Media reacts to Jalen Hurts' first NFL win in first career start
Making his first National Football League start in place of Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, who starred for both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oklahoma Sooners, led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
Philadelphia improved to 4-8-1, just a game-and-a-half back of the Washington Football Team in the NFC East, while New Orleans fell to 10-3, still two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South.
Hurts completed 17-of-30 passes (56.7 percent) for 167 yards and a touchdown pass to ex-South Carolina Gamecock Alshon Jeffery and carried the football 18 times for 106 yards.
Playing a large role in the Eagles’ first win since November 1, many members of the media were complimentary of Hurts’ performance.
Jalen Hurts is a guy you never want to set limits on or bet against. #Eagles were smart to give him this late-season audition. What he did today against this Saints defense is very encouraging.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) December 14, 2020
The @Eagles as a team played their best game of the season. Coached their best game of the season-BUT-credit where it’s due—Jalen Hurts played really really good football and his legs were an absolute difference maker. ???
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) December 14, 2020
Jalen Hurts just scored 24 on the NFL's best defense by running for 106 yards with his effortless speed/strength and throwing a TD pass. In this game, Wince would've been sacked 6 times, thrown 3 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 14, 2020
Hurts will make his first road start on December 20, when Philadelphia travels to Glendale’s State Farm Stadium to battle the Arizona Cardinals (7-6) at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.