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Jalen Hurts has brought hope and excitement back to the Delaware Valley after his first career NFL start leading the Eagles to a dramatic 24-21 upset of the New Orleans Saints, who entered the game as the #1 team in the NFC.
Hurts managed to bring back memories of former Eagles dual-threat quarterbacks such as Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham.
He dazzled with his legs, rushing for 106 yards and looked poised as a passer. Finishing 17-30 for 167 yards and a touchdown through the air. Hurts impressed many by his on-field awareness, showcasing it by throwing the ball away when needed and not taking any sacks.
A very impressive performance for a quarterback making his first career NFL start. Here is how it compares to other star Eagles’ quarterbacks’ first career starts.
· Donovan McNabb- Donovan McNabb's first career start was Nov. 14, 1999, a 35-28 win in Week 10 over Washington. McNabb finished 8 for 21, 60 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, and 49 rush yards.
· Randall Cunningham – Randall Cunningham struggled badly in his first career start vs the Rams, in a 17-6 loss finishing 14-34 with 4 interceptions and being sacked 5 times with a 22.7 passer rating. However, Cunningham rushed for 90 yards on the ground.
Michael Vick- Michael Vick’s first career start came on Nov.11, 2001 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, a 20-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Vick finished 4-12 for 32 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 INT, and a 70.1 passer rating. Surprisingly, he only rushed for 4 yards.
· Nick Foles- Nick Foles’s first start was a rough one. A 31-6 loss to Washington on November 18, 2012. Foles finished 21-46 with