Jalen Hurts silence critics in win over Falcons 32-6
Philadelphia- Jalen Hurts and crew lit up the Atlanta Falcons in a victory.
After going 0-3 in preseason play, the Eagles wanted to come out against the Atlanta Falcons and make a statement that they are a team to look out for in the NFC. On the Eagles' opening drive they went into a two-minute drill. Jalen Hurts went 4 out of 4 and finished off the drive with a 18-yard touchdown pass to the rookie DeVanta Smith to take the lead, 7-3 mid-way in the first.
Despite the confidence booster on the offensive end for Philadelphia early on, the secondary of the Eagles was getting toasted. Each time it seem like the Eagles could get Matt Ryan and crew off the field on a third and long, missed tackles and missed assignments kept Atlanta's drive going. The Eagles held the Falcons to another field goal at the start of the second, 7-6.
Philadelphia got a little gutsy on a fourth and four with 11 minutes left in the second, but did not convert the down after having god field position. Wasted chances were the theme for the Eagles in the quarter. Hurts put his team in position for a potential score late in the half, but two costly penalties halted the drive. Once again, the Eagles wasted good field position and walked away with nothing to show for it. Prior to the end of the half, Hurts managed a 13 play 62-yard drive that ended in a touchdown to Dallas Goedert. Philadelphia went for a two point conversion and walked in the half with a 15-6 lead.
The second half for the Eagles was a different storyline early on. Philadelphia struggled to get anything going through the air, as well as on the ground. Hurts was consistently pressured, so he found himself trying to extend plays with his legs. Kenneth Gainwell helped the Eagles extend their lead with a 8-yard touchdown to put them up 22-6 late into the third quarter.
Philadelphia's defense came up big in the fourth and put a lot of pressure on Ryan. They did not allow him to get into any type of rhythm and blitz each time that they could. The Eagles finished the game with another touchdown to put the hammer on the nail.
Hurts finished with 264 yards and 3 touchdowns.