The Dallas Cowboys will host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night, and Jalen Hurts is expected to start at quarterback for the Crimson Tide.
Jalen Hurts is going to receive his first taste of what the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys rivalry is all about.
But wait, you say, Alabama and Oklahoma products began last season versus the Cowboys! True, but this game will be played on Monday Night Football, with both teams aiming for a 2-1 record and first place in the NFC East. Long, Howie, a Fox Sports commentator, sees Hurts’ primetime clash as a great chance for him to establish himself on a national platform.
Jalen Hurts may ‘win the organization over,’ according to Howie Long, if the Cowboys are defeated in Week 3.
Howie Long of Fox thinks Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles can send a powerful statement in Week 3 | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
There may be a group of Philadelphia Eagles supporters who want to watch Jalen Hurts and Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys’ top quarterback, compete every year. Some Eagles supporters, as well as those who work for the team, may not be convinced just yet.
Despite the fact that the Super Bowl 52 winners were connected to a potential Deshaun Watson trade over the summer, neither the Eagles nor the Houston Texans are said to have made much progress. Instead, the Eagles have pinned their hopes on Hurts, a 2020 second-round selection who took over as the starting quarterback from Carson Wentz in December.
Hurts, who turned 23 in August, has only pitched in six games and has a 2-4 record. Pro Football Hall of Fame pass-rusher Howie Long suggested the second-year quarterback may send a strong statement about his future with the club if he wins on Monday night while previewing the Week 3 slate on the Sept. 26 edition of Fox NFL Sunday.
“A lot of speculations circulated about what they were going to do with the quarterback position. Jalen Hurts coming to Dallas to face Dak Prescott and having a huge victory would definitely win the organization over.”
The Eagles were rated as +3.5 underdogs by Odds Shark at the time of publishing. Since Nov. 19, 2017, the Eagles haven’t won at Dallas.
Long seems to be more upbeat about Hurts today than he was in 2020.
“It’s a cautionary story in a way. Wentz is a Top 10 talent in my opinion… What sort of message does drafting Jalen Hurts that high convey to your quarterback?”
Howie Long on Carson Wentz being benched by the Eagles: pic.twitter.com/0Ty1BPCDgM
December 8, 2020 — Herd with Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd)
Although it’s cliché to say that the NFL stands for “Not For Long,” we’ll say it anyway since it pertains to Long, who spoke about the Eagles’ quarterback position last December.
Long called the Eagles’ choice to bench Hurts in favor of Wentz a “cautionary tale” during an interview on The Colin Cowherd Show on Dec. 8, 2020. The eight-time Pro Bowler also believes the club sent the wrong message by selecting the Oklahoma product so early in the draft.
Then Long posed a hypothetical question about how the Eagles and Wentz, whom he regarded as a “top-10 talent,” might mend fences. When the club traded him to the Indianapolis Colts over the offseason, that became moot.
The majority of the conversation revolved on Wentz and his future with the Eagles. Despite the fact that the experienced analyst did not assess Hurts’ abilities during the discussion, he gave the sense that he believed the failing club made a mistake by changing quarterbacks.
Hurts is in a great position to establish himself as the Eagles’ long-term quarterback.
Watson may very well be leading the Eagles’ offense out onto the field a year from now. But for the time being, Hurts owns this squad, and he has no intention of handing up the keys.
In the Eagles’ first two games, the second-year quarterback completed 67.2 percent of his throws for 454 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. On 8.5 yards per run, he ran for 144 yards and a score. He’s still the same physically threatening quarterback who led Alabama and Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff in his first two seasons as a starter.
In this case, we tend to agree with Long. Hurts will go a long way toward attracting more supporters if he plays his heart out and leads the Eagles to a primetime rivalry triumph. The Wentz era is gone, and it’s up to his successor to make sure he doesn’t end up on the bench in 2022.
The Eagles would gain momentum with a win and a 2-1 start heading into a four-game run against the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Las Vegas Raiders. What is the combined record of the two teams, you may wonder? It’s just 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so it’s not like it’s a huge issue.
This five-game span will determine if the Eagles are still a postseason contender when they take the field against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 31. If Hurts needed any more motivation heading into Monday’s game, it’s right in front of him.
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