Jalen Hurts, rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts gave up the Eagles attack that Doug Pederson was looking for. With his arms and legs, he defeated Philadelphia 24-21 against the New Orleans Saints, who saw their nine-match winning streak. ended.
He made his first start in battle with Carson Wentz, hurts 177 against 16-30 yards and a touchdown, and ran 18 times to 106 yards.
The Saints played 56 matches without allowing a 100-yard rush, the longest series in the Super Bowl era. Not only did the Eagles (4-8-1) destroy that, but two players crossed the century as Miles Sanders ran 14 times for 115 yards and two goals, including an 82-yard TD sprint to 17 increase the Eagles. t -0 at half-time – their first 17-point advantage since week 1.
Hurts and Sanders became the first Eagles quarterback / runner-up to rush 100 plus yards in the same game since Donovan McNabb (107) and Duce Staley (126) in 2002 against the New York Giants.
Hurts ’106 rushing yards are the second best after starting his career at QB since 1950. It was only in 2018 that Lamar Jackson (119) was left as an Elias.
With the win, the Eagles snapped up a four-match defeat while remaining close to the division-leading Washington Football Team.
Player and team sources told ESPN Chris Mortensen that the Hurts are responsible for the rest of the season, excluding injuries or catastrophic games. The Eagles remain committed to retaining Wentz and for a significant portion of its team to move forward, sources told Schefter. So while there’s some sorting out in the QB position in the long run, it’s a Hurts show for now.
New Orleans made a comeback in the second half, but Taysom Hill’s Josh Sweat tape bag reversed the flood with less than 10 minutes of playing time in the fourth and 2nd races. The Eagles followed Sanders ’second rushing TD with a six-player, 53-yard goal lead, prompting Hurts, the team’s second round last April, to break into the dance.
The victory came at a cost when three-quarters of the secondary – Darius Slay (head) and Avonte Maddox (knee) and security Rodney McLeod (knee) left with an injury and did not return. The defensive lines, Malik Jackson, Derek Barnett and Sweat, were also damaged.
But the defense still managed to score five sacks and 12 QB hits on the Hill, while the Saints were limited to 21 points, making it a lower season for New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Hurts have been helping the Eagles attack to the highest point since Week 6.