The wind has hit the Philadelphia Eagles sails at just the right time.
Coming off a Philadelphia Eagles win it is easy to overreact, but this win, against the New Orleans Saints, is not any win. The Eagles just won a December game, against a Super Bowl contender, with a backup quarterback. At 4-8-1, this team still has an opportunity to surge its way into the playoffs.
Jalen Hurts was asked to provide a spark. Instead, he seemed to light this team on fire. In what was the most complete game the Eagles played all season, the rookie quarterback ran for 100-yards, a feat that only Hurts and Lamar Jackson have accomplished in their first-ever starts. Hurts also tossed a touchdown to Alshon Jeffery, who previously has been ghosting Carson Wentz, and he managed to avoid being sacked.
The possibility of Jalen Hurts being the future of this Eagles franchise is one discussion, but for the final three weeks of the 2020 season, Hurts might just thrust this team back into the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
When all hope seems lost, the Philadelphia Eagles bring a sliver of hope back.
This Philadelphia Eagles team had zero business competing with the 10-2 Saints, but when this franchise has its back against the wall, cue a December run. This year, a run is not completely out of the realm of possibility. The Eagles have pulled off two straight seasons with a 4-1 showing in December. Now, with a 1-1 start to 2020’s final month, the hope for a third is still alive.
Hurts showed poise in his first career start, and the rookie figures to improve. His second-quarter touchdown pass to Jeffery is the epitome of who he is as a person and as a quarterback. Staring down a rusher in his face, Hurts refused to flinch and delivered a strike, on fourth down mind you, for his second touchdown delivery in two games. If this team manages to catapult themselves into the playoffs, it is going to be because of Hurts.
Does a second-consecutive division title for the Philadelphia Eagles matter any?
From the outside looking in, it is easy to believe this Philadelphia Eagles team needs to tank, this Eagles team needs an early draft pick, or this Eagles team cannot win a playoff game. Well, the product the Eagles put out on the field on Sunday against the Saints says this team can win.
The Eagles wrap up the regular season with a trip to Arizona, a fringe playoff team, a trip to Dallas, a plain bad team, and a date with the Washington Football Team, the current NFC East division leaders, at home in Week 17. If the Eagles team that showed up to play on Sunday, December 13 shows up for the final three weeks of the season, 7-8-1 is not out of the realm of possibility. Throw on the dog masks, call upon St. Jalen if you must. Never count out this Eagles team.