Looking ahead to a future opponent is a dangerous game to play, especially in the NFL. Before the second half collapse against the Jaguars, that’s exactly what Mike McCarthy had to make sure didn’t happen this week in regard to the Dallas Cowboys’ Christmas Eve clash against the Philadelphia Eagles.
That didn’t stop Micah Parsons from drawing attention to the rivalry game a week in advance, however.
Appearing on Von Miller’s podcast, Parsons questioned Jalen Hurts’ MVP candidacy by insinuating Hurts is a product of the Eagles’ system and the playmakers around him.
Parsons claims to have meant zero disrespect to Hurts, the deserved MVP frontrunner, as much as it pains us to admit it. The Eagles’ locker room didn’t see it that way, so they’ll be extra motivated to end the Cowboys’ bid to supplant them as the NFC’s top seed and NFC East leaders.
Most Dallas fans can admit Hurts is a problem, even if they have reservations about his potential and talent as a pure passer. As it turns out, Trevon Diggs, Hurts’ former teammate at Alabama, belongs in that conversation, too.
Check out Diggs’ recent Twitter activity.
Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs endorses Eagles QB Jalen Hurts as NFL MVP.
Diggs and Parsons might have teamed up to roll out the red carpet for Odell Beckham Jr. during the wideout’s free agency visit, but they clearly don’t see eye-to-eye on Hurts’ rise to stardom as a former second-round pick.
Parsons’ comments weren’t taken out of context. Intentional or not, they slighted one of the game’s breakout stars. They also came off as hypocritical. Say what you will about the front office, but Dak Prescott’s had the luxury of playing with an elite offensive line and array of pass-catchers for most of his career.
Wasn’t it the trade for Amari Cooper that accelerated Prescott’s leap into the upper tier of quarterbacks? Like Josh Allen becoming a different QB the second Stefon Diggs arrived in Buffalo, AJ Brown’s done wonders for Hurts.
At the end of the day, Hurts has led Philly to the NFL’s best record while ranking seventh in completion percentage (67.3), and fourth in both QBR (68.7) and passer rating (104.6). He’s thrown 22 touchdowns and his five interceptions are the second-fewest of any quarterback who’s started at least 13 games.
Additionally, Hurts has 747 rushing yards (third-most among QBs) – and 13 rushing scores (most among QBs and second in the entire NFL). That’s 35 touchdowns to seven turnovers (he’s lost two fumbles) for the season … with only one loss to show for it.
We hate to wax poetic on any Eagles player, but Parsons left us no other choice. At least Diggs recognizes what Hurts is doing is incredible … and it should mean a little more coming from a cornerback who’s had a first-hand view of the strides Hurts has made as a passer.