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Know your Foe: Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts

CHARLOTTE - Philadelphia (1-3) comes to Charlotte on the heels of a three-game losing streak.

The Eagles knocked off Atlanta in the season opener, but have since fallen to the 49ers, Cowboys and Chiefs with tough matchups against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Las Vegas upcoming.

Philadelphia will certainly be trying to find a much-needed win this weekend and stay competitive in the NFC East.

Jalen Hurts


Jalen Hurts has led an offensive effort that statistically seems better than the team's 1-3 record.

Philadelphia is eighth in net passing yards (274.8), 12th in fewest sacks (8) and 11th in third down conversions.

Hurts has only thrown two interceptions against seven passing touchdowns, tied for the fourth-fewest picks thrown by qualified quarterbacks this year. He threw for 387 yards and rushed for 47 more with two touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday against Kansas City.

"That's one of the better quarterback performances I've seen, and I've been around a lot of good quarterbacks," Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. "He battled. He made good decisions with the football. He got out of trouble when there was trouble. He made good checks. He made good reads. That's the best I've seen him in practice. That's the best I've seen him in a game since I've been here, so hats off to Jalen, he battled," .

Hurts is certainly finding his footing as the Eagles' young leader.

DeVonta Smith


One of the main offensive storylines for Philadelphia this season has been the connection between former Alabama teammates Hurts and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Smith recorded his first 100-yard receiving game on Sunday with seven catches. He had averaged just 38.3 yards per game in the first three games.

Along with Smith, the Eagles have a pair of tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert who have been productive this season.

Goedert has averaged 47.0 receiving yards per game, while Ertz has 38.3. They rank third and eighth in the league among tight ends, respectively.


Last week, the Eagles allowed Kansas City, admittedly one of the NFL's best red-zone teams, to go 5-of-5 inside the 20-yard line.

On the season, Philadelphia has given up touchdowns on 11 of 14 red zone opportunities, tied for 26th in the NFL.

However, more troubling than what happens in the red zone is how the Eagles defense seems to end up in it.

Philadelphia is 30th in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 150.3 rush yards per game. As Panthers fans know from Sunday, when you allow a team to move it on the ground, it opens up everything else.

Carolina is 5-7 all-time against Philadelphia, including record-setting fourth-quarter comeback in 2018 and a win in the 2003 NFC Championship game.

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