Jalen Hurts report card vs Chargers: Balance creates another nice showing

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Week 9 offered Jalen Hurts’ best performance since Week 1.

Round 9 has come and gone. Round 10 is on the way. The evaluation of Jalen Hurts continues, and here’s some of what we’ve learned. He hasn’t quite progressed to the point where we’d like to see him throw the ball 40 times per game.

Now, that isn’t to say that he can’t be that guy. People just need to realize that, for any quarterback, experienced or young, balanced play-calling on offense can do wonders for any offense.

In the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first game of the season, a 32-6 beatdown of the Atlanta Falcons, Hurts completed 27 of 35 passes, racking up a 77-percent completion percentage in the process. He threw the ball a lot, but the running game was used effectively as well.

Since then, Hurts best two games, from an overall standpoint, came in the two games in which he threw the ball the fewest amount of times, Week 8 and Week 9. Sorry Fantasy football fans. We’re ignoring statistics here. They don’t say that a quarterback’s best friend is a strong running game for no reason.

Balance led to another strong performance by the Eagles’ offense, and despite the outcome, Philadelphia was in this game from start to finish. Hurts was a huge reason for that. Hopefully, the wins will come more consistently soon. In the meantime, here’s your weekly report card for QB1.