Eagles QB dominant in 24-7 victory over Vikings

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

Hurts was trying to prove in his second year that he is the franchise QB for the Eagles, and from the opening run, Hurts looked downright unstoppable.

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Hurts hit five receivers on 5-for-5 passes — marked by a 19-yard strike to AJ Brown — and ended the drive himself with a 3-yard scoring run. In the opening win against Detroit, Hurts failed to complete a pass on five tries and the Eagles turned the ball on downs on the first drive of the game.

Flip the ball on downs? That just seemed like a rumor to the Vikings. The TD was just the launch for 24-year-old Hurts who threw, ran and imposed his will with all his available tools against a Vikings defense that failed to solve him in his 21st career start. He finished with 333 yards passing and a touchdown, and 57 yards and two scores on the ground.

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On the opening game of the second quarter, Hurts made a wide open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard TD and the 14-0 lead.

Slay, who made an unfortunate pass from Kirk Cousins ​​in the third quarter, had each of the Eagles’ talented receivers called Batman.

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There was, Brown, the “swollen” Batman who had five catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “quick” Batman who had the burners on for the easy scoring (and receiving a total of 69 yards).

Why are they all Batman?

‘No Robins. We don’t have any helpers,” Slay said.

Hurts had one more shot to play for the highlight role with just under two minutes left in the first half. Hurts rolled to the right and ran to the end zone. He dragged two defenders with him, lowered his head and made his way in for a 26-yard touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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

In a week 2 full of unlikely comebacks, it might not have been wise to completely calculate the Vikings.

But Cousins ​​and wide receiver Justin Jefferson – famously passed by the Eagles in the 2020 draft – never got anything substantial against the Eagles and maligned defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter when the scoreboard soon flashed “Big Play Slay”.

Hurts had 50 yards rushing and 251 yards passing 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 TDs in a win against Green Bay.

PHILLY CELEBS

Bryce Harper (wearing an Eagles hat), James Harden (who got the ball through Slay after his first interception) and Bradley Cooper (wearing an Allen Iverson T-shirt) were among the packed and chanting crowd at the Eagles home opener.

Pumped with his souvenir, Harden posted an Instagram photo of his left hand holding the ball with the caption “Gimme That!” The Philadelphia 76ers star snapped selfies with fans before leaving late in the game.

TRUSTED 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 led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1980 season, but lost 27-10 to the Oakland Raiders.

TRAINERS ROOM

Vikings safety Harrison Smith was assessed for a concussion.

NEXT ONE

Vikings: go home on Sunday to play against the Lions.

Eagles: Kick off a reunion tour on Sunday when they head out to play the Washington Commanders and former QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles return home on Sunday, October 2, to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by coach Doug Pederson. Wentz and Pederson, of course, played a vital role in helping the Eagles win the Super Bowl after the 2017 season.

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