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Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith have Eagles soar over Commanders

Jalen Hurts (#1) throws a pass for Eagles versus Commanders
Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith have the Eagles soaring at 3-0 on the season.

Hurts set an NFL record for having an 80+ percent completing rating, 300+ passing yards, and two rushing touchdowns in a single game against Minnesota. He turned in back-to-back 300-yard performances with a strong showing in Sunday’s matchup versus the Washington Commanders. Hurts accounted for 340 yards passing and three touchdowns in a 24-8 victory for Philadelphia over Washington. He completed 62.9% of his passes (22-of-35) and totaled a passer rating of 123.5.

Hurts has the Eagles playing with a focus and identity it needs to be successful. Smith, a former Heisman Trophy winner, posted his first 100-yard game of the campaign. He caught eight passes for 169 receiving yards and a touchdown. Smith averaged 21.1 yards per catch, including a long reception of 45 yards. During his rookie season, he brought in 64 catches for 916 yards and five touchdowns. Smith tallied two 100+ yard games in 2021. Hurts and Smith connected at the University of Alabama. Hurts found the Louisiana native for a game-winning touchdown against Mississippi State in 2017 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

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The two are in their second year together for the Eagles.

Hurts and Smith have the combination to pace Philadelphia to deep playoff runs and potentially a Super Bowl.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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