The Philadelphia Eagles clawed their way to a 17-16 win in Indianapolis on Sunday to avoid losing two straight games after an 8-0 start. Instead, they improved to 9-1 on the season and remain the only team with fewer than two losses.
Jalen Hurts threw for 190 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a game-high 86 yards and a score. The quarterback was able to get it done when it mattered.
James Seltzer and Eliot Shorr-Parks of the Audacy Original Podcast “Go Birds” talked about Hurts’ play despite some questionable coaching decisions by head coach Nick Sirianni and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
“He was the best player on the field when they had to have him be the best player on the field,” Seltzer said (7:09 in player above). “And that doesn’t matter nothing if you know what I mean.”
Hurts has been in the MVP conversation for weeks now and added another notch in his belt with the game-winning drive on Sunday.
“I also put a lot of it on Steichen and Sirianni. I thought they were awful (on Sunday). Third and two, Kenny Gainwell, that’s your play? And then you do it with Boston Scott later? It was consistently the wrong play calls in the wrong spots,” Seltzer said.
“Jalen wasn’t perfect today, it wasn’t his best game ever or whatever, but they were down double-digit points going into the fourth quarter and he gave them two big drives where he was easily the reason they moved the ball down the field on those drives. That matters to me, you know what I mean, more than the bad performance early in the grand scheme of things.”
The Eagles only scored 17 points, which isn’t great considering their record and opponent, but Hurts did what he could.
“I didn’t think he was bad today,” Shorr-Parks said. “Like there weren’t missed throws. There weren’t bad decisions. He didn’t put the ball in harm’s way. I guess all I mean is 17 points from the offense is not good enough, and he’s the quarterback, he touches the ball on every play…
“I don’t think there are many quarterbacks that they win if it’s not Jalen Hurts, right, just some of the plays he made with his legs,” Shorr-Parks continued. “And this is why I do think quarterback win-loss is such an important stat. The dude just doesn’t lose games. 9-1 on the year now,” Shorr-Parks said.
Sirianni also didn’t do Hurts any favors.
“To get the win despite what his coach and head coach did to him as an offensive play caller was also incredibly impressive,” Shorr-Parks said. “Sirianni and Steichen were the two worst Eagles (on Sunday). It wasn’t Hurts. It wasn’t Gannon. It was Sirriani and Steichen.”
A win is a win for the Eagles as they moved to 9-1 on the season. Next up is a date with the Packers on Sunday Night Football this week.