB went 29/39 which led to a completion percentage of 74% and a QB rating of 130. Eye-opening for sure. Jalen Hurts has taken what defenses give him and has made his dinner with it every week. The offense has ran efficiently for the majority of the season but the young QB has done more than his fair share.
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