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What a homecoming for D’Andre Swift.
After growing up in Philadelphia, Swift went off for a career night in his Lincoln Financial Field debut with the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-28 win against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
Swift rushed for a career-high 175 yards to go along with a touchdown. He had a tough Vikings defense on their heels all night long as they couldn’t contain the former Detroit Lion.
Running behind that dominant offensive line has Swift looking much more like the star everyone expected him to be when he came out of the University of Georgia a few years back.
Now, the fourth and seventh-rounder that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman gave up for Swift this past offseason looks like an absolute bargain and could be the key move the organization was looking for to get another Super Bowl.
It still wasn’t the best version of the Eagles on Thursday night as they looked rough at several moments throughout the matchup. But the unleashing of Swift may be exactly what they need as they continue to evolve.
NFL fans had no shortage of praise for the hometown kid as he lit up the primetime stage.
LeSean Shady Mccoy @CutonDime25
Max Preston @MaxPrestonTV
Don’t know how you can watch D’Andre Swift tonight and not believe he should be the clear starter for the Eagles. #MINvsPHI
Michael F. Florio @MichaelFFlorio
D’Andre Swift has turned 18 carries into 107 yards. Last week Kenneth Gainwell turned 14 carries into 54 yards
Can’t say with confidence they’ll lean on Swift all year, but can say he is their most talented back
Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane
D’Andre Swift can be a bell cow. #Eagles
Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 @big_business_
How did the league let the Eagles get D’Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift has the most rushing yards in game by an Eagle since LeSean McCoy in 2013 🔥🦅 pic.twitter.com/6WEPr3PI6c
Word On The Birds @WordOnTheBirds
The Eagles really got D’Andre Swift for a 4th and 7th round pick. pic.twitter.com/FieuGusKxk
Additionally, Jalen Hurts got his fair share of credit in the win as well.
Now, while he—much like the rest of the team—still looks far from his best, Hurts finished with three total touchdowns on the night, including an incredible pass to DeVonta Smith in the third quarter that helped the Eagles really pull away.
Hurts ended the game with 193 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also had 35 yards and two more scores on the ground.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
JALEN HURTS TO DEVONTA SMITH FOR THE 61-YARD SCORE 🚀
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
This was a 63-yard TD pass from Jalen Hurts 😮 pic.twitter.com/2LWzr8ZaYz
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Jalen Hurts now has 28 career Rush TD, tied for the most through a QB’s first 50 career games in NFL history.
It also marks his 9th career game with multiple Rush TD, more than twice as many as any other QB through 50 career games since at least 1950.
Tonight is his 47th… pic.twitter.com/BBXr0gQt5T
ESPN Fantasy Sports @ESPNFantasy
Jalen Hurts managers tonight 😏 pic.twitter.com/KnhcrZMzye
Brandon Lee Gowton @BrandonGowton
Kudos to Jalen Hurts for hanging tough in the pocket and taking a shot to deliver a deep TD ball in stride to DeVonta Smith.
Encouraging to see after a bad start. #Eagles lead Vikings, 27 to 7.
Next up for Hurts, Swift and Philadelphia is a trip down to Tampa to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also beat the Vikings in Week 1.