“There’s a Lot to Learn From This Game”: Early MVP Candidate Jalen Hurts Does Not Seem Satisfied After Philadelphia Eagles Improve to 8–0

Published 11/04/2022, 12:30 PM EDT
Oct 16, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts during introductions before action against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles made history on TNF. The Jeffrey Lurie-owned Eagles achieved their first 8-0 start in franchise history. And one of the main weapons of this dynamic Eagles side has been quarterback Jalen Hurts. However, the 24-year-old QB is not satisfied.

Jalen Hurts is proud of what Philly has achieved this season. However, the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September feels that there is still room for improvement. “We’ve come a long way and I think we have ways to go. There’s a lot to learn from this game,” Hurts said.

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QB Jalen Hurts and Philly are unstoppable but it’s not enough

Philadelphia Eagles are the last team in the NFL this season to remain unbeaten. Their 8-0 perfect record comes after their 29-17 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday. The Birds put on a show with Jalen Hurts passing for 243 yards and a 77% completion rate with two touchdowns. RB Miles Sanders rushed for a touchdown in his third straight game, bringing Philly’s season tally to 16, the most in the league. A J Brown continued his run of good form but the wide receiver highlight was Dallas Goedert, who finished with 100 receiving yards in 8 receptions.

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Despite this dominant performance, Jalen Hurts thinks there is more to do. “Job is not done yet,” Hurts said. The Eagles allowed Houston Texans RB Dameon Pierce to rush for 139 yards, the most by a Houston rookie since Alfred Blue in 2014. The Texans also managed to score on their first offensive drive of the game. That is the first time Houston has done this season. Holes like these need to be filled according to Hurts.

Nov 3, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles center Jason Kelce also joined the post-match talk. Kelce reiterated the quarterback’s feelings and showered Jalen with praise. “He’s been one of the most tempered players in that position that I’ve ever played with,” Kelce said. “But you can’t get caught up in the noise,” added the Philly center.

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Can Hurts take the Birds to an unbeaten season?

The big question this season is if the Philadelphia Eagles can join the 2008 Patriots with Tom Brady and the 1972 Miami Dolphins in an esteemed NFL list. The only unbeaten regular season teams in the history of the NFL. Jalen Hurts looks well on the way to doing that. The Philadelphia resident who was a ball boy once for the Eagles team has over 2000 passing yards this season with only 2 interceptions into Week 9.

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Overall, Hurts enjoyed his first-ever game at the NRG Stadium. The Eagles are up against the Washington Commanders and Indianapolis Colts next. Can Jalen Hurts lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their second Super Bowl championship and make Philadelphia echo with the ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ chant?

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Rivu Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favourites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC and Formula 1.

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