Jalen Hurts throws three touchdowns, Eagles cruise to 32-6 win

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The Eagles’ decision to go with Jalen Hurts as their starting quarterback looked like a wise one in Atlanta on Sunday.

Hurts threw three touchdowns and ran for 62 yards in a 32-6 win over the Falcons.

The Eagles won one of the four games that Hurts started as a rookie, but they’ll win a lot more if he continues to play the way he did on Sunday. He capped the first drive of the game with a touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith and then threw another to Dallas Goedert with two seconds to play in the first half. His final score went to Jalen Reagor in the fourth quarter and put things even further out of reach for the NFC East club.

Smith had six catches for 71 yards in his NFL debut and Hurts completed multiple passes to seven different receivers over the course of the afternoon. Miles Sanders had 113 yards from scrimmage and rookie Kenneth Gainwell chipped in a rushing touchdown in his NFL debut.

The Falcons were hoping for a better start to the Arthur Smith era, but the team’s offense settled for field goals on two first half trips into the red zone and never found any more momentum over the rest of the afternoon. Matt Ryan was 21-of-35 for 164 yards while being sacked three times and first-round pick Kyle Pitts had a quiet four catches in his debut.

Things don’t get any easier for Atlanta next week as they’ll face the Buccaneers. The Eagles will try for 2-0 against the 49ers.

13 responses to “Jalen Hurts throws three touchdowns, Eagles cruise to 32-6 win

  1. Falcons do have a bad defense but the Eagles defense had questions too and held Ryan and what should’ve still been a high powered offense to 0 td. The Eagles D started off very sluggish letting Atlanta move the ball with ease but held them to just two FG and shut them out the rest of the game. Jalen Hurts also looked really good and Sirianni used him and a mix of the rush offense perfectly. Again bad defense they faced so as a fan it’s a week by week evaluation but Hurts looked very good in this new system so far and that has me very optimistic.

  2. Hurts looks like the real deal, hell he looked like the real deal last year. This is good because we will have 3 1st rounders in next years draft. Eat your heart out Jerry!!!

  3. I can’t tell if the Eagles are that dominant or if the Falcons are that terrible. Maybe a mix of both? Atlanta’s offense seemingly quit in the second half. The second half of the first game of the season, mind you. At home! Falcons fans must be crushed after such a miserable performance. I’d be gutted if the Eagles came out the gate with an utter lack of intensity under a new head coach.

  4. This was supposed to be TWO bad teams playing each other.

    The Eagles looked disciplined and well-coached. The Falcons, not so much.

  5. Like I’ve said in the past, why did the other two guys get hyped while he was said to be an RB or TE. He has the most physical gifts and the element of running while every player who played with all three at Bama said he was the best leader. It’s kind of a mystery.

  6. He did the majority of his damage by extending the play outside of the pocket. Atlanta had a tone of opportunities to keep him inside the pocket with blitzes and just normal def end containment and just had poor technique by attacking the inside shoulder on the blitz or losing outside leverage by the end. The rest of the damage was mostly short screen plays. He had a good game vs a bad team. Which is what you are supposed to do, but I think a better team will contain and cause him problems……plus Siriani is on tape now and will need to evolve, but he strikes me as average to. Good start but they will come back down to earth.

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