The Philadelphia Eagles have looked like a very strong team in the first two weeks of the NFL season. They are one of six undefeated teams remaining in the league and will be facing a solid test on Sunday afternoon, heading on the road to face off with their NFC East rivals, the Washington Commanders.
Washington comes into the game 1-1 but playing some solid football themselves. Their offense has been producing with Carson Wentz under center, as he is leading the league with seven touchdown passes through two games. He is completing 65.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 650 yards, which is second in the league.
The Commanders are likely going to need that kind of performance again from Wentz as this could be a high-scoring affair. Both teams have found plenty of success on offense thus far this season and for the Eagles, it is Jalen Hurts that has been making them go.
Hurts has seemingly taken another step in the right direction when it comes to his development as a passer. He has completed 69.8 percent of his passes thus far, which would be by far a career-high should he keep it up. He has compiled 576 yards and leads the league in yards gained per pass attempt with 9.1; a drastic increase over what he was averaging in his career up until this point.
The only real knock against Hurts’ passing performance is that he isn’t throwing touchdowns. He has thrown only one in two games compared to one interception. However, he is scoring plenty of points as he is among the best running quarterbacks in the NFL.
Hurts has rumbled to 147 yards on 28 carries, scoring three touchdowns and securing nine first downs with his legs. His rushing ability remains his bread and butter, but if his passing prowess continues to improve, he will be among the best quarterbacks in the league.
Hurts has faced off against them three times, leading the Eagles to a 2-1 record. He has been solid through the air, completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 582 yards, but he has thrown only one touchdown compared to two interceptions. However, he has hurt them on the ground with his legs.
Washington has been unable to keep him out of the endzone, as he has scored four rushing touchdowns against them in his career. He has carried the ball a total of 23 times for 116 yards as well.
So, what can we expect from Hurts when he takes the field against the Commanders this weekend? Thus far in his career, he has found some decent success against Washington and it will continue this time around. Washington just surrendered 256 yards and four touchdowns to Jared Goff last week and will struggle to slow Hurts down as well.
Hurts will score three touchdowns in the game, throwing for two while rushing another one in. He will complete 64 percent of his passes in the process, throwing for at least 250 yards without an interception.
On the ground, he will gain at least 60 yards, giving him yet another 300+ total yardage game. The Commanders’ defense has not been great this season, as they have given up 314 yards on the ground thus far. An Eagles offense that is predicated on running the ball will take full advantage of that, led by Hurts.