The Philadelphia Eagles are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, as they are 4-0 heading into their Week 5 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. A big reason that they are in the position they are is because of the play of their quarterback, Jalen Hurts.
Hurts has put himself squarely in the MVP conversation at the quarter mark of the season. He has taken his game to the next level, as he is no longer just a threat as a runner. Teams have to respect the Eagles’ passing game as Hurts has torn up opposing defenses through the air.
The Eagles have surrounded Hurts with a strong group of skill position players and he has taken full advantage. A.J. Brown has been everything they could have asked for in a No. 1 receiver with DeVonta Smith being an excellent No. 2. Dallas Goedert is a top-notch tight end and Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell are an excellent trio at running back.
Another part of why Hurts is finding so much success this season is that he didn’t experience any turnover on the coaching staff. For the first time in a long time, going back to having his dad as his coach in high school, Hurts didn’t have to learn a new system in the offseason.
That is something he had to do collegiately at Alabama and before transferring to Oklahoma. In the NFL, Doug Pederson was his head coach as a rookie but was fired after the season, leading to Nick Sirianni taking over.
Alas, no matter the challenges facing him, Hurts has always found a way to get the job done. While it hasn’t always been pretty, he has excelled in the one stat that matters most; winning. As pointed out by Eliot Shorr-Parks, an Eagles reporter for 94WIP.com, Hurts has an impressive record as a starter in college and the NFL at 51-13.
Hurts and the Eagles began the 2021 season 2-5 and things were certainly gloomy. No one was sure if he was the answer at quarterback and everyone questioned the hiring of Sirianni. However, since that point, they have been rolling.
Jalen Hurts has gone 11-2 in the regular season since then as the Eagles have looked like one of the best teams in the league. They will put that undefeated record on the line in Week 5 when they travel to take on the Arizona Cardinals before hosting the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.