Jalen Hurts held a clipboard, wore a headset and paced the sideline with the similar the glance of consternation on his face as livid Philly fanatics within the stands as their rigidity tightened in every other Eagles loss with out the franchise quarterback.
Hurts and the Eagles did not like what they noticed — and now, totally wholesome or no longer, the banged-up, show-stopping QB may have to come back to the rescue with the whole lot he helped construct on the point of unraveling with one sport left within the season.
“If Jalen’s ready to head,” Eagles trainer Nick Sirianni stated, “he’ll pass.”
That is little bit of a reason why to exhale after the Eagles misplaced their 2d immediately with out Hurts, striking their hopes of securing the NFC’s best seed in jeopardy. Marshon Lattimore returned an interception 11 yards for a overdue landing, and the New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia 20-10 on Sunday.
The Eagles want to beat the New York Giants subsequent week to safe the highest seed. A loss through Philly and a win through Dallas would give the Cowboys the NFC East name. Hurts is improving from a sprained proper shoulder.
“His well being is the No. 1 precedence,” Sirianni stated.
The Giants can leisure their starters after clinching a playoff berth with a 38-10 win over Indianapolis. The Eagles cannot leisure simple on the considered a 3rd immediately get started through backup QB Gardner Minshew.
“We have now the whole lot we ever sought after in entrance folks,” Minshew stated.
And sure, that is true. However their possibilities of thrashing the Giants — or doing anything else within the playoffs — are cloudy with out Hurts.
“I am not any one that’s ever going to hit a panic button,” Sirianni stated.
However in Hurts’ case, how about breaking some glass in case of emergency?
The Saints (7-9) received their 3rd immediately sport as they continue to be in rivalry for a playoff spot right down to the overall weeks beneath first-year trainer Dennis Allen. Taysom Hill had a 1-yard TD run in New Orleans’ sudden first part.
“We discovered a approach to shut them out the closing 3 weeks,” Allen stated. “That is been excellent to look. That is the type of group I believe we will be able to be.”
Andy Dalton, who threw for 204 yards, finished his first 13 passes, together with a 58-yard reception through Rashid Shaheed. That play arrange considered one of two box targets through Wil Lutz within the first part that gave the Saints a 13-0 lead.
Minshew had a move intercepted through Lattimore, who had ignored 10 immediately video games with an stomach harm, overdue within the fourth. The backup QB completed 18 of 32 passing for 274 yards, one landing and one interception in his 2d immediately get started and confirmed no indicators he may just ably lead the Eagles on a postseason run will have to Hurts get harm once more.
Minshew attached with A.J. Brown for a 78-yard landing overdue within the 3rd that made it 13-10 and quickly aroused from sleep the group — which had voraciously booed the Eagles many of the sport — and a clumsy offense. However Minshew didn’t convert on a fourth-down dive overdue within the fourth that price his group up to his overdue select.
The Eagles had been close out within the first part for the primary time this season.
“We simply performed horrible. That’s that,” huge receiver DeVonta Smith stated.
The Eagles hadn’t allowed greater than 4 sacks in a sport this season however — taking part in with out injured proper take on Lane Johnson — allowed 5 within the first part. The Eagles did not convert a primary down till there have been 12 seconds left within the part.
Even the play-calling used to be questionable. As a substitute of seeking to assist their backup QB through leaning slightly extra on 1,000-yard rusher Miles Sanders, the Eagles gave him most effective two carries within the part.
Hurts reputedly solidified his MVP credentials with out taking a snap. He in all probability received’t win the award now, however the Eagles are considerably worse with out the QB who tied a franchise document with 35 overall touchdowns.
Eagles fanatics booed the group off the sphere and a group that anticipated to play two house video games within the postseason is simply seeking to get there with its self belief intact.
Jake Elliott kicked a 56-yard box objective for the Eagles.
“We by no means panicked or wired or pressed,” Minshew stated. “We simply couldn’t make it occur.”
And the probabilities they may be able to make it occur — that Tremendous Bowl run that used to be of their snatch simply 3 weeks in the past — could also be nonexistent with out Hurts.