PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts rushed for 301 total yards in the first half in the defining game of his young career, finishing with three total touchdowns as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-7 victory over the Vikings. Minnesota Monday night.
Trying to prove he’s the franchise QB for the Eagles in his sophomore year, Hurts looked downright unstoppable on first practice.
Hurts hit five receivers on a 5-for-5 pass – highlighted by a 19-yard strike to AJ Brown – and finished the drive himself with a 3-yard run. In the first win over Detroit, Hurts failed to complete a pass on five attempts and the Eagles turned the ball over on tries in the game’s first practice.
Overturn the ball in the downs?
It looked like a simple rumor against the Vikings. The TD was just the take-off for the 24-year-old Hurts, who throws, runs, imposes his will with all his available tools against a Vikings defense that couldn’t resolve it in his 21st career start. He finished with 333 passing yards and a touchdown, and 57 yards and two rushing scores.
On the first play of the second quarter, Hurts connected on a wide open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Slay, who caught an ill-fated pass from Kirk Cousins in the third quarter, had called each of the Eagles’ talented receiver trio Batman.
There was, Brown, the “swole” Batman who had five catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “fast” Batman who had the burners on for the easy score (and 69 total yards).
Why are they all Batman?
“No Robins. We don’t have sidekicks,” Slay said.
Hurts had one more game for the highlights reel with just under two minutes left in the first half. Hurts rolled to his right and scampered towards the end zone. He dragged two defensemen with him, put his head down, and blasted his way in for a 26-yard touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Jake Elliott kicked 38 yards and the Eagles took a 24-7 halftime lead.
In a Week 2 full of unlikely comebacks, it might not have been wise to totally count the Vikings.
But Cousins and wide receiver Justin Jefferson — famously passed by the Eagles in the 2020 draft — never did anything of substance against the Eagles and decried defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter as the scoreboard soon displayed “Big Play Slay.”
Hurts had 50 rushing yards and 251 passing yards in the first half. Cousins finished the game 27 for 46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards a week after having 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a win over Green Bay.
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