Jalen Hurts’ must-see quarterback duels on the Eagles 2022 NFL schedule

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott #4,  Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

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Dak Prescott has steadily improved as a passer. That’s what the Eagles need to see from Jalen Hurts.

Sure, he plays for the enemy, but you have to give credit when it’s due. Dak Prescott exploded on the scene in 2016 and has shown improvement as a passer as the years have gone on. He’s without question the NFC East’s best quarterback. If Jalen Hurts wants that title, this is the man he has to take the mantle from.

If Hurts can get his efficiency as a passer to Prescott’s level and eventually surpass him, he can rule the East for years. He has the supporting cast to make that happen, but taking the crown won’t be easy.

Dak has graded extremely well by PFF’s standards with scores of 80.1, 85.2, and 83.8 during the past three seasons, but in all honesty, none of the grades seem to demonstrate how good he’s been.

Dak sandwiched his injury-shortened season in 2020 with monstrous years in 2019 (4,902 yards passing and 30 TDs) and 2021 (4,449 yards passing and 37 TDs). He hasn’t run as much as Jalen because he hasn’t had to. He’s comfortable in the Cowboys’ offense. Then again, there may be some hesitancy following the season-ending ankle injury in 2020.

In 2021, he boasted a passer rating of 104.2 and a 54.6 QBR. The road to a divisional crown will take the Eagles through Dallas if they’re to arrive at their destination. Hopefully, Jalen Hurts will be ready. He has yet to beat the Cowboys as Philly’s starter.