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It hurts, so good! Eagles QB dominates in win over Vikings


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts totaled 301 total yards in the first half in the defining game of his young career, finishing with three total touchdowns as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Trying to prove he’s the franchise QB for the Eagles in his sophomore year, Hurts looked downright unstoppable on first practice.

Hurts hit five receivers on a 5-for-5 pass – highlighted by a 19-yard strike to AJ Brown – and finished the drive himself with a 3-yard run. In the first win over Detroit, Hurts failed to complete a pass on five attempts and the Eagles turned the ball over on tries in the game’s first practice.

Overturn the ball in the downs?

It looked like a simple rumor against the Vikings. The TD was just the take-off for the 24-year-old Hurts, who throws, runs, imposes his will with all his available tools against a Vikings defense that couldn’t resolve it in his 21st career start. He finished with 333 passing yards and a touchdown, and 57 yards and two rushing scores.

On the first play of the second quarter, Hurts connected on a wide open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Slay, who caught an ill-fated pass from Kirk Cousins ​​in the third quarter, had called each of the Eagles’ talented receiver trio Batman.

There was, Brown, the “swole” Batman who had five catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “fast” Batman who had the burners on for the easy score (and 69 total receiving yards).

Why are they all Batman?

“No Robins. We don’t have sidekicks,” Slay said.

Hurts had one more game for the highlights reel with just under two minutes left in the first half. Hurts rolled to his right and scampered towards the end zone. He dragged two defensemen with him, put his head down, and blasted his way in for a 26-yard touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Jake Elliott kicked 38 yards and the Eagles took a 24-7 halftime lead.

In a Week 2 full of unlikely comebacks, it might not have been wise to totally count the Vikings.

But Cousins ​​and wide receiver Justin Jefferson — famously passed by the Eagles in the 2020 draft — never did anything of substance against the Eagles and decried defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter as the scoreboard quickly displayed “Big Play Slay.”

Hurts had 50 rushing yards and 251 passing yards in the first half. Cousins ​​finished the game 27 for 46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards a week after having 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a win over Green Bay.

PHILLY CELEBS

Bryce Harper (wearing an Eagles hat), James Harden (whom Slay handed the ball to after his first interception) and Bradley Cooper (wearing an Allen Iverson t-shirt) were among the packed crowd singing fight songs at the The Eagles’ first home game.

Harden was pumped with his memory, posting an Instagram photo of his left hand holding the ball with the caption “Gimme That!” The Philadelphia 76ers star took selfies with fans before leaving late in the game.

FAMILY RING

Dick Vermeil received his Hall of Fame ring at halftime. In his third season in Philadelphia, the great coach led the Eagles to their first playoff appearance in 18 years. He guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1980 season only to lose to the Oakland Raiders, 27-10.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Vikings safety Harrison Smith was evaluated for a concussion.

NEXT

Vikings: Go home on Sunday to face the Lions.

Eagles: Begin a reunion tour on Sunday when they travel to face the Washington Commanders and former QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles return home on Sunday, October 2 and face the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by coach Doug Pederson. Wentz and Pederson, of course, were pivotal in helping the Eagles win the Super Bowl after the 2017 season.


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