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Jalen Hurts guides Eagles to first 8-0 start in franchise history

Jalen Hurts (#1) celebrates 8-0 start for Philadelphia Eagles after 29-17 victory over Houston Texans
Maria Lysaker - USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts is taking the Philadelphia Eagles to new heights in his second year as a starting quarterback.

Philadelphia is 8-0 for the first time in franchise history after its 29-17 victory on Thursday against the Houston Texans.

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Hurts guided the Eagles to its fourth win on the road and had his third game with a 70 percent or higher completion rating. He totaled his fourth matchup with 2+ passing touchdowns and the fifth game with a quarterback rating of 100 or better. Hurts completed 21 of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He has 14 touchdown passes to two interceptions this season.

His decision-making has been exceptional. Critics doubted his ability to become a complete quarterback; however, Hurts is working through progressions, targeting the right players, and delivering passes with accuracy. He displays his athleticism, but the former Alabama signal-caller now keeps his eyes downfield. Hurts is running an offense under Nick Sirianni that is clicking on all cylinders. Philadelphia can run the ball, pass the ball, and torch defense with big plays at any point in games.

Hurts, a native of Houston, Texas, made his family proud with how he performed. 

He has the Eagles as a Super Bowl contender with the way he’s leading the team.

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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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