Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles were able to pull off yet another big win in Week 8. Going up against the NFC East division rival Washington Commanders, the Eagles ended up defeating them by a final score of 38-31.
Heading into the contest, many thought the Eagles would run away with the game early and not look back. Obviously, simply judging by the final score, anyone can see that those predictions were not the case. It was an extremely entertaining game from start to finish, as is usually the case with rivals.
Looking at the box score, no one would guess that Hurts has been dealing with a nagging knee issue. He completed 29 of his 38 pass attempts for 319 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. However, his rushing numbers do show a different side to the story.
Hurts has been one of the most feared dual-threat quarterbacks in the league since he became the starter in Philadelphia. In Week 8 against Washington, he managed to pick up just six yards on four carries. That is extremely uncommon for a fully healthy version of Hurts.
After the win, an update was given on Hurts’ injury issues. It seems that he underwent a full hour of treatment for his knee after the big-time victory.
The Eagles Need A Healthy Jalen Hurts
Despite holding a 7-1 record through eight weeks, there are reasons to be concerned about the Eagles. They have won all but one game, but none of them have looked thoroughly dominant. With the kind of talent that Philadelphia has on the roster, things should be looking much better than they have.
Also, there are concerns about the strength of the opponents they have defeated. So far in the seven games that the Eagles have played, they have defeated the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Commanders twice, and the Miami Dolphins. Clearly, the Dolphins win was a big one, but Miami hasn’t beaten anyone truly viewed as a contender yet either.
Losing to the Jets was a massive red flag for the Eagles. There are things that need to be figured out still.
The future doesn’t look easy for the Eagles either. Next up, they will hit the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. Hurts will need to be the best version of himself in that game. Dallas has a legitimately dominant defense and Micah Parsons will be chasing him around all game.
If Jalen Hurts heads into that game limping, the Cowboys are going to take full advantage.
Only time will tell about Hurts’ injury status for the Dallas game. Hopefully, he can get some good rest this week and make some strides from a recovering perspective. The Eagles certainly need him to get back to full health.