The Philadelphia Eagles have looked great on both sides of the ball through the first five weeks of the season. They are in the top seven in points scored and yardage both offensively and defensively as they are getting the job done in every facet of the game.
Their passing offense has taken a step forward with Jalen Hurts leading the way. There were a lot of questions about whether or not he could successfully lead an offense with more than his legs and this season, he is showing that is possible.
Hurts is completing nearly 68 percent of his passes for 1,359 yards and four touchdowns through the air. A big reason for that success is the acquisition of A.J. Brown.
The Eagles acquired Brown from the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Philadelphia traded one of their first-round picks and a third-round pick for Brown, who signed a four-year, $100 million contract.
The Ole Miss product was brought in to elevate the passing offense, providing Hurts with a No. 1 receiver to pair with DeVonta Smith and he has not disappointed. He is providing the team with chunk yard gains almost every time he touches the ball.
Through five games, Brown has 23 receptions that have gone for 10+ yards. According to PFF, that is the most in the NFL thus far this season. Just behind him with 22 is Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings. In third place is Marquise Brown of the Arizona Cardinals with 21 and after that, three players are tied with 20; Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams, Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins and Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills.
That means 82.1 percent of Brown’s receptions this season have gone for 10+ yards, as he has 28 on the season for 436 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles’ passing attack is a potent one as Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert both have at least 335 receiving yards through three games as well.
Philadelphia has to be thrilled about the impact that Brown is making on the team as he is providing everything they could have asked for. Brown and the Eagles will face a stiff test in Week 6 as they face off with their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants.