Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had a lot of pressure on him entering this season.

The Eagles have an elite offensive line and an impressive, young duo at wide receiver. They also have an underrated, consistent force at tight end. Last season, people felt that Hurts struggled to throw the ball downfield. This year, he is proving that narrative wrong so far for the Eagles.

Hurts’ performance in Week 1 was quite the marvel. He was efficient through the air and on the ground. New WR A.J. Brown had quite the connection with Hurts at every level of the field. He caught 10 passes for 155 yards.

On the ground, the Eagles QB ran for 90 yards and a touchdown.

The biggest implication was his ability to stretch the field, though. At times last year, fans thought that he was playing too conservatively. They felt that Hurts wasn’t taking the chances necessary for big plays, or the coaching staff didn’t trust him to do so.

Now, it looks like he will get more chances to do exactly that. His performance in Week 1 for the Eagles is certainly something to build on this season. The Eagles are in a prime position to win the NFC East. Hurts’ ability to push the ball downfield will play a large role in their chances to be a contender.

There is a long way to go for Hurts and the Eagles, but this was a step in the right direction.

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