3 Biggest Surprises of the Eagles’ 2023 Season So Far

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The Philadelphia Eagles have started the season 2-0, but not everything has gone according to plan. Injuries are partially to blame, but some players also aren’t performing up to their potential. Meanwhile, there’s been a few unexpected delights to begin the year as well.

With that in mind, here are the biggest early surprises of the Eagles’ 2023 season.

Biggest Early Surprises of Eagles’ 2023 Season

1. Jalen Hurts’ passing struggles

Let’s face it: Jalen Hurts hasn’t played as well as expected so far.

Yes, the dual threat’s killing it on the ground to begin the 2023 campaign, racking up 72 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on just 21 attempts. However, his execution as a passer has prompted some early concerns.

Hurts looked like a completely different player in the season opener. He struggled to connect with most of his weapons, registering a poor 170 passing yards with just 1 TD. No one expected the MVP contender to be out-played by Mac Jones (316 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT).

Week 2 appeared to be going in the same direction for Hurts after he turned 9-of-13 into just 47 yards over the first two quarters. Thankfully, he turned it up in the second half, posting a passer rating of 147.7 and finishing with 193 yards and 1 touchdown (though it could’ve been more if not for a few penalties by the Minnesota Vikings).

For as great as Hurts and the rest of the rushing game are, Philadelphia needs its passing attack to return to form if this squad is to truly contend. Hurts taking a major step forward as a thrower was vital to this team winning the NFC and being on the cusp of another Super Bowl victory.

There’s absolutely no reason for the QB to take a step back, even with a new offensive coordinator. Hopefully it’s just some early-season kinks that Nick Sirianni can help correct with an extra couple of days of to review film before Week 3.

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