• Chad Workman

Week 11 Review: Jalen Hurts Don’t It

Twitter: @tweetsbychad

The NFL season has been filled with drama, as usual, but has lacked real fireworks on the field in the last few weeks. That changed on Sunday when we saw a historic performance from Jonathan Taylor and countless other big games.

We’re still getting a heavy dose of backup QB’s and QB struggles all over the league, but runners and pass catchers are starting to take over the season. We’ve seen how an injury to one of the league's best-running backs can tear an offense down, and now we’re seeing how some of the league's young, dynamic talents can prop an offense up.

Let’s dig in.

  • Jalen Hurts

Hurts continues to get it done, week in and week out. After tallying 30.78 fantasy points in a big team win against the Saints, Hurts has now posted a total of 340 points in his first 15 starts in the NFL. Lamar Jackson, who Hurts often draws comparisons to, put up 334.38 fantasy points across his first 15 starts. Both QB’s took over the starting gig late in their rookie seasons, and all Jackson did in his second was win the NFL MVP. Hurts isn’t being talked about for the league's MVP award, and it’s unlikely that he wins it, but he is progressing at arguably a better rate than Jackson was. It’s fair to wonder about Hurts’ passing yardage, as he threw for just 147 yards and zero touchdowns on Sunday in what was one of his least efficient outings, but the offense is finally highlighting his ability as a rusher while allowing the passing to develop. He rushed for 69 yards and three scores against the Saints, keeping them off balance all game en route to the QB3 finish through Sunday’s games. With a friendly schedule the rest of the way, Hurts is a high-end QB1 from here on out.

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