The Inky’s Marcus Hayes is often wrong, but he nailed this one:
Because everything changed with Jalen Alexander Hurts.
The defense played well, Miles Sanders ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and the offensive line improves, but Hurts, in his first professional start, was the biggest component in ending the Saints’ nine-game winning streak and the Eagles’ four-game skid, 24-21.
When I asked him if he wished he’d benched Wentz earlier, coach Doug Pederson refused to directly answer.
“Jalen was a part of it,” Pederson said. It was one of his half-dozen, half-hearted evaluations of Hurts’ transcendent performance. “I thought there were some good things. … This win today is not about one guy.”
Wrong. It was. As in previous games, there were tons of injuries, tons of penalties and mistakes, tons of bad play calls, and worse coaching decisions.