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Jalen Hurts keeps Eagles perfect with victory over Arizona Cardinals

Jalen Hurts (#1) has the ball attempting to pass for Eagles versus Jaguars in 2022
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Coach Nick Saban taught Jalen Hurts well during his three years at the University of Alabama.

Hurts did not fall for the rat poison from reporters leading into the matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, and he kept the Philadelphia Eagles undefeated in Sunday’s game. He totaled 239 passing yards, 61 rushing yards, and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 20-17 victory on the road. Hurts assisted Dallas Goedert (95) and DeVonta Smith (87) to nearly 100-yard games.

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He took the Eagles on a 70-yard drive in 17 plays during the fourth quarter. Hurts put Cameron Dicker in position to make a 23-yard field with 1:45 left in regulation. Philadelphia is 5-0 and in command of the NFC East because of Hurts at quarterback.

Hurts also set a record against Arizona. His two rushing scores gave him 19 for his career, moving him past Cam Newton for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first 25 career starts. Hurts has 24 starts under his belt as a professional signal-caller.

He is sixth in the National Football League for passing yards (1,120), eighth for completion percentage (66.7), first for yards per pass attempt (9.1), sixth for passing yards/game (280), seventh for quarterback rating (70.8) and ninth for passer rating (99.6).

Hurts has the Eagles playing its best football. The team is trending toward a group that can make a deep playoff run.

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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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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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