Jalen Hurts Impressive, Eagles Still Lose To Cardinals

Jalen Hurts Impressive, Eagles Still Lose To Cardinals

GLENDALE , Ariz.: Jalen Hurts rallied the Philadelphia Eagles only to fall a couple plays short.

He takes no comfort in coming close.

I hate to lose more than I love to win, Hurts said after Philadelphias 33-26 loss to Arizona on Sunday. Its not a great feeling but its a learning lesson.

Hurts threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 63 and a score in only his second career start. But Hurts also took a safety for intentional grounding in the end zone and was sacked six times, including consecutive plays after the Eagles had a first down at Arizonas 11 with three minutes remaining.

Hurts wasnt sacked last week in Philadelphias win over New Orleans. The Eagles used their 13th different starting combination in 14 games on an injury-depleted offensive line.

They had a chance to watch Jalen from last week, changed their pass rush lanes, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. We just got beat.

The loss means the Eagles (4-9-1) need help to win the woeful NFC East. They must win their final two games, Washington (6-8) has to lose to Carolina next week and the Giants need to lose two of their final three games.

We left money on the table, Hurts said. Missed opportunities and self-inflicted wounds. I could care less to hear the young stuff, the second start stuff, the rookie stuff. We have a standard we want to play to. I personally have a standard I want to play to and we gotta find a way to get it done. Its definitely a learning experience.

Despite the loss, Hurts showed plenty of promise. He has invigorated the offense since replacing Carson Wentz. Down 16-0, Hurts didnt flinch. He tossed all of his TD passes in the second quarter and ran it in late in the third to even the score at 26. The Eagles missed the extra point after backup holder Zach Ertz couldnt handle a low snap.

We never lost belief in one another, Hurts said. It all comes down to execution and thats something we didnt do enough of to win this game.

Pederson didnt commit to starting Hurts again next week at Dallas (5-9). He said hell make a decision as early as Monday.

He had great poise, great leadership, played physically tough, mentally tough, made great throws, played really well, Pederson said.

Philadelphias defense forced three turnovers but couldnt stop Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins without three injured starters in the secondary.

Murray threw for a career-high 406 yards and Hopkins had nine catches for 169 yards and one TD.

We had an opportunity and didnt capitalize on it, defensive end Brandon Graham said.

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