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Jalen Hurts to start in Week 15 for Eagles

The Eagles are sticking with Jalen Hurts in Week 15 after the team won in his starting debut.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes the ball in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In news that surprises absolutely nobody, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced on Monday that Jalen Hurts will remain the team’s starting quarterback in Week 15. Following Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints, Pederson played coy with his QB decision.

The Eagles looked great on defense for much of the game and got a big ground effort in Sunday’s win. Miles Sanders rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns while Hurts added 106 yards on 18 carries. Hurts completed 17 of 30 passes for 167 yards and connected with Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown pass.

It was an impressive all-around performance by the Eagles, and Hurts deserves credit for impressing against a strong Saints defense. New Orleans entered the game ranked second in both pass and run defense efficiency. They had not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 56 games, and on Sunday they gave it up twice.

Hurts’ passing skills are not quite where he is as a runner, but he is proving to be a dangerous threat. Barring an injury, it’s hard to see Carson Wentz regaining the starting job this season.