What can we expect when Jalen Hurts locks horns with the great Aaron Rodgers?
Let’s be honest. Jalen Hurts doesn’t quite stack up to Aaron Rodgers, not even on his best day, but there’s a possibility that Jalen can be Philly’s MVP at season’s end, even if he’s ignored by the national media.
Hurts may be the better scrambler. Can he mirror Rodgers’ MVP-level impact by leading a power-packed Eagles offense? Philly seems to think so. They’ve done all that they can do to surround him with weapons.
By making all-in additions like AJ Brown, the argument can be made that Hurts has a better supporting cast than Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers lost Davante Adams in the offseason.
A-Rod continues to earn remarkable PFF grades, sky-high scores of 89.6, 94.5, and 81.4 in the past three seasons. 94.5, and 89.6 the last three years. He’s thrown for more than 4,000 yards in each of the past four seasons. Again, that’s a plateau that Jalen Hurts has yet to reach.
Aaron Rodgers has been among the NFL’s top starting QBs for 14 seasons now, throwing 40 TDs or more in three seasons. That includes a league-leading 48 TDs in 2020, 40 TDs in 2016 (that also led the league), and 45 TDs in 2011. No one is expecting Hurts to throw 40 touchdown passes, but if he can land somewhere around the 30-TD range, everyone’s going to be happy.
Here are a few more of A-Rod’s stats for the road. In 2021, his QBR was a league-leading 69.1. His passer rating was a league-leading 111.9. We’re talking about a four-time NFL MVP here folks, so all of that makes sense. The Eagles’ game versus the Green Bay Packers figures to be Jalen Hurts’ toughest quarterback duel of the season.