Jalen Hurts Top 5 Rankings on His 24th Birthday – Philly Sports

Love him or hate him, Jalen Hurts enters the 2022 season as the starting quarterback and face of the Eagles franchise. It’s crazy to think that the former second round pick is only 24 years old. Hearts is only the sixth youngest starter in football.

So, on Jalen Hurts’ birthday, we decided to dive into the archives and relive his five best games ever.

5. Jalen Hurts makes his debut

The Eagles’ 2020 season was a disaster. At 4-11-1, questions surrounding their starting quarterback, coach, and even general manager completely took over the locker room. It was no surprise that rookie Jalen Hurts started in early December.

Hurts completed 17 of 30 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown while also accounting for 100 yards to help the Eagles stun the Saints 10-2 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Was the game perfect from Hurts? No. But with a serious lack of weapons around him and against one of the best defenses in football, Hurts made an excellent play that helped Philadelphia fans celebrate for one of the few times all season.

4. The Herts-Herbert duel

Perhaps one of Hurts’ best starts to the 2021 season came in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert was unstoppable on offense and the Eagles barely had time to score the entire game. It was a miracle that Philadelphia was even in this game.

Yet in the limited snaps he played, Hurts matched Herbert play for play and helped Philadelphia tie the game late in the fourth quarter. The numbers don’t tell the whole story. Hurts was 11 for 17 and passed for just 162 yards, but his hit to DeVonta Smith in the fourth quarter was one of the highlights as the Eagles began to turn the corner in the second half.

The numbers don’t tell the whole story of Hurts/Herbert’s recruiting year.

3. Beatdown of the Falcons

Day 1 of the 2021 season was an excellent start to the Hurts/Sirianni era in Philadelphia. Philadelphia started the year against Atlanta, who arguably had an even worse year than the Eagles in 2020.

Hurts threw for over 260 yards and three touchdowns en route to a dominating 32-6 rout of the Falcons. Pin-point accuracy, balanced confidence in his legs and efficiency in the red zone have helped the Eagles quarterback get off to a great start in his first season as the face of the franchise.

2. Hurts duels with Kyler Murray

After going 1-0 in his first start against the Saints, Jalen Hurts lost an excellent game against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals in December 2020.

The Hurts and Eagles fell into a 16-0 hole after the first quarter, but battled back to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Hurts threw for 338 yards and three touchdown passes while also scoring once on the ground. Hurts looked like a franchise quarterback in this game and showed he has room for improvement in every aspect.

1. Both games against Washington in 2021

The Eagles’ 2021 season essentially came down to the two games against the Washington football team. In both contests, Jalen Hurts was arguably the best player on the field.

In the first game, the Eagles erased an early deficit and came back in large part thanks to their quarterback. The first game saw the team down 10-0 before Hurts took over. The then-23-year-old scored three times (2 shots, 1 assist) to help the Eagles win 27-17. Hurts accounted for over 290 yards passing and 38 yards rushing to help the Eagles gain over 500 yards of offense.

The second game was much more of a challenge.

While the first game in the Philly WFT was decimated by injuries, the second saw a much better defense fighting for their playoff lives. Washington led 16-7 before a second-half onslaught started by Hurts. The Eagles would make the playoffs with the win.

In both games, Hurts did what franchise quarterbacks are supposed to do: win the football game. If Hurts doesn’t play both games, the Eagles will likely lose and the team will be out of the playoff hunt. Numbers don’t tell the whole story when evaluating quarterbacks. That’s evident in Hurts’ first full year as the starting quarterback.

But if it wasn’t for him, the Eagles probably wouldn’t have been in the playoffs the year before. Jalen Hurts is entering his second full year as the starting quarterback. If he continues to show improvement like he did, the Eagles’ 2022 season could be even more special than last year.

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