PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts rolled to his proper, scampered down the sideline and stutter-stepped to the 5-yard line, the place he was wrapped up by a defender with one other in pursuit. Hurts twisted his physique, lowered his head, dragged two defenders with him and powered his manner in for an adrenaline-filled 26-yard landing run that broke the sport open.
Just possibly, or so the Eagles can hope, there are various extra performs like that one forward.
Hurts had 301 whole yards in the primary half in the breakout recreation of his younger profession, ending with three whole touchdowns as he led Philadelphia to a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening.
“Big-time efficiency on a big-time stage,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni mentioned.
Trying to show he can play like the most effective franchise QBs in the NFL, Hurts appeared downright unstoppable from the opening drive.
Hurts hit 5 receivers on 5-for-5 passing – highlighted by a 19-yard strike to AJ Brown – and completed the drive himself with a 3-yard scoring run. In the opening win in opposition to Detroit, Hurts failed to finish a cross on 5 makes an attempt and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs on the primary drive of the sport.
Turn the ball over on downs?
That appeared like only a rumor in opposition to the Vikings. The TD was simply the liftoff for the 24-year-old Hurts throwing, operating, imposing his will with all his obtainable instruments in opposition to a Vikings protection that might not resolve him in his twenty first profession begin. He completed with 333 yards passing and a landing, and 57 yards and two scores on the bottom.
“Another excellent efficiency. He threw some unbelievable balls. He made quite a lot of performs,” Eagles heart Jason Kelce mentioned. “This was a extremely nice, well-rounded recreation for him.”
On the primary play of the second quarter, Hurts related with a wide-open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard TD and the 14-0 lead.
“It all the time comes with time and as time goes on, you discover extra consolation with what you are doing,” Hurts mentioned.
Darius Slay, who had two interceptions in opposition to a hapless Kirk Cousins, known as every of the Eagles’ trio of gifted receivers Batman.
There was, Brown, the “swole” Batman who had 5 catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “quick” Batman who had the burners on for the simple rating (and 69 whole yards receiving).
Why are all of them Batman?
“No Robins. We’ve received no sidekicks,” Slay mentioned.
Hurts dazzled with the 26-yard TD with 1:58 left in the half and Jake Elliott nonetheless had time to kick a 38-yarder and the Eagles took a 24-7 lead into halftime.
“I do not suppose it issues how we rating so long as we’re placing factors on the board,” Hurts mentioned.
In a Week 2 filled with inconceivable comebacks, maybe it wasn’t sensible to rely out the Vikings.
But Cousins and extensive receiver Justin Jefferson – famously handed over by the Eagles in the 2020 draft – by no means received something going of substance in opposition to the Eagles and maligned defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the sport in the fourth quarter because the scoreboard quickly flashed “Big Play Slay.”
“It felt at occasions, me included, like we pressed somewhat bit,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned.
Hurts had 50 yards dashing and 251 yards passing in the primary half. Cousins completed the sport 27 for 46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. His lone TD was on a 2-yard cross to Irv Smith in the second quarter. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards per week after he had 184 receiving yards and two TDs in a win in opposition to Green Bay.
“I take no matchup flippantly, however he is likely one of the finest in the world. I’m probably the greatest in the world, too. I used to be trying ahead to the matchup,” Slay mentioned of Jefferson.
Bryce Harper (sporting an Eagles hat), James Harden (who was handed the ball by Slay after his first interception) and Bradley Cooper (sporting an Allen Iverson T-shirt) have been among the many jam-packed and fight-song singing crowd on the Eagles’ residence opener.
Harden was pumped together with his memento, posting an Instagram picture of his left hand holding the ball with the caption “Gimme That!” The Philadelphia 76ers star snapped selfies with followers earlier than he left late in the sport.
Harden waited in the tunnel for Slay to autograph the soccer. Harden good-naturedly instructed Slay he ought to have had much more interceptions.
“He was shocked that I gave it to him,” mentioned Slay, who famous that he stored the ball from the second decide.
Dick Vermeil acquired his Hall of Fame ring at halftime. In his third season in Philadelphia, the teaching nice led the Eagles to their first playoff look in 18 years. He guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl look in the 1980 season solely to lose to the Oakland Raiders, 27-10.
Vikings security Harrison Smith was evaluated for a concussion.
Vikings: Return residence Sunday to play the Lions.
Eagles: Start a reunion tour Sunday once they head out to play the Washington Commanders and former QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles return residence Sunday, Oct. 2 and play the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by coach Doug Pederson. Wentz and Pederson, in fact, performed pivotal roles in serving to the Eagles win the Super Bowl after the 2017 season.
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