By Jack Ryan
No player had topped 100 yards rushing in a game against New Orleans since Nov. 19, 2017 — that’s 56 games — but thanks to a new-look Eagles offense led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, two players surpassed that mark.
Hurts showed enough skill as a passer to keep the Saints’ defense honest — his 15-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery in the first quarter was a thing of beauty — and that allowed Miles Sanders to rush for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Hurts carried 18 times for 106 yards, joining Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson as the only quarterbacks to rush for 100 or more yards in their first N.F.L. start.
In five seasons under Doug Pederson, the Eagles are 11-3 in games not started by Carson Wentz (including the playoffs) and 35-33-1 with Wentz starting.