Jalen Hurts puts together excellent first half on Monday Night Football

By , Audacy Sports

Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts shined in the first half of the team's Monday Night Football tilt against the Minnesota Vikings.

After Kevin O'Connell and the the Vikings elected to defer to start the game, Hurts led the Eagles on an 11-play, 82-yard drive, that saw him connect with DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Kenneth Gainwell, A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal.

But a drive that featured five different players catch passes was capped off by Hurts running the ball in for a touchdown:

Hurts, somewhat dismissively, hit the Griddy to celebrate his touchdown run. While it's become the most popular celebration in the NFL over the last two seasons, Vikings' wide receiver Justin Jefferson made it famous during his rookie season in 2020.

The Eagles went three-and-out on their second drive, but they quickly returned the favor by inducing a punt from the Vikings.

Hurts completed five passes on the team's second touchdown drive, which culminated in a 53-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins:

The Eagles would complete another touchdown drive of 80+ yards late in the second quarter. Hurts again found the end zone on a 26-yard rush, the longest touchdown scamper of his career:

And for good measure, Hurts and the Eagles got into field-goal range again before the half ended, with Jake Elliott hitting a 38-yard field goal as the clock in the second quarter expired.

Hurts finished the first half having completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts for 251 yards and a touchdown pass. On the ground, Hurts ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns. It's safe to say it's the best half of the former second-round pick's young NFL career.

The Eagles have a 24-7 halftime lead, with the Vikings slated to receive the kickoff to start the third quarter.

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