Jalen Hurts has a chance to make NFL rushing history in final two weeks of season
To say I love Jalen Hurts would be an understatement. Eagles fans have seen some major progression from QB1 throughout the season and we still have two regular season games remaining, with a chance to make the playoffs via the Wild Card still on the line. Hurts also has a chance to make QB rushing TD history over the final two weeks of the season.
But first, let’s start with the passing game.
Hurts has improved from 52% to 62% accuracy this season and has become more collected with staying in the pocket. His run game has been smarter and he’s beginning to show what a dual threat he can really be.
Hurts passer rating in the red zone is incredible and ranks higher than some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season.
Red Zone Passer Ratings:
- Jalen Hurts — 100.5
- Josh Allen — 98.4
- Matthew Stafford — 98.3
- Justin Herbert — 97.2
- Aaron Rodgers — 92.3
- Patrick Mahomes — 90.2
While Hurts is becoming more of a threat as a passer, his run game is what makes Hurts stand out from the other quarterbacks in the league. The Eagles have become the first team to rush at least 175 yards in seven consecutive games since the Bears in 1985, thanks in major part to Jalen Hurts.
Hurts is the only player in NFL HISTORY with 3,500+ passing yards and 1,000+ rushing yards in their first 17 career starts. Holy Shit.
With two games left in the regular season, Hurts has the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in the league and first among quarterbacks.
Jalen Hurts rushes for three touchdowns against the Saints
With his 10 rushing touchdowns already, Hurts may be able to break the NFL record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season.
The current record is 14 by Cam Newton in 2011.
While it’s unlikely Hurts can get five more rushing touchdowns in only two games to break the record, he did rush for three against the Saints. Still, I think is perfectly realistic to at the very least, tie the record held by Newton.
With Miles Sanders out for this Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team, Nick Sirianni could rely more on Hurts for some rushing yards and use his legs as a weapon inside the red zone.
The Philadelphia Eagles currently lead the NFL with 2,448 rushing yards, and Hurts is responsible for 740 of those yards and also leads the league on QB designed runs.
DeVonta Smith is chasing DeSean Jackson for most receiving yards by an Eagles rookie WR and Jalen Hurts is hunting down Cam Newtons QB rushing touchdown record. Hopefully these two will continue to break records while securing a playoff birth this Sunday against the Washington Football Team.
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