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49ers and Eagles high five

Sports 16 Oct, 2023 Follow News

Brock Purdy is defying predictions

Jalen Hurts is powering the Eagles offence

The San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles are the early season in-form teams, the only ones in the NFL to remain unbeaten.

The 49ers enjoyed an emphatic 42-10 victory over old enemies Dallas Cowboys to join the Eagles as the only 5-0 sides.

The Niners enjoyed their biggest win of their storied rivalry with Dallas, while the Eagles powered to a tough win at the Los Angeles Rams.

Miami’s high-flying attack broke another record and the New England Patriots suffered another embarrassing loss.

The 49ers and Dallas are both five-time Super Bowl winners. They have had an epic rivalry down the years in play-off games, but this one was one-way traffic from the start.

Quarterback Brock Purdy moved to 10-0 as a starter with four touchdown passes in another clinical showing and Christian McCaffrey scored for the 14th game running.

Purdy’s story is amazing. At the start of the season he was one of the least regarded starting QBs yet in just a few phenomenal weeks is an early pick for MVP. In 17 months, he’s gone from being the last pick in the NFL draft to a frontrunner for MVP. You may think that’s a stretch, because it’s just impossible that a player bypassed for seven rounds by 31 NFL teams could have a passer rating 27 points higher than Patrick Mahomes.

The Eagles have not been as impressive as the 49ers but they have reached 5-0 for the second year running, after another solid defensive effort and a powerful run game in their 23-14 win at the Los Angeles Rams.

The Eagles dictated the game thanks to their all-powerful offensive line, which was unstoppable again when they performed what has become known as the ‘brotherly shove’ or ‘tush push’ - when the entire team helped push Jalen Hurts into the end zone from close range.

Philly look determined to get back to the Super Bowl after last season’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs - who are taking control of the AFC again after edging the Minnesota Vikings 27-20 to improve to 4-1.

The win gave Mahomes the full set as he has now beaten all 31 other teams in the NFL, and is the first quarterback to do it under the age of 30.

With just a one-point defeat against them and plenty of room for improvement, the defending Super Bowl champions look capable of repeating - with the only worry being an ankle injury Travis Kelce picked up just before scoring what turned out to be the winning touchdown.

Also at 4-1 and so far the main challengers to the Chiefs are the Miami Dolphins, who continue to set records offensively - this time recording more total yards in their first five games than the famous 2000 St Louis Rams team that was nicknamed ‘the greatest show on turf’ for their attacking prowess.

Miami’s 31-16 win over the New York Giants saw remarkable rookie De’Von Achane become just the second player to score seven touchdowns in his first four games - while Tyreek Hill had another monstrous game with 181 receiving yards and a touchdown.

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