Jalen Hurts Week 4 report card: Eagles find yet another way to win

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

In Week 1, the Detroit Lions entered the regular-season opener with a game plan. They decided they’d send the blitz to rattle Jalen Hurts. That didn’t work. In Week 2, the Minnesota Vikings decided they’d sit back and play coverage versus the Philadelphia Eagles offense. That didn’t work either. Jalen has been masterful, whether it’s been with his legs in Week 1 or with his arm versus the Washington Commanders in Week 3. This is a good football team.

In Week 4, they faced some adversity. Avonte Maddox and Boston Scott were ruled out. Darius Slay, Jordan Mailata, and Isaac Seumalo left the game with injuries. Philadelphia was outscored 14-0 in the first quarter before outscoring the Jacksonville Jaguars by a 29-7 margin during the final three.

The Birds ‘won ugly’, but it was beautiful to watch. This team has something with this Jalen Hurts fella. Let’s take a final look at his performance in Week 4.

Final grades for Jalen Hurts following Week 4’s win

We’ve never tried it, but we imagine that It’s hard to complete more than 60% of one’s passes and throw for more than 200 yards in an NFL game under any circumstance. It has to be doubly as challenging to do so in the rain and nasty weather conditions.

Jalen Hurts teaches us something about his game with each passing week, and it’s hard to ask for more than he provided versus the Jags. Let’s talk about some individual throws.

Worst throw

While Jalen Hurts’ pick-six may not have been his worst throw mechanically, based on result alone, this will be the toss that gets most analyzed during the coming week.

Throwing left to Zach Pascal, QB1’s pass was deflected by Darious Williams. It ricocheted into
Andre Cisco’s hands, and he did the rest, taking this one back 59 yards to put Jacksonville up on the scoreboard just four minutes into the contest.

Best throw

Following Jacksonville’s second drive of the game, an eight-play, 80-yard masterpiece, the Birds were down 14-0 and, quite frankly, reeling, but to their credit, the Birds settled down. Jalen Hurts’ first pass of the ensuing drive demonstrated everything that has made us respect him.

As the old saying goes, sometimes, you just need to ‘see the ball go in the basket’.

With a little over three and a half minutes remaining in the opening stanza, on first-and-ten from the Eagles’ 22-yard line, Hurts took a high snap, didn’t lose any concentration, rolled right, and threw across his body to A.J. Brown. Number 11 picked up 47 yards on that one.

This is one of those throws that won’t make SportsCenter’s top-ten plays. The Eagles didn’t even score on the drive (they turned the ball over on downs following an incomplete pass from Hurts to Brown three plays later), but this is one of those plays that get the ball rolling, and the Eagles would roll in the second quarter, scoring 20 points before halftime.

The Eagles move to 4-0 on the season and sit alone atop the NFC East. Here are your final numbers for QB1: 16 completions on 25 attempts (64%), 204 yards passing, zero passing touchdowns, one interception, 16 rushing attempts, 38 yards rushing, one rushing TD, and a quarterback rating of 72.8.

Here are your final grades as we put a bow on this one and move along to Week 5.

Week 4 final grades

  • Accuracy: A-
  • Vision: A
  • Intangibles: A+
  • Decision-making: A+
  • Leadership A+
  • Overall grade: A

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