Jalen Hurts Leads the Eagles to Dominate Win in Detroit
The Philadelphia Eagles rolled the Detroit Lions 44-6 at Ford Field to improve to 3-5 on the season. It was the Eagles' largest margin of victory since a 43-point win over the Chicago Bears in December 2013.
Coming into Sunday’s contest, Hurts had accounted for 85% of the Eagles offense, the highest percentage in the NFL, but against Detroit, the Eagles found balance in their offense. Philadelphia committed to the run game early to lessen some of the burdens that have been put on Hurts. The Eagles ran for 236 yards, surpassing their previous season-high of 173 yards.
Boston Scott and Jordan Howard each accounted for two touchdowns. Hurts went 9-for-14 for 103 yards, completing a pass to four different players, and also gained 71 yards on seven rushing attempts in three quarters of play. Although his stats won’t blow you away, there were plenty of positive takeaways from Hurts’ performance.
Hurts has been criticized this season for leaving the pocket too early while routes were developing downfield. This week, Hurts looked comfortable throwing in the pocket. He was a perfect five-of-five yesterday on passes between 10-19 yards.
He stepped into this throw to the sideline and found his former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith for a 15-yard completion.
On 3rd-and-12 from the shadow of his endzone, Hurts was able to evade the rush and pick up 20 yards using his legs.
After the game Hurts was asked if he was okay with only having 14 pass attempts: “I’m okay with winning,” he said.
More importantly, Hurts played a clean game. It was the first time in three games that he did not commit a turnover.
The 23-year-old quarterback started his 12th NFL game on Sunday and deserves time to continue to develop. With head coach Nick Sirianni getting creative with his play designs and showing a commitment to the ground game, Philadelphia can carry this momentum moving forward.
Philadelphia will take on the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday, Nov. 7 on CBS.