Cowboys Jerry Jones impressed with Eagles, Jalen Hurts this season: ‘They’re going to be too much for us to handle’

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The Philadelphia Eagles look like the team to beat in the NFC East after the first two weeks of the season. — and Jerry Jones has noticed.

Dallas Cowboys ownership isn’t shy about seeing the Eagles as the Cowboys’ biggest threat to repeat division champions. Jalen Hurts points to the reason the Eagles are a force to be reckoned with.

“(He’s) a guy who can always run, very athletic, very strong — it’s not surprising. But it doesn’t surprise or shock me that we’re playing a Philadelphia team with a quarterback threat.” Jones said This week on Audicy’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas“I wouldn’t dream of playing on these teams without a quarterback who has a plan to move the ball. They’ve certainly done that (with him).

“They’re doing a good job out there and they’re going to be something we can handle.”

Hurts finished 26 of 31 for 333 yards (108.7 rating) in the Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Became the first player in NFL history to throw for 300-plus yards, complete 80% of his passes and rush for multiple touchdowns in a single game.

The Eagles quarterback has certainly developed as a passer, as evidenced by his first two games. Hurts has completed 69.8% of his passes for 576 yards with one touchdown and one interception (97.1 rating), while leading the NFL in total offense (pass yards + run yards – yards lost on sacks) and yards per attempt (9.1). Hurts has 28 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns, tied with Nick Chubb for the league lead. His 13 touchdown runs are the most by any quarterback since the start of last season.

Philadelphia’s offense is first in yards per game (470.5), first downs (52), and rushing touchdowns (six). The Eagles are fourth in scoring at 31.0 points per game and second in third-lowest turnover rate (56.7) thanks to Hurts play.

The Eagles were considered a dark horse in the NFC at the start of the year, but have emerged as a contender for the Hurts’ development. Jones praised Hurts — and the Eagles brass — for his vast improvements since his rookie season.

“Hurts has really evolved, he’s better than you thought he was coming out,” Jones said. “I was so moved by his passing. I looked at every photo (Monday night). That’s what we got.”

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