Monday Night Football: Live Eagles Postgame Show Home Opener Eagles vs. Vikings at the Linc

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Jalen Hurts had 301 total yards in the first half of his young career’s breakout game and finished with three total touchdowns as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Trying to prove he’s the franchise QB for the Eagles in his sophomore year, Hurts looked downright unstoppable from the inaugural drive.

Hurts hit five receivers on a 5-for-5 passing – highlighted by a 19-yard smash against AJ Brown – and ended the drive himself with a 3-yard scoring run. In the opening win over Detroit, Hurts missed five attempts and the Eagles turned the ball over to downs on the first drive of the game.

Flip the ball on downs?

That just seemed to be a rumor against the Vikings. The TD was just the start for 24-year-old Hurts, who threw, ran and enforced his will with every means at his disposal against a Viking defense that failed to solve him in his 21st career start. He finished with 333 yards passing and a touchdown, and 57 yards and two points on the floor.

In the first game of the second quarter, Hurts connected a wide-open Quez Watkins for a 53-yard TD and the 14-0 lead.

Slay, who intercepted an unlucky pass from Kirk Cousins ​​in the third quarter, had called each of the Eagles’ three talented receivers Batman.

There was Brown, the “swollen” Batman, who had five catches for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “quick” Batman who had turned on the burners for the easy score (and 69 total yards).

Why are they all Batman?

“No Robins. We don’t have any buddies,” Slay said.

In the first half, Hurts had a game for the highlight reel with just under two minutes to go. Hurts rolled right and sprinted toward the end zone. He dragged two defenders with him, put his head down and smashed a 26-yard touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Jake Elliott kicked a 38-yarder and the Eagles went 24-7 at halftime.

In a week 2 full of unlikely comebacks, it might not have been wise to rule out the Vikings entirely.

But cousins ​​and wide receiver Justin Jefferson — famously passed over by the Eagles in the 2020 draft — never got anything significant going against the Eagles and maligned defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Slay had his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter when the scoreboard soon flashed “Big Play Slay.”

Hurts had 50 yards rushing and 251 yards passing in the first half. Cousins ​​finished the game 27 for 46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards a week after having 184 receiving yards and two TDs in a win against Green Bay.

PHILLY CELEBS

Bryce Harper (wearing an Eagles hat), James Harden (handed the ball by Slay after his first interception) and Bradley Cooper (wearing an Allen Iverson t-shirt) were among the packed, fight-song-singing crowd at the Eagles’ home game .

Harden was pumped full of his souvenir and posted an Instagram photo of his left hand holding the ball with the caption, “Gimme that!” The Philadelphia 76ers star took selfies with fans before leaving late in the game.

KNOWN RING

Dick Vermeil received his Hall of Fame ring at halftime. In his third season in Philadelphia, the great coach led the Eagles to their first playoff appearance in 18 years. He led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1980 season, only to lose to the Oakland Raiders 27-10.

TRAINING ROOM

Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been checked for a concussion.

NEXT

Vikings: Return home on Sunday to play the Lions.

Eagles: Begin a reunion tour on Sunday when they face off against the Washington Commanders and former QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles return home on Sunday, October 2, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars led by coach Doug Pederson. Wentz and Pederson, of course, played crucial roles in helping the Eagles win the Super Bowl following the 2017 season.

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