PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts rushed for 301 yards in the first half in the biggest game of his young career, finishing with three touchdowns as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Trying to prove he’s a franchise QB for the Eagles in year two, Hurts looked simply unstoppable from the get-go.

Hurt went 5-for-5 on five receiving passes — highlighted by a 19-yarder from AJ Brown — and capped the drive himself with a 3-yard run. In the opening win against Detroit, Hurts failed to complete a pass in five attempts and the Eagles turned the ball over on a punt on the first play.

Turn the ball over on downs?

It just seemed like an anti-Viking rumor. The TD was just the start for the 24-year-old Hurts, who threw, ran, imposed his will with every tool available against a Vikings defense that couldn’t solve him in his 21st career game. He finished with 333 yards passing and a touchdown and 57 yards and two scores on the ground.

On the first play of the second quarter, Hurts connected with Ques Watkins for a 53-yard TD to take a 14-0 lead.

Slay, who picked off Kirk Cousins’ fumbled pass in the third quarter, referred to each of the Eagles’ trio of talented receivers as Batman.

There was Brown, the “chubby” Batman who caught five times for 69 yards; DeVonta Smith was the “skinny” Batman who had seven for 80 yards; and Watkins was the “quick” Batman who scored an easy (and gained 69 yards).

Why are they all Batman?

“No Robbins. “We have no allies,” Slay said.

Hurts had another big play with just under two minutes left in the first half. Harts rolled to his right and ran to the end zone. He pulled two defenders behind him, lowered his head and broke through for a 26-yard touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Jake Elliott booted a 38-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 24-7 halftime lead.

In a second week full of incredible comebacks, it might have been unwise to write the Vikings off completely.

But Cousins ​​and wide receiver Justin Jefferson, whom the Eagles passed up in the 2020 draft, never got much going against the Eagles and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. In the fourth quarter, Slay had his second interception of the game as “Big Play Slay” flashed on the scoreboard shortly after.

Hurts had 50 rushing yards and 251 yards in the first half. Cousins ​​finished the game 27-for-46 for 221 yards and three interceptions. Jefferson had six catches for 48 yards on the week after he had 184 receiving yards and two TDs in a win against Green Bay.

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