Jalen Hurts Week 7 report card: Eagles QB1 stares down adversity without blinking

Great Eagles players aren't always great. They're just great when they have to be. See Jalen Hurts' march through adversity in Week 7 for evidence.
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He could have let an early lost fumble shake his confidence. After all, the last time we saw Jalen Hurts, he endured a rough time in Week 6 versus the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles dropped one versus a team that they were better than. Gosh, MetLife Stadium has sometimes been a mini-shop of horrors, hasn't it?

There was also the pick-six interception. Up seven points at the time, Philly gift-wrapped a Miami Dolphins defensive score. That one tied the game at 17 points.

What did Jalen do. He reminded us of why we have so much respect for him.

Hurts knuckled up. He could have let a second-half pick-six interception shake him. Nah... What did he do? He led the Philadelphia Eagles on two straight touchdown drives to seal the deal. All things considered, this was a nice effort by QB1 and one of Philly's most impressive wins in a while.

Jalen Hurts wasn't perfect during the Eagles' Week 7 game, but it isn't always how you start. It's how you finish.

"I must be living bad". That was Jalen Hurts' explanation of his pick-six interception in the second half of Philly's win over the Miami Dolphins. As was the case with the Eagles game in MetLife Stadium versus the Jets, pressure led to another shot on QB1 and the opposing defense was the beneficiary of an easy pick.

Sometimes, the ball bounces in ways that are unfavorable, ways that we can't explain. The first-half fumble can't happen though. Holding onto the ball continues to be an issue for Jalen Hurts.

Still, great players aren't always great. They're just great when they have to be. We submit the Eagles' last two scoring drives into evidence. Jalen stared adversity in th face and didn't blink.

Best and worst throws.

There were a few missed throws here and there. A couple of tosses to DeVonta Smith were too high. We remember an instance where Jalen delivered one too far behind A.J. Brown.

When QB1 is good, however, he is very good. Check out this adlib and effort from A.J. Brown. We still believe this first clip should have produced six style points if nothing else.

Jalen appears to be dealing with a bad wheel. Apparently he was wearing a brace as he's healing from something he sustained versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Maybe that explains the rough game in Week 6. Maybe that explains some of the misfires. Don't expect a ton of updates from Nick Sirianni, but here's what we can expect.

If Jalen can play, he will. We can't tell you how horrifying it was to watch Marcus Mariota warm up in the second half, but Hurts completed the task and 23 of 31 passes. 279 yards through the air, two TDs, and an interception were the results. His QBR and rating were 75.5 and 109.5 respectively.

Here are the final grades for Hurts' performance.

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

Philly earns another win. We're on to Week 8 and a date with the Washington Commanders!

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