The on-field leader of the NFL’s top team at 11-1, was named the conference’s Player of the Month in September but his back-to-back weekly awards in wins over Green Bay and Tennessee are the first two POTW honors in his career.
Hurts is the first Eagles player to ever win a Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks and the second NFL player to do so this year, joining Buffalo QB Josh Allen who did it in Weeks 5 and 6.
In last week’s 35-10 win over the Titans, Hurts passed for a season-high 380 yards and totaled four touchdowns – three passing and one rushing. It marked the most passing yards and highest passer rating (130.3) of any quarterback in Week 13. He was just seven yards short of tying his career high, but with the Eagles in firm control of the outcome, he sat for the final 9:40 of Sunday’s game.
Two weeks ago against the Packers, Hurts ran for 157 yards and threw for 153 becoming the first player in league history to run and throw for more than 150 yards in a single game.
As a team, Philadelphia was the first to run for over 350 yards in one week and then pass for over 350 the next since the 1987 Raiders.
This season Hurts had produced 29 total touchdowns with 20 passing – against just three interceptions – and nine more rushing. He remains a leading candidate for MVP.
Overall the Eagles have produced six different POTW performances this season, starting with Zech McPhearson winning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in the season opener at Detroit. From there DE Brandon Graham won NFC Defensive Player of the Week at Washington in Week 3, edge rusher Haason Reddick matched him vs. Jacksonville in Week 4 and Cameron Dicker earned NFC STPOW honors in Week 5 at Arizona as a replacement for Jake Elliott.
EAGLES START PRACTICE WINDOW FOR MADDOX
Philadelphia started the 21-day practice window for Avonte Maddox on Wednesday and if all goes well this week the starting slot cornerback could be back on the field against the 7-4-1 New York Giants on Sunday after missing the past four games with a hamstring injury.
The team also brought back DT Marvin Wilson and OT Roderick Johnson to the practice squad.
The Eagles can clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie over the Giants or with a loss of both San Francisco and Seattle also lose.