Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts impressed in his debut as the team's starter against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 proceedings. Despite his good performance under center, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson remained mum when asked whether or not the rookie will continue to be their starter for Week 15's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Hurts has certainly earned another start, and there's little reason to think another change will be made:
From @GMFB: #Eagles QB Jalen Hurts earned another start at least… and all that it means. pic.twitter.com/1YTuXPsokO
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 14, 2020
Hurts performed admirably against a stingy Saints defense. The rookie threw for 167 yards on a 17-of-30 passing clip along with a passing touchdown. The Eagles rookie also showcased his dual-threat playmaking skills by coupling his passing output with 106 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Eagles running back Miles Sanders helped pick up the slack on the ground and generated 115 yards on 14 touches. He scored two rushing touchdowns as part of his big performance.
A 17-point scoring output in the second quarter boosted the Eagles in their efforts to drop the upset ax on the Saints, who entered the game with a nine-game winning streak. The Philly-based squad ultimately notched a narrow 24-21 victory to get Hurts' career as a starter going in the right direction.
This triumph moves the Eagles to a 4-8-1 record and a third-place spot in the NFC East. Given the tight competition in the lowly division, Philly could still enter the playoffs if it closes out the season on a strong note, though the first-place Washington Football Team is looking stellar at 6-7.
Jalen Hurts may have not yet fully locked up the starting quarterback position for now, but there is no doubt that he has successfully made a strong case for his impending promotion moving forward. The expectation here is that Hurts will start the rest of the season, barring injury.