Jerry Jones was watching.
The Dallas Cowboys team owner said he caught “every snap” of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts’ dominating Monday night performance, and was well aware of an NFC East reality by night’s end.
“We’re playing a Philadelphia team with a quarterback threat,” Jones said Tuesday morning on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. “It doesn’t surprise me or startle me… [but] they’re going to be all we can handle.”
The Eagles improved to 2-0 Monday with a 24-7 dismantling of the Minnesota Vikings. Hurts punished the Vikings defense with his arm, going 26-of-31 passing for 333 yards and a touchdown with an interception while also collecting 57 rushing yards and two more touchdowns on 11 carries. Vegas noticed, with BetMGM moving Hurts’ MVP odds to +1000, up from +2500 in the preseason.
The quarterback himself tweeted postgame: “Hurts, Don’t It?” He added a winking emoji and the franchise hashtag.
“Hurts has really evolved and is better than when he came out we might have thought,” Jones said. “He’s a guy that has always been able to run; very athletic, very strong. That’s not surprising.
“I was particularly impressed with the passing.”
Hurts’ 108.7 pass rating more than doubled that of Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw three interceptions and finished at 51.1.
Jones’ Cowboys will face Hurts and company Oct. 16 in Philadelphia on “Sunday Night Football.” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who underwent surgery on a thumb fracture in his throwing hand last week, could return for the matchup. Dallas didn’t place Prescott on injured reserve in case he could return in fewer than four weeks — Jones was optimistic about Oct. 9 at the Los Angeles Rams — though multiple reports pegged a likely timeline for Prescott’s return at 4-6 weeks.
Prescott is scheduled to get his stitches removed this week, head coach Mike McCarthy said. Quarterback Cooper Rush guided the Cowboys to a 20-17 upset of the Bengals on Sunday in Prescott’s absence.
With or without Prescott, it’ll be up to linebacker Micah Parsons and the frenetic Cowboys defense to contain Hurts when the teams face off. Parsons became the first NFL player to notch 17 sacks in his first 18 career games after sacking Tom Brady and Joe Burrow twice each the past two weeks.
Could Hurts soon join that club?
“They’ve got a plan to move the ball,” Jones said of Philadelphia. “They’ve certainly done that with him, and they’re doing a good job up there.”
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