Jalen Hurts Week 8 report card: There is seemingly nothing to criticize

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

If you’re like most, discussions about the 7-0 Philadelphia Eagles typically lead back to three conversations regardless of what the original topic was: Jalen Hurts has grown by leaps and bounds and can still get better. This team can be good for a long time. If Philly continues to improve, they can turn in a deep playoff run.

Here’s where we all agree. Much of the long-term success of this team rests on QB1’s shoulders. You feel better about your chances when your franchise signal-caller can squat 600 pounds.

Jalen is more than a physical marvel though. He’s also mentally strong. Following the bye, everything was working versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hurts turned in the highest passer rating of his young career (140.6) while throwing four touchdown passes. That doubles as a career-high.

If he continues to excel at this level, we might begin to question whether we need weekly report cards and grades. Seriously, what is there to complain about?

Jalen Hurts’ best and worst throws from Week 8’s Eagles win and final grades.

Jalen Hurts completed just under 68 percent of passing attempts, connecting on 19 of his 28 throws. 285 yards through the air and the aforementioned four touchdown passes were the results.

He became the first Eagles quarterback to throw four touchdown passes of 25 yards or more in 53 years. That’s quite an accomplishment. He gets the stamp of approval from us. Let’s take a look at a few of his tosses.

Best throws

Call it his best throw or his most impressive. Whatever you call it, with 9:30 remaining in quarter number one, Hurts went deep, dropping one in between Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick into the waiting hands of A.J. Brown. Philly’s first six points of the game were on the board.

Worst throws

LOL… Was there one? If we wanted to nitpick, we could state that Jalen Hurts looked a little off early and pulled the string on a pass or two, leading to some underthrows.

He also tossed one with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter in the direction of A.J. Brown that probably had a chance at being picked by Fitzpatrick.

Perhaps there were nerves. Maybe it was because of the week off, but QB1 settled down nicely, relaxed, and had a fantastic outing.

This was easily his best showing. It seems like we say that weekly, but he was truly fantastic in Week 8. If he keeps this up, he will receive some MVP votes at season’s end.

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

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