Cowboys superstar Micah Parsons recently said provocative things regarding Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, basically questioning the validity of Hurts’ MVP candidacy.
The all-pro linebacker proposed the idea that maybe Hurts isn’t as elite as fans and the media are making him out to be, but rather he’s just a good fit in an explosive offense and one of the most stacked teams in the NFL.
Jordan Mailata Defends Jalen Hurts After Parsons MVP Slight
A main source of solidarity for Hurts came from left tackle Jordan Mailata, who jumped to Hurts’ defense and urged Parsons to “worry about his game.”
NBC Sports quoted Mailata as saying, “I’m going to worry about the Chicago Bears this week, mate, worry about this game. Micah should worry about his game this week, too. I don’t know who the f— they’re playing, pardon my language. Just worry about who you got this week.”
Micah Parsons Disses Jalen Hurts Before Eagles-Cowboys Game
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are bitter rivals, and they play on Christmas Eve in a game that could decide who takes control of the NFC and NFC East. With fanaticism at peak levels, you know these comments had a lot of Eagles fans riled up, and caused a tremendous amount of controversy.
.@89JonesNTAF looks directly in the camera to tell Micah Parsons how he feels about his comments on Jalen Hurts…
"It's disrespectful bruh… This man is balling out at an MVP level." pic.twitter.com/o0CwIq3TgQ
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) December 14, 2022
Micah Parsons Talks Jalen Hurts On “The Voncast”
Parsons linked up with future Hall of Famer and current Bills superstar Von Miller on his podcast “The Voncast,” and discussed a multitude of things as well as the Eagles and their success.
The linebacker said, according to ESPN, “When you look at the Eagles, is it Hurts or the team?”
ESPN also quoted Parsons as saying, “I’m not trying to make no enemies; I just love the game so much. And I understand it so much that … when things are off, I just can’t hold it in. I almost got to say something.”
Those comments bought a mixed bag of reactions to the forefront of the football world, many siding with Parsons on his take that Hurts isn’t an MVP-caliber player. Other fans were supporting Hurts, saying that he has played at an MVP level and should be regarded as such.
A lot of support also came from the Eagles, defending their signal caller against Parsons.
That will be an interesting matchup depending on if Parsons lines up on Mailata’s side. If so, we will be seeing sparks fly all night, in what may vie as a contestant for the game of the year between these NFC East rivals.
Jalen Hurts’ response was a little simpler as he’s always been a man of action, not words.
“We’re worried about the Bears right now,” Hurts said.
Jalen Hurts when asked about the Micah Parsons quote: “I’m worried about the Bears right now.” pic.twitter.com/bkHyHE7M9x
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) December 14, 2022
Is Jalen Hurts the MVP Favorite?
The current favorite to win MVP is locked in and won’t let petty comments like that affect his game. Las Vegas sportsbooks currently have Hurts ahead of Mahomes for odds to win the MVP at -150.
The Eagles are taking it one game at a time, but they most definitely had this game against the Cowboys circled on their schedules at the beginning of the year. Parson’s comments only made that circle bigger.
The Eagles and Cowboys met earlier in the season. The Eagles prevailed in their first NFC East matchup, winning 26-17. It’s understandable why Parsons feels this way about Hurts because the Cowboys almost completed a comeback against the Eagles without their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott. Now that he is back, the team’s confidence has to be through the roof. The Eagles and Cowboys will meet one last time on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.