Bold predictions for Eagles versus Giants in NFL Divisional Round

Jason Kelce, #62, Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Jason Kelce, #62, Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jalen Hurts will be the Philadelphia Eagles’ leading rusher in his second playoff game versus the Giants.

Eagles QB1 Jalen Hurts finished last year’s regular season as the team’s leading rusher. They earned a postseason berth and traveled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round. Unfortunately, Hurts was grounded. Dealing with an ankle injury, he was limited to only eight carries and 39 yards rushing. Philadelphia, as a result, was defeated by a final score of 31-15.

A little over a year later, the Eagles have jumped from being the NFC’s seventh seed to its first. Jalen’s MVP-caliber season is a big reason for that. In four career starts versus the New York Giants, he has run for 174. He also has a rushing touchdown on his resume.

The Giants have a formidable defensive line, one that was able to limit Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, to a lackluster 60 yards and zero touchdowns on 15 carries during last weekend’s Wild Card Round. If the traditionally-styled rushing attack fails to be effective, we could see Hurts rely on his legs to help secure an Eagles victory.

Hurts has rushed for 75 yards or more in two of his four starts versus the New York Giants. FanDuel places the OVER/UNDER on his rushing yards total at 50 yards. That may be worth taking a flier on if you’re looking to wager.