How Jalen Hurts channeled his “inner Michael Jordan” on TD drive vs. Dallas
After jumping out to a 20-0 lead, the Eagles allowed Dallas to cut the lead to three in the 4th quarter.
Cooper Rush had just capped off a 93-yard drive with a TD pass to rookie tight end Jake Ferguson with 14:39 remaining. The Eagles had amounted to just six yards of total offense in the second half. It was then that Jalen Hurts reminded himself of a quote from the legendary Michael Jordan:
“I think about Michael Jordan when he said [to himself], ‘Put them away, MJ,’” Hurts said. “You want to put them away. You don’t want to give them an opportunity to make it a close game or get an opportunity to have the ball in their hands. And that’s the mentality we have.”
Just as he did last week in Arizona, Hurts executed a methodical drive that chewed up over seven minutes of clock, resulting in a game-winning TD throw to DeVonta Smith. The drive consisted of ten runs to just three passes but Hurts made plays when he needed to, converting a 3rd & 4 with his legs and finding AJ Brown for a 22-yard completion.
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CJ Gardner-Johnson iced the game with an interception on Dallas’ next possession (Rush’s third of the game), effectively keeping Philly’s unbeaten record intact as they head into the bye.
Hurts finished the day 15-25 passing for 155 yards and 2 TDs, but most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over, and that’s been the theme for him the entire season. His two lone turnovers on the year came off batted balls, and Hurts continues to be amongst the league leaders in overall passer rating.
That’s the most daunting factor about this year’s Eagles team — Hurts doesn’t have to put up the stats he did in Minnesota for Philadelphia to be successful. With the number of layers to this offense, Hurts just has to play smart football to carry his team into the postseason and potentially beyond.
Following Hurts’ first career win over Dallas, the Eagles sit at 6-0 for the first time since 2004 with a favorable schedule ahead.
Jalen Hurts through six weeks:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 18, 2022
• 1,807 total yards — 3rd
• 8.2 yards/attempt — 3rd
• 98.4 passer rating — 5th
• 12 total TDs — 5th
• 66.8 comp. % — 9th
• Just two turnovers pic.twitter.com/IVfike89jW
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