3 Eagles the Saints have to slow down in Week 11

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1. Jalen Hurts

If the Eagles win on Sunday, it’ll be because of one man: Jalen Hurts.

Sure, Miles Sanders poses a threat on the ground. DeVonta Smith poses a threat in the air. Hurts does both.

The dual-threat has divided Eagles fans into those who believe he’s the quarterback of the future and those who don’t.

The Eagles franchise even took their sweet time naming Hurts as the starter in 2021 when, at the time, their backup option was Joe Flacco.

But Hurts has grown into his own this season throwing for 2159 yards and 13 touchdowns with a pass completion rate of 62.2 percent. His arm strength shouldn’t be doubted, as he hurled a 91-yard bomb in Week 2 and recorded 300-plus passing yards in Week 3 and Week 4.

After a huge uptick in his popularity at the beginning of the season, the Jalen Hurts hype has started to fade and the league is starting to see exactly what kind of QB Hurts can become.

The second-year pro definitely has more upside than the Saints’ Trevor Siemian, and he also has much more to prove since he’s just getting started in his NFL career.

Week 11 not only has enormous implications for the NFC postseason race but for Hurts’ future with the Eagles as well.

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Whether he’s running or passing the ball, Hurts will be the center of attention in this matchup, and it could be his time to rise above the critics once and for all.