The roar of “Carson Wentz, Carson Wentz, Carson Wentz!” chants from the Philly faithful who travelled to Soldier Field followed the Eagles as they headed into the locker room after a convincing week two Monday Night Football victory over the less than impressive Chicago Bears. Wentz’s second strong performance has brought the excitement back to EAGLES football as his performance resulted in the Chicago faithless exiting Soldier Field well before the clock hit 0:00. After the impressive 29–14 victory, general manager Howie Roseman has to be an early candidate for executive of the year for his wheeling and dealing of players as if he was playing fantasy football in his parents basement. First year head coach, Doug Pederson, the potential coach of the year at this rate, who unlike his mentor in Kansas City has shown early on that he will take risks (4 for 4 on 4th down attempts this year), use timeouts wisely, and bring a winning attitude back to the Philadelphia Eagles to the delight of its dedicated fan base.
Wentz again was solid in Week 2 and is getting a lot of attention with a solid start to his young NFL career with a passing completion rate of 60.6%, 468 total yards, 3 touchdowns, QBR of 94.1, zero fumbles, no interceptions and most importantly, two straight NFL wins to start the season. Truth be told, Wentz’s wide receivers kept him from having even better statistics. Jordan Matthews drop of Wentz’s perfectly thrown 35 yard guaranteed touchdown pass to the back corner of the end zone kept the game close and Wentz’s numbers down. To raise his game to the next level and be considered “elite” Mathews has to make that catch despite having an otherwise nice game with 6 receptions for 71 yards. Not to be overshadowed by Mathew’s, former first rounder Nelson Agholor also dropped a pass from Wentz down the right sideline early in the third quarter that would have gone for a large gain. Notwithstanding these drops and more careless penalties that continued from Week One, Wentz did everything that all of Eagles Nation have been waiting for. During these first two weeks, Wentz has shown both the mental and physical ability to be the franchise quarterback the Philadelphia Eagles have been looking for since the heydays of Donavon McNabb.
Much like the Eagles Week One win over the directionless Cleveland Browns, Wentz showed the ability to stay calm in the pocket, change the play call at the line of scrimmage and command the offense to another blow out win. Note to Chip Kelly, time of possession does matter. Wentz looks like a quarterback who has been winning NFL games for years, not two games and one half a game in preseason. North Dakota State certainly taught Wentz about a “NFL style offence” and it seems to have paid off. Wentz may have only played the Browns and the Bears, but there is something to be said about toughness when you are the starting quarterback of the team that leads the NFL in point differential after 2 weeks. (Eagles lead the NFL at +41 and the Arizona Cardinals are second at +31).
For EAGLES fans everything is coming up Green. However, despite his size (6’5, 225lbs) Wentz is taking a lot of hits. Wentz needs to do a better job at avoiding the unnecessary hits and the offense line needs to do a better job. If Wentz continues to take hits like he has, we won’t be seeing him play for long.
While all the attention is on Wentz, the Eagles defense is playing like a unit that has something to prove after last year’s bottom five performance. After two weeks, the new Jim Schwartz’s Eagles’ defense has allowed the least amount of points scored, recorded six sacks, forced four turnovers and have knocked the starting quarterback out of each of their first two games – Robert Griffin III with a shoulder injury and Jay Cutler with a hand injury. Despite playing less than the top-echelon offenses and some struggles in the secondary, this Eagles defense so far looks nothing like the worn-out defense of the Chip Kelly era. Week 3 will provide a Eagles with a tougher test as they host the high power offense of Ben Roethlisberger and one of the best wide outs in all of football, AB, Antonio Brown.
Funny stat of the day, 1992 was the last time both Pennsylvania NFL teams started the season at 2-0 and that was also the year Carson Wentz born.
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