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Roob’s 10 crazy Eagles stats from the Falcons win

Jalen Hurts is a human stat machine. Rushing yards, passing yards, touchdowns, you name it, he does it. 

In the first five starts of his career, he’s got 1,183 passing yards and 334 rushing yards.

Nobody else in NFL history has thrown for 1,000 yards and rushed for 300 yards in their first five starts.

There’s a lot more where that came from. Welcome to the Week 1 edition of Roob’s 10 Eagles Stats. 

Jalen’s mastery: Hurts’ 1,517 combined passing and rushing yards in his first five NFL starts are eighth-most in NFL history. Jimmy Garoppolo, who presumably starts against the Eagles on Sunday for the 49ers, is just ahead of Hurts on that list. 

1770 — Cam Newton (1610, 40)

1663 — Justin Herbert (1542, 121)

1543 — Kirk Cousins (1503, 40)

1591 — Andrew Luck (1488, 103)

1547 — Pat Mahomes (1484, 63)

1530 — Kyler Murray (1324, 206)

1521 — Jimmy Garoppolo (1504, 17)

1517 — Jalen Hurts (1183, 334)

1506 — Jeff Blake (1410, 96)

Hurts became only the third Eagles quarterback ever to complete 75 percent of his passes with three TDs and no interceptions in a road game. Randall Cunningham did it in Phoenix in 1992 (77.3 percent, 3-0) and Nick Foles did it in Oakland in 2013 (79 percent, 7-0). 

His 77 percent completion percentage Sunday is highest ever by an Eagles QB on opening day (minimum 10 attempts). The previous high was Donovan McNabb’s 72 percent against the Giants in 2004.

Hurts has now had three career games with at least 250 passing yards, 60 rushing yards and one TD pass. Only six QBs have had more such games in their entire career. Hurts has started five games. 


Is someone missing on this list?: Hurts’ 126.4 passer rating is the highest by an Eagles quarterback since Foles had a 141.4 rating against the Vikings in the 2017 NFC Championship Game. 

It’s highest by an Eagles QB on the road in eight years — since Foles had a 149.3 rating in the Eagles’ 27-13 win over the Packers at Lambeau in 2013.

Historic debuts: DeVonta Smith’s 71 yards are second-most in Eagles history by a player in his first NFL game. DeSean Jackson had 106 against the Rams in the 2008 opener. Smith’s six catches tied Jackson’s club record for most catches in an NFL debut. 

Smith and Kenny Gainwell both scored touchdowns in their first NFL game, the first time two Eagles have done that in the same game. Only two other Eagles have scored TDs in their first game in the last 20 years — Tony Hunt against the Lions in 2007 and Terrell Watson against the Cowboys in 2017 (the only game he played for the Eagles). Huge names in Eagles history.

Smith and Gainwell are only the sixth and seventh Eagles rookies ever to score on opening day and the first in 28 years. The others were Ben Hawkins in 1970, Michael Haddix in 1983, Junior Tautalatasi in 1986, Keith Jackson in 1988 and Vaughn Hebron in 1993.

Smith’s 18-yard TD was the longest by an Eagle in his first NFL game since Willingboro’s Marvin Hargrove caught a 34-yarder from Cunningham against the Cards at the Vet in 1990. 

A defensive first: This was the first time in 13 years and the first time on the road in 35 years that the Eagles did not allow a touchdown in a game where they didn’t force any turnovers. Last time it happened was in a 38-3 win over the Rams in the 2008 opener. Last time they did that on the road was in a 10-0 win over the Giants at Giants Stadium in 1976. It was only the sixth time they’ve ever done it.

It was also only the third time in the last 10 years the Eagles have pitched a second-half shutout on the road. They blanked the Cowboys in the second half of a 37-9 win at AT&T Stadium in 2017 and Washington in the second half of a 24-0 win at FedEx in 2018.

Miles of Miles: Miles Sanders…

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