Jalen Hurts By The Numbers: Eagles QB accomplishes feat no player in franchise history has accomplished

Jalen Hurts has been one of the most improved quarterbacks in football this season, a trajectory not many expected despite his incredible work ethic. Not only has Hurts shot into the top tier of quarterbacks in the league, he’s one of the best candidates to win Most Valuable Player honors.

The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 7-0 start thanks to the arm and legs of Hurts, who threw for 1,799 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 303 yards and six touchdowns. Hurts can lead the Eagles to their first 8-0 start in the franchise’s 90-year history while tying Peyton Manning (11 in 1999) and Dak Prescott (11 in 2016) for the third-longest hitting streak streak by a starting quarterback under the age of 25 since 1990 (Hurts won 10 straight regular season games).

Hurts was one of the best quarterbacks in football this season, which we look at in this week’s “By the Numbers.”

NFL Passing Leaders — QB Rating

  1. Tua Tagovailoa – 112.7
  2. Patrick Mahomes – 109.5
  3. Geno Smith – 107.2
  4. Josh Allen – 105.9
  5. Jalen Hurts — 105.1

NFL Passing Leaders – Yards Per Attempt

  1. Tua Tagovailoa – 9.0
  2. Jalen Hurts — 8.5
  3. Josh Allen – 8.3
  4. Patrick Mahomes – 8.2
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo — 8.1

NFL Leaders – Total Yards Per Game

  1. Josh Allen – 357.7
  2. Patrick Mahomes – 324.6
  3. Joe Burrow – 318.1
  4. Jalen Hurts – 300.3
  5. Justin Herbert – 293.8

NFL Leaders – Total Touchdowns

  1. Josh Allen – 21
  2. Patrick Mahomes – 20
  3. Joe Burrow – 18
  4. Lamar Jackson – 17
  5. Jalen Hurts – 16

Hurts is among the leaders in every major statistical category this season. The Eagles quarterback is seventh in the league in completion percentage (67), third in interception percentage (0.9), sixth in completion yards (12.7) and ninth in passing yards (257.0 ).

What’s even more impressive about Hurts is his ability to not turn the football over. Since 2000, only three NFL quarterbacks have led their teams to 7-0 records while totaling 16 or more touchdowns on two or fewer carries: Jalen Hurts (2022), Tom Brady (2015) and Peyton Manning (2006). The Eagles offense benefited from Hurts’ play in 2022, ranking third in points per game (28.0), third in yards per game (395.4) and fourth in conversion percentage (45 .5%) this season.

The midrange and deep passes are also a huge improvement in Hurts’ game. On passes of 10+ yards through the air, Hurts has completed 52.4 percent of his passes for 850 yards with five touchdowns to just one interception for a 117.7 passer rating (fourth in the NFL). Hurts is ninth in completion rate, 10th in passing yards and eighth in touchdown passes on throws that travel more than 10 yards.

On passes that traveled more than 25 yards, Hurts completed 61.5 percent of them for 329 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 145.0 rating. Hurts trails only Josh Allen in each of those stats, making him one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL.

Hurts is climbing his way into the history books because he’s not even 25 yet — already setting some Eagles franchise marks in the process.

Longest regular season winning streak — Eagles history

  1. Jalen Hurts — 10 (2021-2022)
  2. Carson Wentz — 9 (2017)
  3. Donovan McNabb – 9 (2003)
  4. Norm Van Brocklin – 9 (1960)

Longest Hit Streaks Since 1990 — QB Under 25

  1. Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) – 15 (2004-2005)
  2. Lamar Jackson (Ravens) — 13 (2019-2020)
  3. Peyton Manning (Colts) — 11 (1999)
  4. Dak Prescott (Cowboys) — 11 (2016)
  5. Jalen Hurts (Eagles)* — 10 (2021-2022)

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Hurts is the only player in NFL history to complete 67 percent of his passes, throw for 1,700 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 300 yards and six touchdowns in the team’s first seven games of the season. He could become just the third quarterback under the age of 25 to start and win each of his team’s first eight games of a season since 1950 — joining Dan Marino (1984) and Jared Goff (2018).

Hearts also has the league’s best winning percentage (.867) since Week 8 of the 2021 season, going 13-2 in its last 15 starts. During that 10-game winning streak, Hurts has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,212 yards with 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions for a 103.4 passer rating while rushing for 354 yards and six touchdowns. In Hurts’ last 15 games, he has completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,227 yards with 16 touchdowns to seven interceptions (95.2 rating) while rushing for 726 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Hurts has become one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, picking up wins in the process. Not only is Hurts the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, he’s about to get paid as one in the next few months.

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