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Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts isn't in the mood to talk much about perspectives, or to categorize his or the Eagles' season to date, or to really put anything out there about this 7-1 team as it prepares for Sunday's huge NFC East game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Really, Hurts is just taking everything as he always does – day by day, step by step, practice by practice. He'll add it all up at the end of the season.

"We're just enjoying the journey and, you know, I don't think there's a point we will arrive as a team," Hurts said on Sunday after his four-touchdown performance in Sunday's 38-31 win at Washington. "Obviously, there's one stop that we'd like to make in the end, but it's just a journey. It's just a journey and you have to really embrace the process of it and that's what I've done. Not worry about anything else, but what's in front of us and in front of myself in terms of us going out there and winning.

"That's the only thing that matters. I think I am eternally, I'm able to light a fire in myself in terms of the standard that I want to play to and I want the team to play to, but you know, we all feed off of that. We all feed off of our energy. But I'm always OK with the result if I truly gave it everything that I had and prepared to the best of my ability. And so, we just try to continue to grow as a team. I think we'll continue to grow right now."

Hurts is the leader and continues to show growth in so many ways, and on Sunday, he and the offense overcame two giveaways inside the Washington 5-yard line and a double-digit deficit to win for the seventh time in eight games. Each of the games this season has been unique, the victories unto themselves, and Hurts has done much of the heavy lifting.

He has won with his arm, as he did on Sunday by throwing four touchdown passes. He has won with his legs – two touchdown runs against Minnesota, 72 ground yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles – and it all adds up to something special.

"I think Jalen has continued to develop as a passer," Head Coach Nick Sirianni said. "He just played an outstanding game and I think he's been on a little bit of a roll here lately. Man, he played really good yesterday. Really good and we all saw that. Tough, leader, can beat you a lot of different ways and he beat the team with his arm yesterday."

Since the 2021 season, Hurts has produced a record of 29-9 and has won 24 of his last 26 regular-season starts. It is a remarkable streak, one that will be put to the test on Sunday against a Dallas defense that has nine interceptions, that has allowed just 17 points per game, and that is always a threat to score – cornerback Daron Bland has returned three interceptions for touchdowns.

So, the challenge is going to be stern on Sunday in South Philadelphia.

This is nothing new for Hurts, who is 1-1 against the Cowboys with a win last October, a 26-17 slugfest during which Hurts threw two touchdown passes.

Hurts has been among the most productive quarterbacks in the league this season, ranking third in total yards (2,420) and third in total touchdowns (19).

The stage, then, is set for a big one, as is typical of Eagles-Cowboys.

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