How Eagles could attack Giants with Jalen Hurts nursing injury
Fans might see Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts handing the ball off to running back Miles Sanders more often. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

How Eagles could attack Giants with Jalen Hurts nursing injury

With Eagles QB Jalen Hurts playing through an injured throwing shoulder, Philadelphia's offense could look a little different in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game at home against the Giants.

Expect the Giants to target Hurts' injured shoulder. Safety Julian Love said New York will "test" the third-year QB, but Hurts downplayed the possibility.

"I've got a bounty on me every week," he told reporters earlier this week

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni could have Hurts use fewer designed runs. If Hurts runs, the majority of his yards may come scrambling on passing plays. 

Before suffering the injury, Hurts averaged 11 rushing attempts and 53.4 rushing yards per game, per Pro Football Reference.

In his first game back, against the G-Men in Week 18, Hurts had nine carries for 13 yards (1.4 yards per carry). He also threw 229 yards and an interception.

The Eagles could also rely more on running backs Miles Sanders and the "Giant Slayer" Boston Scott. In 2022, Philadelphia's rushing attack finished fifth in the league

It makes sense for the Eagles to run. The Giants gave up the sixth-most rushing yards and an average of 5.2 yards per carry

NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew predicts the game will include seven rushing touchdowns.

If Hurts re-injures his shoulder and is knocked out of the game, Philadelphia will turn to backup Gardner Minshew, who went 0-2 down the stretch.

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