The Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-5, will face a tough test in Week 8 as they face the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on the road.
Ahead of his team's important duel with Philadelphia, Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin talked about Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts in a press conference Tuesday, according to an article posted to "Pro Football Talk."
More specifically, Tomlin shared a few different factors that make Jalen Hurts and the Eagles' offense so difficult to contain.
"They’re unbelievably efficient in terms of maintaining possession of the ball and it starts with their quarterback, Jalen Hurts. Man, I’ve just got so much respect for him and the way he plays the position," Mike Tomlin said of Hurts. "His intangible quality, his leadership skills, his prudent decision making, his prudent use of mobility at the position. It’s all really good, and that’s why they have very little negativity in their offense. They utilize his mobility schematically in situational moments. It’s challenging for the defense on possession downs in a tight red. I think he’s got six touchdowns via the ground."
While Hurts has undoubtedly been one of the best quarterbacks in football this season, he's also improved drastically from his 2021 campaign in Philadelphia.
The third-year quarterback has improved his completion percentage from 61.3% to 66.8%, increased his yards passing per game by over 40 yards, and cut his interception percentage nearly in half.
To make matters worse for opposing defenses, Hurts still is an elite athlete, too. He currently has double the rushing touchdowns (6) as compared to the next leading quarterback (several tied at 3).
Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to hand Hurts and the Eagles their first loss of the season Sunday.