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Jalen Hurts breaks out as Eagles cruise past Vikings

PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts rolled to his proper, scampered down the sideline and stutter-stepped to the 5-yard-line, the place he was wrapped up by a defender with one other in pursuit. Hurts twisted his physique, lowered his head, dragged two defenders with him and powered his method in for an adrenaline-filled 26-yard landing run that about broke the sport open.

Simply perhaps, or so the Eagles can hope, there are numerous extra performs like that one forward.

Hurts had 301 complete yards within the first half within the breakout sport of his younger profession, ending with three complete touchdowns as he led Philadelphia to a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening.

“Massive-time efficiency on a big-time stage,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni mentioned.

Attempting to show he can play like the most effective franchise QBs within the NFL, Hurts regarded downright unstoppable from the opening drive.

Hurts hit 5 receivers on 5-for-5 passing — highlighted by a 19-yard strike to A.J. Brown — and completed the drive himself with a 3-yard scoring run. Within the opening win in opposition to Detroit, Hurts failed to finish a move on 5 makes an attempt and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs on the primary drive of the sport.

Jalen Hurts throws a 53-yard landing move.
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Flip the ball over on downs?

That appeared like only a rumor in opposition to the Vikings. The TD was simply the liftoff for the 24-year-old Hurts throwing, working, imposing his will with all his out there instruments in opposition to a Vikings protection that would not remedy him in his twenty first profession begin. He completed with 333 yards passing and a landing, and 57 yards and two scores on the bottom.

“One other excellent efficiency. He threw some unbelievable balls. He made loads of performs,” Eagles middle Jason Kelce mentioned. “This was a extremely nice, well-rounded sport for him.”

Darius Slay intercepts a pass intended for Justin Jefferson.
Darius Slay intercepts a move supposed for Justin Jefferson.
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On the primary play of the second quarter, Hurts related with a wide-open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard TD and the 14-0 lead.

“It all the time comes with time and as time goes on, you discover extra consolation with what you’re doing,” Hurts mentioned.

Darius Slay, who had two interceptions in opposition to a hapless Kirk Cousins, had known as every of the Eagles’ trio of gifted receivers Batman.

There was, Brown, the “swole” Batman who had 5 catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “quick” Batman who had the burners on for the straightforward rating (and 69 complete yards receiving).

Why are all of them Batman?

“No Robins. We’ve bought no sidekicks,” Slay mentioned.

Hurts dazzled with the 26-yard TD with 1:58 left within the half and Jake Elliott nonetheless had time to kick a 38-yarder and the Eagles took a 24-7 lead into halftime.

“I don’t assume it issues how we rating so long as we’re placing factors on the board,” Hurts mentioned.

Quez Watkins hauls in a touchdown reception.
Quez Watkins hauls in a landing reception.
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In a Week 2 filled with unbelievable comebacks, maybe it wasn’t sensible to rely out the Vikings.

However Cousins and extensive receiver Justin Jefferson — famously handed over by the Eagles within the 2020 draft — by no means bought something going of substance in opposition to the Eagles and maligned defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the sport within the fourth quarter because the scoreboard quickly flashed “Massive Play Slay.”

“It felt at instances, me included, like we pressed somewhat bit,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned.

Hurts had 50 yards speeding and 251 yards passing within the first half. Cousins completed the sport 27 for 46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. His lone TD was on a 2-yard move to Irv Smith within the second quarter. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards every week after he had 184 receiving yards and two TDs in a win in opposition to Inexperienced Bay.

“I take no matchup calmly, however he is among the finest on the planet. I’m among the best on the planet, too. I used to be trying ahead to the matchup,” Slay mentioned of Jefferson.

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