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Jalen Hurts topples Aaron Rodgers, moves Eagles to 10 wins

Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (#1) runs against the Green Bay Packers defense in Sunday's matchup.
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Jalen Hurts needs to be the leading candidate for Most Valuable Player in the National Football League.

He has improved his mechanics as a quarterback, and the Philadelphia Eagles are poised for a Super Bowl run. Hurts took down a Super Bowl champion and one of the best passers in the league on Sunday as he outplayed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. He totaled 153 passing yards, 157 rushing yards, and two passing touchdowns in the Eagles’ 40-33 victory at home.

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Green Bay had no answers for the third-year quarterback as Hurts totaled 310 yards and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. He found A.J. Brown and Quez Watkins on his scoring tosses while helping DeVonta Smith lead Philadelphia for receiving yards (50). 

Hurts has six games with 2+ touchdown passes, six matchups with a 100 or higher passer rating, and nine games with a completion percentage of 60 or better. He is tied for ninth in the NFL among quarterbacks for passing touchdowns (17) while having only three interceptions. Hurts is tenth in the league for completion percentage (67.3), tied for third for yards per pass attempt (8.1), fourth for quarterback rating (68.1), and third for passer rating (105.6). He has 25 total touchdowns (eight rushing scores) this season. Hurts is playing unbelievably well as a second-year starter, and the critics worldwide have been silenced.

He has the Eagles boasting the NFL’s fourth-best total offense, posting 4,206 yards (382.4 ypg).

Philadelphia has the fourth-best rushing offense in the league, collecting 1,788 yards (162.5 ypg). Hurts has paced the Eagles to the No. 3 scoring offense at 27.5 points/game. As a former Alabama signal-caller, he is having a Pro Bowl year.

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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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