Updated: Nov 16, 2021
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The Eagles and Jalen Hurts are getting better each week and now they have an impressive win to show it.
Nick Sirianni, Hurts and the Eagles collected their best win of the season on Sunday in Denver, dominating for long stretches in all three phrases of the game in a 30-13 victory.
Each unit played a role in the win. The offense was balanced, and Jalen Hurts played perfect football for 3 quarters (he struggled at times as he was 1 for 3 for -1 yard and interception, although a lot happened on that play that led to the pick. The defense kept the Broncos and Bridgewater offense in check and even scored a touchdown of their own on a 83-yard fumble recovery by Darius Slay. The special teams blocked another field goal to keep Denver off the board to start the 3rd quarter.
The win moves the Eagles to 4-6 and keeps them very much in the playoff race for the final Wild Card spot and with New Orleans coming into town next week, the team and Hurts are getting better each week.
The schedule is getting much easier the rest of the way, they have a very real chance of making the postseason as a Wild Card team.
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Hurts looked the best he ever has in an Eagles’ uniform, and he came out firing from the start against the Broncos. He had a phenomenal pass on 3rd-and-12 to tight end Dallas Goedert for 24 yards on the second drive of the game, extending the drive and giving Philadelphia a new set of downs.
Then, four plays later, he gave DeVonta Smith a chance to make a contested catch in the end zone from 36-yards out, and his No. 1 wide receiver came down with it for the touchdown against Surtain who has played well all season. Two drives later Hurts was running for a 31-yards gain midway through the second quarter. He then found Watkins on 3rd-and-3 for a six-yard gain to get the offense to the Broncos nine-yard line, before capping the drive off with a five-yard touchdown to Smith.
By the time he hit Smith to give the Eagles a 17-10 lead, Hurts was 11/13 for 130, two touchdowns and a 147.9 passer rating while adding 52 yards on the ground. Hurts best throw of the game might have been an incompletion, as he hit receiver Watkins with a perfect pass right into his hands at the end of the first half in the end zone, but Watkins dropped it.
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As good as he was, Hurts didn’t have a perfect day. He had an ugly pass in the third quarter nearly intercepted by Justin Simmons, but DeVonta Smith (it’s nice seeing a Wide receiver make a play when needed) broke it up. Then, on the very next possession, he threw an ugly ball right to Simmons for the interception. The pass was impacted by Hurts’ arm being hit as he threw it, due to a missed block by Kenny Gainwell, but it still was a poor decision by Hurts.
The two poor throws do not take away from Hurts’ day, however. With Hurts playing like he did this Eagles’ offense can be very dangerous and very productive. His play was not only encouraging for the remainder of this season, but in the constant question of whether he can be the franchise quarterback. He answered the bell for at least 1 more week.
Written By: Chris Lahiff
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