Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Leads NFL In One Intriguing Number So Far

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The Philadelphia Eagles are one of six teams that have started the 2022 season 2-0. They defeated the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 1 before beating the Minnesota Vikings in their home opener on Monday Night Football this week.

Coming into the season everyone knew that the strength of the Eagles’ offense was their running game. They have been among the best rushing offenses in the NFL since Jalen Hurts took over as the starting quarterback, but they knew if they were to make any noise this offseason, the passing game would have to improve.

At times last season, the Eagles could be knocked off their game if teams forced them to move the ball through the air. To ensure that would be more difficult this season, the Eagles bolstered their passing attack by acquiring A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Brown made his presence felt right from the start, setting an Eagles record with 10 receptions for 155 yards in his debut. Hurts was keyed in on him, finishing the game with 243 yards and completing 56.3 percent of his passes.

In Week 2, the passing offense really opened up for Philadelphia. Hurts completed 83.9 percent of his passes for 333 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He spread the ball around more as four receivers finished with at least 69 receiving yards. Tight end Dallas Goedert led the way with 82.

That has led Hurts to the top of a list not many people would have predicted he would be leading. According to PFF, Hurts is the highest-graded passer in the league through the first two weeks of the season.

It is a bit surprising that he is atop that list as he has as many touchdowns as interceptions. But, he has completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 576 yards and leads the league in yards gained per pass attempt with 9.1. Hurts’ touchdown percentage is the only adjusted passing stat on Pro-Football-Reference that isn’t above average thus far as well.

The Eagles have gotten off to a hot start this season and will look to keep things going in Week 3 when they face off with the Washington Commanders. If Hurts continues passing the ball in this manner, they are going to be a very difficult team to slow down offensively.