3 positive takeaways from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 16 win

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Jalen Hurts put it all together in the end.

It’s basically impossible to have a hot take on Jalen Hurts because they rarely age particularly well.

One will tweet how poorly he’s playing only to watch him go off a few minutes later, and conversely, others will tweet how he’s a franchise guy only to watch him turn in a performance like Week 12.

Fortunately for fans in Philly, the former held true in Week 16, and the Eagles breezed out to an easy win as a result.

After a slow showing in the first half fueled by a bad fumble, a Miles Sanders injury, and a ton of drops, Hurts and company came out of the half on a mission and went on to outscore the Giants 31-7 over the game’s final two frames. Hurts looked poised under pressure, threw the ball well from both in the pocket and outside of it, and, most impressive of all, only picked up seven yards on the ground on two rushing attempts due to the lingering effects of a Week 12 ankle injury.

All in all, Hurts finished out the game with 199 yards and two touchdowns while completing 58.6 percent of his passes. While you’d generally like to see a completion percentage in the mid-60s, the Eagles certainly aren’t complaining about what they got from QB1 this week, even if they’d really like to see their offense turn in four dominant quarters in a row.

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Is Jalen Hurts suddenly turning into a pocket passer? No. I would imagine he’ll end up ripping off a few impressive runs before the season is over, maybe even as soon as Week 17, but it is encouraging to see him play a more subdued style of play and still secure an easy win. For a team like the Philadelphia Eagles looking to win out and do some damage in the playoffs, that experience could prove valuable depending on their Wildcard opponent, football gods willing.