Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts has a career day on the ground against the New Orleans Saints. Throughout the game, it was clear the Eagles decided to stick to their run game and dominate one of the NFL’s top-ranked rushing defenses. Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns, and Eagles cornerback Darius Slay returned an interception for a touchdown to help extend the lead.
Darius Slay read Trevor Siemian like a book on this play! 📖
It's all Eagles early on against the Saints.
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“Jalen is a special player who forces defenses to play different,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said. “You look at their stats but you also want to do what you do well.”
Eagles running back Miles Sanders rushed for 94 yards, while Hurts chipped in with 69 yards and Jordan Howard rushed for 63 yards. The Eagles combined for 242 rushing yards on the ground against a team that allowed 72.9 yards rushing per game, according to ESPN.
The Eagles have surpassed 175 yards rushing in four straight games, including the three victories they encountered in that span where they’ve rushed for more than 200 yards.
“It’s a big impact,” Sanders said of having a dual-threat QB like Hurts. “It opens up big holes for all of us. Having Jalen makes it ten times easier but you have to give credit to the offensive line.”
Philadelphia Eagles Begin to Go on a Roll
The Eagles have won two in a row for the first time this season. They have handed the New Orleans Saints their third straight loss since losing their starting quarterback Jameis Winston to a season-ending ACL injury.
“Obviously, we didn’t do the things necessary to win in every phase,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Turnovers were significant. We struggled to defend their run game. And our return game was just average. All of us have to do a better job.”
The Eagles took advantage of a turnover to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Siemian’s pass was intercepted by Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards to give the Saints the ball at the 39. Later, Hurts connects with tight end Dallas Goedert on a big third down, which ultimately led to quarterback sneak on the one yard line. Hurts ran from the three yard line the following possession, reaching the ball over the pylon. On the year, Hurts has seven rushing touchdowns, not to mention, Hurts completed 13 of 24 for 147 yards and no turnovers.
“I just made a play,” Hurts said. “I’m frustrated from the drives we didn’t score.”
Eagles last win at home was 11 months ago against the Saints
It was also Jalen Hurts first NFL start and first NFL win
How is he different now facing Saints again
“Just trying to grow as a player, as a leader, as a man” pic.twitter.com/KXcv2w2Oi7
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