Jalen Hurts’ hands went numb, didn’t have good vision to start the game thanks to the cold weather conditions in Chicago
It was pretty clear to see that Jalen Hurts didn’t have his best stuff at the beginning of the Eagles’ 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears.
Following the game, Hurts spoke with the media and explained that the wind and cold affected his play and that his hands were numb and that he didn’t have good vision, which could be a reason why he threw two interceptions. The first INT from Hurts was by far the worst throw he’s made all season, so I’m perfectly fine with blaming that on the cold weather and numb hands.
Jalen Hurts Interception
Jalen Hurts: I’ve never played in anything that cold
It really should come as no surprise that a bunch of SEC football players born and raised in the South never really had to experience freezing cold temperatures. The most northern schools in the SEC would be Missouri and Kentucky and even then, you’re not playing at either school in mid-December.
DeVonta Smith was also unhappy with the weather conditions up north, as seen on video when he was mic’d up when the Eagles hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 2nd earlier this year.
Of course, the rest of the season and the playoffs outside of Dallas next week and the Super Bowl in Arizona will run through Philadelphia where temperatures will likely be in the teens or mid-20s. Hopefully Hurts and the rest of the Eagles got a taste of how cold it can be out on the field in Chicago and will better prepare themselves for the road ahead. Load the Eagles sidelines up with hand warmers, jackets, hell, maybe even a few space heaters for the playoffs. Whatever it takes to keep our guys warm.