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Jalen Hurts MVP Case: Can Eagles QB Win the NFL’s Top Honor?


Believe Jalen hurts Sprained his shoulder for a short time Philadelphia on Monday because the Eagles have been rolling all season behind their superstar quarterback and the entire city is thinking about a Super Bowl. Injury to Hurts may really be the only thing that can shake the balance of power in NFC.

It could also shake up the race for the NFL’s MVP.

Right now, 14 games this season, 24-year-old Hurts is probably favorite to be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The numbers he’s put up this season are impressive, and his impact on the Eagles’ 3rd-placed offense can’t be overstated. He was one of the top 5 midfielders all season in the air and probably more dangerous than all of them on the ground.

“In my opinion,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Tuesday, “he’s played better than anyone in this year’s tournament.”

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But has he done enough?

It’s suddenly the question that now Hurts’ condition over the next few weeks is in question because of the sprained (thrown) right shoulder he suffered against. Chicago bear on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles don’t consider it a serious injury. Sirianni refused even to exclude him their match this Saturday on FOX against Cowboys in Dallas.

But with the Eagles leading by three games in the table and the conference with three games left to play, the Eagles may choose to be cautious with their most important asset. He probably won’t play much, if at all, for the rest of the season.

And if he does, he will hardly get enough votes to be the MVP of the tournament.

Maybe that’s unfair, but it’s his reality. The truth is, Hurts probably did more than enough to keep the conversation going and possibly get at least a few votes — especially with 50 MVP voters now ranking their top 5 picks for the first time ever. first this year. His production this season has been outstanding. He completed 67.3% of his 3,472 yard passes, with 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He is also the most dangerous midfielder in the league, with 156 hits from 747 yards and 13 touches on the ball.

He’s fourth in the NFL in terms of QBR (68.7). His 13 hasty touchdowns ranks second among all players — including running back. He’s third in the league in Projected Score Added (94.9). He’s the only quarterback in the league to have at least 30 composite touches (jumping and passing) with less than 10 interceptions.

And, perhaps most importantly, he and his team are 13-1.

But spectacular as all, he also faces some pretty spectacular competition from quarterbacks like Buffalo’s Josh AllenCincinnati Joe Burrow and Kansas City Patrick Mahomes. Even with voters currently leading Hurts, he cannot lead by a wide margin.

And Allen, Burrow and Mahomes may have two or three more opportunities to impress voters and add to their totals—opportunities that Hurts may not have.

All of them have also rolled recently. Allen has completed 63.7% of his passes from 3,857 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season, while also running 109 times over 705 yards and six touches. shadow. The Receipt also won five games in a row since Allen recovered from an elbow injury, and he’s hit 10 touchdown passes with just one interception in that span.

And then there’s Burrow, who is possibly more attractive than any quarterback — or player — in the NFL. During the season, he completed 68.2% of his 3,885-yard passes with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But he ran for an average of 259.3 yards per game in a six-game winning streak in which he hit 14 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.

His numbers are even better looking back at nine games, through 8-1 for Bengaliwhere he averaged 285.4 yards of passing and made 22 touchdown passes with just 5 interceptions.

As for Mahomes, all he is doing is leading the league in passes (4,496) and touchdowns (35) with 11 interceptions during the season. The chief won seven of the last eight, and Mahomes averaged a ridiculous 345 yards of passes per game during that period with 18 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Those were gaudy numbers for all three of them. They are both extremely important to their team. And they are all also winning by an impressive margin. Hurts’ pass numbers didn’t quite match any of them, but as Sirianni put it, “He entered that MVP race because of his double-threat ability, with the ability to not only execute what he’s doing but also what he’s doing when it comes to running football.” That’s why he’s in the top 5 of people’s votes.

But that’s right now. If Hurts hasn’t played much for a long time while Burrow, Allen and Mahomes continue their hot streak, Hurts could almost look like he’s literally standing still. Voters will have to decide that Hurts is more important to his team in 14 games than anyone else in 16 or 17. And that could be an even tougher argument if they win. the next two or three games in midfield Minshew gardener in the driving position.

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That, of course, is if Hurts doesn’t play.

“I don’t appreciate Jalen Hurts for his mental and physical toughness,” said Sirianni. “There’s a chance he’ll play this week. He’s one of the toughest guys I know. And he’s a quick healer. He’s an eccentric. His body isn’t like yours. my best friend.”

Sirianni said it would just be a health decision. “If a guy is ready to play, then he is ready to play,” he said. He won’t be making a call based on the Eagles’ position on the leaderboard. And with expectations of a long way through to the knockout stages, they certainly won’t decide the Hurts’ status based on the race for the prize.

However, if he can compete, that may just be the last boost his candidate needs. What if he gets rid of a shoulder sprain that puts most players out for two weeks and plays well the whole time it hurts and wins? Allen, Mahomes and Burrow will still have a chance to shine along the way.

But such a show of toughness from Hurts will likely be on the minds of every MVP voter.

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Ralph Vacchiano is an NFC East correspondent for FOX Sports, covering the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He had spent the previous six years covering the Giants and the Jets for SNY TV in New York, and before that, 16 years covering the Giants and the NFL for the New York Daily News. Follow him on Twitter at @RalphVacchiano.

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