PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts wasn’t even asked about his last performance on “Monday Night Football.” He brought up the embarrassing game himself.
The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t even competitive in a 20-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated in Week 3 of last season. Hurts looked overmatched against a tenacious defense that exposed a lot of weaknesses in the young quarterback’s game.
Getting another shot at the “Monday Night Football” spotlight in front of a national audience, Hurts turned in the best performance of his young career. Hurts finished an astonishing 26 of 31 for 333 yards with a passing touchdown (108.7 rating) while rushing 11 times for 57 yards and two scores in the Eagles’ dominant victory over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night.
Hurts became the first player in NFL history to throw for 300-plus yards, complete 80% of his passes and rush for multiple touchdowns in a single game. It was the kind of performance franchise quarterbacks make on the national stage.
“I remember the last time we came out here and played on ‘Monday Night Football.’ I haven’t forgotten about that,” Hurts said. “To be able to come out here and perform at a high level as a team, that’s big for us. We performed at a high level and still left so much money on the table.
“The standard has not been met. Hell of a game tonight, but there’s a hell of a lot to learn from.”
Hurts was nearly flawless in a performance that silenced plenty of his doubters about whether he’s the long-term answer in Philadelphia. His 83.9% completion percentage was the highest by an Eagles player since Nick Foles in 2018. He started the game off with 11 consecutive completions — the longest streak of a game to begin his career.
Even with the standout performance, Hurts is far from satisfied. There was one thing that irked Hurts, something he badly wants to…
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Author : Jeff Kerr
Publish date : 2022-09-20 13:04:30
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