PHILADELPHIA. Jalen Hurts wasn’t even asked about his last Monday Night Football appearance. He picked up an awkward game himself.
The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t even competitive, losing to the Dallas Cowboys by 20 points, which wasn’t close to the final score listed in week three last season. The Hearts looked weaker against a tenacious defense that exposed many weaknesses in the young quarterback’s game.
With another chance at the Monday Night Football spotlight in front of a national audience, Hurts delivered the best performance of his young career. The Hurts finished a stunning 26-of-31 for 333 yards with a passing touchdown (108.7 rating) as well as 11 times for 57 yards and two points in the Eagles’ dominant victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Hurts became the first player in NFL history to throw for 300-plus yards, complete 80% of his passes, and race for multiple touchdowns in a single game. It was sort of a national stage performance for the franchise’s quarterbacks.
“I remember the last time we came here and played Monday Night Football. I haven’t forgotten about it,” Herts said. “It is important for us to be able to play here and perform at a high level as a team. We performed at a high level and still left so much money on the table.
“The standard was not met. Today was a hell of a game, but there is a lot to learn.”
Hurts was nearly flawless in a game that silenced many of his doubts about being the long-term answer in Philadelphia. His 83.9% completion percentage was the highest for an Eagles player since Nick Fowles in 2018. He started the game with 11 consecutive completions, the longest game streak at the start of his career.
Even with an outstanding performance, Hurts is far from satisfied. There was one thing that annoyed Hurts, something he really wanted to fix the next time he took the field.
“The biggest disappointment for me was how we ended the game on offense,” Herts said when the Eagles were scoring no points in the second half. “We have to keep our foot on the gas.”
The first half was spectacular only as a showcase of elite quarterbacks. Hurts finished with 301 yards on offense at the half, becoming the first Eagles player to hit 300-plus yards in the first half since Michael Vick in 2010 (who was also on Monday Night Football). Hurts completed 85% of his passes (17 of 20) for 251 yards with a touchdown, and also rushed for 50 yards and scored twice.
Hurts is the first player to have three games with 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in his first three seasons and is already fifth on the all-time list. Hurts is just the third player with 300+ passing yards, 50+ rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns on Monday Night Football, joining Vick (2010) and Cam Newton (2012).
His only flaw that evening was a pass that went from Kenny Gainwell to Jordan Hicks for an interception.
Finishing with 395 offensive yards, Hurts showed why the Eagles continue to believe in him and that he is the solution in the long run. Nick Sirianni and Eagles management foresaw this, but the national public got little idea of how the Hurts could be a problem in this league for a long time.
This is just the beginning.
“Great performance on a big stage… I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. I have seen growth,” Sirianni said. “We talk about it so much with Jalen. Why is he going to keep hitting his ceiling? Because he is tough, he has a high football character and he loves football.
“He’s going to hit his ceiling. It’s nice to watch him grow.”