Jalen Hurts versus Derek Carr: Can the Philadelphia Eagles QB win a duel in Vegas?

Derek Carr #4, Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles
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Can Jalen Hurts lead the Eagles to a win in Week 7?

This one won’t be an easy win for the Eagles, but it is winnable. The key here will be getting off to a strong start, something Nick Sirianni’s version of the Eagles (and Doug Pederson’s version) seems allergic to doing.

As he has been all season, Jalen Hurts will be asked to make plays with his legs. We’ve been told by both head coach Nick Sirianni and Philly’s offensive coordinator, Shane Steichen, that the plan is to get Miles Sanders more involved. We’ll believe it when we see it, but let’s hope they follow through on the promise.

If fed, Sanders is a big play waiting to happen. The Birds have another nice young gun in Kenneth Gainwell. There’s an old saying that goes like this. A quarterback’s best friend is a strong running game. If Philly runs the ball, they’ll have success. If Hurts is asked to drop back 40 times and try to be something that he isn’t, Philadelphia will lose by two touchdowns.

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The Eagles’ defense is good enough to keep their team in it, but they need help. They need help from their offense. They need their defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, to let them compete as opposed to the fear-based strategy he’s been running every time the Birds play a team that’s high-powered on offense.

Again, this game is winnable. We already know what it will take for the Eagles to come out on top. Carr should outperform Hurts statistically, but with Jalen Hurts’ intangibles, we may be able to expect a few surprises (and some big plays). We’ll have to wait and see what happens.