Hurts, so good! Eagles QB dominant in 24-7 win over Vikings
The Eagles’ home-opening 24-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings might be etched within the reminiscence of 69,879 followers in attendance on the rowdy Lincoln Monetary Area and complete nationwide viewers tuned in for Monday Evening Soccer as the sport that Jalen Hurts proved himself to be the quarterback the crew has repeatedly preached he’s.
He is a dynamic, game-deciding, play-making chief.
In his second home-opener because the crew’s beginning quarterback, Jalen Hurts posted 333 passing yards for a rating and two speeding touchdowns. His execution was near-flawless, barring a late-game interception with lower than 10 minutes left within the fourth quarter.
His efficiency statistically mirrored that of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s on November 15, 2010 – which additionally fell on a Monday evening. Vick and Hurts are the one quarterbacks in franchise historical past to throw for 300+ yards and run for two+ touchdowns in a single sport.
The deserved star of the primetime Monday evening showdown towards the NFC foe, Hurts was poised, correct, and efficient.
He facilitated touches to his complete arsenal of offensive weapons, finishing 26 of 31 passes to eight completely different teammates – 4 of whom posted 69+ receiving yards. Even nonetheless, Hurts earned nearly all of the crew’s factors along with his legs; he rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
“I mentioned it earlier, no man is an island, you could draw your energy from others. I can not carry out without opposite 10 on the sphere,” Hurts mentioned.
And similar to the opposite facet, they want me to do my job for them to eat. So it is a collective group. It was a giant crew win, a big-time crew win.”
He stole the present in a sport that was slated by followers of each group alike to be determined by the Eagles’ potential or incapacity to cowl the Vikings’ dominant third-year large receiver Justin Jefferson; he had essentially the most receiving yards in a participant’s first two seasons in NFL historical past.
As a substitute, Eagles cornerback Darius Slay had a comparable defensive efficiency to Hurts’ on offense, simply stopping Jefferson from making any impression.
Slay had extra interceptions than receptions allowed whereas the defender was Justin Jefferson. He noticed simply 5 targets and one reception whereas Slay coated him. Examine that to Week 1 – Jefferson had a career-high 184 receiving yards plus two touchdowns.
“You know the way it all the time goes – the older you get, the extra they suppose you are falling off. However I ain’t one in all them guys. I am nonetheless at an elite degree. I deserve a variety of respect in this league,” mentioned Slay.
Slay ensured it was a quiet sport for Jefferson, whom he says is his son Darion’s favorite large receiver within the league. He plans to present Darion the sports ball he earned from one of all his two interceptions on the evening; the opposite, he already gave it to Philadelphia 76er James Harden, who was in attendance on Monday evening.
Regardless of the crew’s profitable effort led by two captains, Hurts’ mindset stays centered on progress; the success units an elevated expectation inside the locker room.
“Like I mentioned, now we have an ordinary for ourselves, and it solely rises. A hell of a sport tonight. However there is a hell of rather a lot to be taught from,” Hurts mentioned.
The crew will go to the division-rival Washington Commanders on Sunday after a shortened week of preparation on the NovaCare Complicated.