A.J. Brown thinks highly of his quarterback, Jalen Hurts.

And the two have made their dynamic pairing work, to the tune of an undefeated record at this point in the season. But against the Houston Texans, Brown is praying Hurts will have a game to remember. Houston is the place Hurts’ love for football began, and Brown knows how special it is to play in front of the people you grow up with.

So, it’s natural that Brown is rooting for Hurts to have a good game. But to Hurts, having a good game also guarantees the Philadelphia Eagles will be competitive on Thursday night.

“It means a lot more, where you’re from, you’re playing in front of your fans and friends and family most importantly, and it’s the type of feeling where they’re just proud of you,” Brown said. “That’s where you started. I’m sure he dreamed of playing in NRG [Stadium]. This is his first opportunity, I’m sure he’s going to ball out.”

That’s a very unique, but expected goal. Hurts agrees.

Houston ties

Hurts went to high school in Houston. And playing the Texans will give him the opportunity to rekindle some of the long histories that stand between him and the city of Houston.

“Going back to Houston, it should be fun,” said Hurts. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in NRG Stadium… All fond memories. It’s a part of my childhood.”

Hurts grew up watching two guys: Vince Young and Steve McNair.

“Vince Young, watching him at Texas, hearing the name around Houston and playing at Houston-Madison, he was a helluva player, did great things at all levels,” said Hurts. “He’s definitely a legend in the city of Houston.”

And if he brings his A-game, he’ll end up a legend in the city of Houston as well. It’s clear Brown is praying for it.

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