Betting With Bastl: Can Jalen Hurts Build Off Of Hot Start?

David Bastl | Updated Dec 17, 2020

Jalen Hurts, Eagles. 2020

Hurts single handedly inserted a shockwave into the Eagles locker room and the result was a stunning 24-21 win over the mighty Saints.

There’s a spark in Philadelphia and his name is Jalen Hurts. Hurts single handedly inserted a shockwave into the Eagles locker room and the result was a stunning 24-21 win over the mighty Saints. Yes, the same Saints team the rolled in Philadelphia as the hottest team in football, winners of nine straight until they met Jalen Hurts.

Hurts motored along the ground for 106 yards on 18 carries and was 17-of-30 for 167 yards in the win. Eight different Eagles receivers caught passes, while Miles Sanders raced for a game-high 115 yards on 14 carries.

For as bad as the NFC East has been this season, it is must watch TV. All four teams in the division, including the Eagles have a shot a taking the title, and a home playoff game.

This weekend, the Eagles Hurts attack travels to Arizona where they meet a Cardinals rush defense that is ranked 18th in the NFL, averaging 119.5 yards per game against. The Cardinals have had their problems against the running style of Quarterbacks this season. Russell Wilson has run for 126 yards in two games against them, while Josh Allen (38 yards), Cam Newton (46 yards), Teddy Bridgewater (32 yards) have all had success against the Cardinals this season.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, Dec 20 2020 4:05pm)

Pointspread
  • Philadelphia Eagles -115 +6
  • Arizona Cardinals -105 -6

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These two teams do not have a lot of history of playing against each other. The last time they met was back in the 2017 season where the Eagles won 34-7, but not too many of the significant players playing in Sunday’s game were playing in that one.

Bastl’s Bet: Eagles +6.5

Overtime Predictions

Lots of talk that Drew Brees will be making his return to the Saints lineup for a possible Super Bowl preview with the Chiefs. New Orleans is coming off a loss in Philadelphia, but have played well at home with a 5-1, but the Chiefs are a perfect 7-0 on the road. I’ll take the Saints in this one because of the hook.

It’s all about the health of Washington Quarterback Alex Smith. Why is this important? Well, according to NFL Research – with Smith under center – the Football Team’s offence is top-10 in the league, and their 26.8 points per game ranked them seventh since week 10. Hopefully, Antonio Gibson can dress for this one to give them a fighting chance.

Bastl’s Bet: Saints +3.5, Washington +5.5

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