Jalen Hurts was born in Houston and grew up about 25 miles from NRG Stadium.
As a child he dreamed of playing at the stadium the Houston Texans call home. On Thursday night he’ll finally get that chance when he leads the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) against the lowly one-win Texans (1-5-1).
Hurts and the Eagles look to improve to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. The 24-year-old Hurts has been great for Philadelphia, winning 10 consecutive regular-season games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
He threw a career-high four touchdown passes last week to lead the Eagles to a 35-13 win over Pittsburgh and his 300.3 yards of offense a game leads all NFC quarterbacks.
Hurts has taken a big jump this season and has 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions a year after finishing with 16 TDs and nine picks. It’s an improvement that Philadelphia offensive coordinator Shane Steichen expected to see this year.
The Eagles are not only undefeated on the season, they’re also a perfect 5-0 against the Texans. Philadelphia and Minnesota are the only teams Houston has never beaten.
When is Eagles-Titans?
The Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans play at 7:15 p.m. (8:15 p.m. ET) on Thursday, Nov. 3. The pregame starts at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET).
Will it be live streamed?
The game will be carried by Amazon Prime Video, which offers a free trial. The game will be called by play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, analyst Kirk Herbstreit, reporter Kaylee Hartung, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Will it be televised?
The Eagles and Texans will not be broadcast on traditional TV.
UNDEFEATED TALK: The Eagles have been pretty quiet about a potential quest to go undefeated. The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team that finished unbeaten with a 17-0 mark that could stand another 50 years or more given the parity and length of the modern NFL season. The 2007 New England Patriots came close, going 18-0 before a Super Bowl loss.
Even as the wins pile up, and the Eagles approach the midway point unbeaten, they’ve offered no bulletin board material on what it might mean to match the Dolphins.
“The common denominator of great teams is they focus on one day at a time and they don’t think about the past, they don’t think about the future,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “They think about where we are and how we’re going to go 1-0 this day, and completely focus on that.”
RUNNING WILD: The Texans have ranked near the bottom of the NFL in run defense all year and their performance last week was their worst of the season. Houston allowed 314 yards rushing behind a 219-yard performance by Derrick Henry in the loss to Tennessee.
It was the second-most yards rushing the team has allowed in franchise history and has Houston averaging an NFL-worst 186 yards rushing allowed a game — 30 yards more than the 31st-ranked Bears.
YOUTH IS SERVED: The Texans started a franchise-record eight rookies against the Titans. It passed the previous high of six rookies which was done three times in Houston’s first season in 2002.
The Texans started three rookies on offense and five on defense last week.
NOT-SO-MIGHTY QUINN: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn played 20 defensive snaps and had one quarterback hit in his Eagles’ debut against Pittsburgh only days after he was acquired from Chicago. The 32-year-old Quinn is off to a slow start with just one sack a season after he broke Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s Bears’ record with 18 1/2 sacks. There could be a “Quinn quirk” this season — because the Bears and Eagles already had their bye weeks, he could play 18 games this season. The Eagles expect Quinn to eventually show flashes of his old self in their current scheme.
“He’s an extremely intelligent player and he’s played a lot of ball. It’s just putting it into the verbiage of that,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said. “He really walked right into that room and fit right in, and it helps everybody in that room.”
STAYING PUT: There was much speculation that veteran Houston receiver Brandin Cooks could be traded before Tuesday’s deadline, but he ended up staying put. Smith got annoyed with repeated questions about the possibility of a trade on Tuesday and reiterated that Cooks was part of the team and that he planned for him to be involved in the game plan against the Eagles.
“Do we like Brandin? Yes, that’s obvious,” Smith said. “Any more than that, Brandin is a part of our football team. So, what else is there to say about it?”
Cooks leads the team with 354 yards receiving.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.