Jalen Hurts looked every bit the part of a franchise quarterback in a 32-6 blowout win against the Atlanta Falcons. Though it is only fair to point out Hurts was going up against extremely clueless Atlanta defenders who often appeared unaware they were supposed to guard the opposing receivers.
Hurts was accurate and efficient though he was often throwing to targets with yards of space away from the nearest defender.
Jalen finished the day with 264-passing yards and 3-passing touchdowns adding in 62-rushing yards seemingly scrambling out of the pocket and getting first downs at will. A Philly team expected to look lost looked like a division contender in week one.
Jalen Hurts embarrassed Atlanta on his way to what will be a breakout season for the young quarterback
Hurts certainly benefitted from facing a very bad Atlanta Falcons secondary. The Eagles could have won this game with marginal quarterback play. However, Hurts’ ability and leadership stood out in the Eagles’ rout of Atlanta.
After an off-season of failing to be named the starter when Joe Flacco was his only competition Hurts left no question as to whether or not Philly made the right call. Hurts is a franchise quarterback and despite the ineptitude of the Atlanta defense, he outplayed expectations in week one.
Part of what is going to make Hurts so successful this season is his ability to make plays outside of the pocket. His ability to scramble and find the open receiver or get the yardage himself is an instinct you cannot teach.
Philly will be aided by the fact they are playing within a weak NFC East a division with a healthy Jalen they will be contending for. Beating the Falcons isn’t a huge accomplishment, but for Hurts, it was a step in the right direction and a flash of what could be an exciting future for the Eagles at quarterback.