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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1). (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)
December 19th, 2023
Currently the second choice to win the 2023 NFL MVP award (+350), Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is the leader of the team with the best record in the NFL through 13 weeks following a 2022 campaign that ended with Philly as the Super Bowl runner-up.
Tied with running back Christian McCaffrey for the second-most rushing touchdowns (12) among all players in 2023, Hurts has been a versatile and invaluable asset to his team and has proven worthy of his five-year contract extension, which made him, at the time, the highest-paid player in NFL history when he signed it in April of 2023.
Below YouBet explores the highlights of Hurts' young career and look at his regular season and postseason records against every NFL team.
Week 12 of the 2023 season marked a significant milestone for Hurts, as he recorded his 10th rushing score of the season in a 37-34 victory over Buffalo. With that touchdown, he became the first QB in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three straight seasons.
After getting selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Hurts was originally named the third-string quarterback behind Nate Sudfeld but saw game action as a backup to Carson Wentz when primarily used for QB runs or as a decoy. He relieved Wentz after the starter was ineffective in a Week 13 matchup with the Green Bay Packers and threw his first NFL passing touchdown in a 30-16 loss.
Hurts was named the starter for the Week 14 game against the New Orleans Saints and went 17-of-30 for 167 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 106 yards, in a 24-21 win.
In Hurts' second matchup with Green Bay in 2022, he ran for 157 yards and passed for 153 and a pair of scores in a 40-33 victory, which earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. He also became the first player with more than 150 rushing yards, 150 passing yards, and multiple touchdowns in a single game.
In Week 9 of the 2022 season, Hurts made more history with Philadelphia's franchise as he became the first quarterback to lead the Eagles to an 8-0 record when the team defeated Houston 29-17.
Later in the season, he became the first Eagles quarterback to record at least 350 passing yards, three passing scores, and a rushing touchdown in a single game when Philly beat Tennessee in Week 13.
pic.twitter.com/3FgbRDJG7j— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) November 27, 2023
Against NFC East foe New York, Hurts is 4-2 in the regular season and earned his first playoff win against New York on Jan. 21, 2023, when the Eagles toppled the Giants 38-7 in the Divisional Round.
Prior to the win, Hurts finished the 2022 regular season with a 14-1 record as a starter, 3,701 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns, and six interceptions. Hurts was also named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career and was a finalist for the 2022 MVP award.
In his first appearance in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 29, 2023, Hurts spearheaded a 31-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl LVII, where the Eagles fell 38-35 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the Super Bowl, Hurts racked up 304 passing yards and a touchdown as well as 70 rushing yards and three rushing scores, the most rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. With a two-point conversion tacked on, he also tied the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl (20).
Hurts' only other playoff loss thus far in his career was in the Wild Card Round following the 2021 season, when the Eagles were sent packing with a 31-15 loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With a 20-16 win over Washington in Week 17 of the 2021 season, Hurts and the Eagles earned a playoff berth. He finished the 2021 season with 3,144 passing yards, 16 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, 784 rushing yards, and 10 rushing scores. He led all QBs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns that season.
In 2022, Hurts beat Washington 24-8 to lead Philly to a 3-0 start while completing 22 of 35 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. He was later named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, making him the first Eagles player since 2017 to collect the honor.
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