Jalen Hurts held a clipboard, wore a headset and paced the sideline with the identical the look of consternation on his face as livid Philly followers within the stands as their stress tightened in one other Eagles loss with out the franchise quarterback.
Hurts and the Eagles did not like what they noticed — and now, totally wholesome or not, the banged-up, show-stopping QB may need to come back to the rescue with every part he helped construct on the point of unraveling with one recreation left within the season.
“If Jalen’s in a position to go,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni stated, “he’ll go.”
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That is little bit of a motive to exhale after the Eagles misplaced their second straight with out Hurts, placing their hopes of securing the NFC’s prime seed in jeopardy. Marshon Lattimore returned an interception 11 yards for a late landing, and the New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia 20-10 on Sunday.
The Eagles must beat the New York Giants subsequent week to safe the highest seed. A loss by Philly and a win by Dallas would give the Cowboys the NFC East title. Hurts is recuperating from a sprained proper shoulder.
“His well being is the No. 1 precedence,” Sirianni stated.
The Giants can relaxation their starters after clinching a playoff berth with a 38-10 win over Indianapolis. The Eagles cannot relaxation straightforward on the considered a 3rd straight begin by backup QB Gardner Minshew.
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“We’ve every part we ever needed in entrance of us,” Minshew stated.
And sure, that is true. However their prospects of beating the Giants — or doing something within the playoffs — are cloudy with out Hurts.
“I am not anyone that’s ever going to hit a panic button,” Sirianni stated.
However in Hurts’ case, how about breaking some glass in case of emergency?
The Saints (7-9) received their third straight recreation as they continue to be in rivalry for a playoff spot all the way down to the ultimate weeks underneath first-year coach Dennis Allen. Taysom Hill had a 1-yard TD run in New Orleans’ shocking first half.
“We discovered a solution to shut them out the final three weeks,” Allen stated. “That is been good to see. That is the type of staff I believe we might be.”
Andy Dalton, who threw for 204 yards, accomplished his first 13 passes, together with a 58-yard reception by Rashid Shaheed. That play arrange one in every of two subject objectives by Wil Lutz within the first half that gave the Saints a 13-0 lead.
Minshew had a cross intercepted by Lattimore, who had missed 10 straight video games with an belly damage, late within the fourth. The backup QB completed 18 of 32 passing for 274 yards, one landing and one interception in his second straight begin and confirmed no indicators he may ably lead the Eagles on a postseason run ought to Hurts get harm once more.
Minshew linked with A.J. Brown for a 78-yard landing late within the third that made it 13-10 and quickly wakened the gang — which had voraciously booed the Eagles a lot of the recreation — and a clumsy offense. However Minshew didn’t convert on a fourth-down dive late within the fourth that price his staff as a lot as his late decide.
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The Eagles had been shut out within the first half for the primary time this season.
“We simply performed horrible. That’s that,” large receiver DeVonta Smith stated.
The Eagles hadn’t allowed greater than 4 sacks in a recreation this season however — enjoying with out injured proper sort out Lane Johnson — allowed 5 within the first half. The Eagles did not convert a primary down till there have been 12 seconds left within the half.
Even the play-calling was questionable. As a substitute of making an attempt to assist their backup QB by leaning a bit extra on 1,000-yard rusher Miles Sanders, the Eagles gave him solely two carries within the half.
Hurts seemingly solidified his MVP credentials with out taking a snap. He most probably received’t win the award now, however the Eagles are considerably worse with out the QB who tied a franchise report with 35 whole touchdowns.
Eagles followers booed the staff off the sphere and out of the blue a staff that anticipated to play two house video games within the postseason is simply making an attempt to get there with its confidence intact.
Jake Elliott kicked a 56-yard subject purpose for the Eagles.
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“We by no means panicked or pressured or pressed,” Minshew stated. “We simply couldn’t make it occur.”
And the probabilities they will make it occur — that Tremendous Bowl run that was of their grasp simply three weeks in the past — could also be nonexistent with out Hurts.