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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones impressed with Eagles, Jalen Hurts this season: ‘They will be all we can handle’

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The Philadelphia Eagles look like the team to beat in the NFC East after the first two weeks of the season. — and Jerry Jones noticed.

The Dallas Cowboys owner didn’t shy away from seeing the Eagles as the Cowboys biggest threat to repeat as division champions. mention specifically Jalen hurts as the reason the Eagles are a force to be reckoned with.

“(He’s) a guy who’s always been able to run, very athletic, very strong — and that’s not surprising. But I’m not surprised or shocked that we’re playing a Philadelphia team with a quarterback threat,” Jones said: at Auducy’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this week. “I don’t dream of playing against these teams that ultimately don’t have a quarterback with whom they have a plan to move the ball. They certainly (have) done that with him.”

“They’re doing well there, and they’re going to be all we can handle.”

Hurts finished 26 of 31 for 333 yards with a passing touchdown (108.7 rating), while rushing 11 times for 57 yards and two scores in the Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night. He became the first player in NFL history to throw more than 300 yards, complete 80% of his passes, and rush for multiple touchdowns in a single game.

The Eagles quarterback has definitely evolved as a passer, as evidenced by his first two games. Hurts completed 69.8% of his passes for 576 yards with one touchdown and one interception (97.1 rating), while leading the NFL in total offense (pass yards + run yards – yards lost through sacks) and yards per attempt (9.1). Hurts also has 28 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns, tied with Nick Chubb for the lead in the competition. His 13 touchdown runs are the most for any quarterback since the beginning of last season.

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Philadelphia’s offense is first in yards per game (470.5), first downs (52) and hasty touchdowns (six). The Eagles are also fourth in points per game at 31.0 and second in third down conversion rate (56.7), thanks to Hurts’ play.

The Eagles were considered a dark horse in the NFC at the start of the year, but have emerged as a contender thanks to Hurts’ growth. Jones praised Hurts – and the Eagles brass – for his massive improvements since his rookie season.

“Hurts has really evolved and is better than when he came out than you might have thought,” Jones said. “I was especially impressed by his passing. I looked at every photo (Monday night). That’s what we have.”

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