Road to Victory Posted December 9, 2020 Share Posted December 9, 2020 https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-week-14-picks-will-rookie-qb-jalen-hurts-turn-around-the-eagles-150504382.html NFL Week 14 picks: Will rookie QB Jalen Hurts turn around the Eagles? Frank Schwab Wed, December 9, 2020, 10:05 AM EST·6 min read Many Philadelphia Eagles fans had been clamoring for a quarterback switch. They had seen enough of Carson Wentz’s struggles and wanted a change to rookie Jalen Hurts. They got their wish. Now we get to see if it makes any difference. Doug Pederson has benched Wentz for Hurts, the second-round rookie who starred at Alabama and Oklahoma in college. He had only appeared in a few plays here or there until last Sunday, when Wentz finally got benched and Hurts got most of the second half against the Green Bay Packers. Hurts wasn’t great but did make some plays. And, he wasn’t Wentz, who has been turning the ball over and taking sacks at a frustrating rate. Hurts did what you’d expect him to do. He made some plays with his legs, rushing for 29 yards on five attempts. He threw a nice fourth-down touchdown pass. He completed only 5-of-12 passes but had 109 yards. His lone interception came at the end when the game was lost. Hurts’ first career start is not an easy one. He gets the New Orleans Saints, who are 7-point favorites. The Saints have played much better on defense the past few weeks and have won nine in a row. They haven’t allowed more than 271 passing yards in a game this season. To think Hurts can fix all that has gone wrong for the Eagles is probably asking too much. He can perhaps give some new energy to the offense but he’s going to make mistakes too, and he’s still playing with the same supporting cast and coaching staff that wasn’t very good when Wentz was starting. The Saints are a very good team and I’ll pick them to cover the 7-point spread. Maybe Hurts plays well and keeps the job the rest of the season, but the Eagles haven’t done anything as a team to earn any trust, especially against a good Saints team. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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