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Carson Wentz Leads Eagles To Dominating Victory Over Cardinals

The franchise quarterback was shining bright on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a convincing 34-7 thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals, completing 21 of 30 passes for 304 yards, and a career-high four touchdowns.

Wentz was brilliant. His throws were on the money most of the day, and continued to show improvement on his deep ball, connecting with Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor for 59 and 72-yard touchdown bombs.

The best part of Wentz’s game? Third down efficiency.

The offense went 9/14 in third down situations today, good for a 64% conversion rate. The Cardinals, who have a pretty strong secondary, had no answers for Wentz and the Eagles’ offensive attack.

Wentz was 10 of 11 for 207 yards three touchdowns during the first three quarters today. For the year, he has a 138.3 rating on third downs. Those are elite numbers right there. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers today.

Defense Locks Down Arizona Offense

All phases of the Eagles’ game were working at full efficiency today.

The defense kept Carson Palmer and the Arizona offense in check throughout the entire game, giving up just seven points.

The Cardinals have no running game to speak of, and the Eagles didn’t let them pick up any momentum today, giving up just 33 yards on 14 carries.

The secondary held up great against Palmer as well. Infamous Eagle-killer Larry Fitzgerald was held to just six catches for 51 yards, most of which came during garbage time, and Palmer’s other speedy deep threats didn’t accomplish much either.

Truth be told, Palmer could have easily thrown two or three interceptions today. Patrick Robinson and Jalen Mills were in position to make plays multiple times, but just couldn’t come down with the ball.

Quick Thoughts

Offense

  • Lane Johnson left the game with a head injury, leading to Halapoulivaati Vaitai taking over for most of the second half. Vaitai held up well, but the potential loss of Johnson for Thursday night would be a big one.
  • Once again, Stefen Wisniewski and Chance Warmack rotated at the guard spots, with Wisniewksi yet again outplaying Warmack. Warmack was flagged for a holding penalty that wiped out a run for a first-down in the second half.
  • Jason Kelce had another strong game today. He’s played exceptionally well over the last three weeks.
  • LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing once again, picking up 74 yards on 14 carries for a healthy 5.3 average. Blount was used sparingly in the first half, but Doug Pederson turned the reins over to him to close the game out in the second half.
  • Blount is currently on pace to come close to a 1,000-yard season. Not bad for a stop-gap guy, eh?
  • Wendell Smallwood was inactive for this week’s game with a knee injury, giving Kenjon Barner a chance for some reps on offense. Barner picked up 23 yards on five carries.
  • Breakout Year Update: Zach Ertz contributed another six grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown.
  • Alshon Jeffrey caught two passes for 21 yards on the first drive, and wasn’t heard from again until an 11-yard catch in garbage time. Disappointing that the team hasn’t been able to get him regularly involved in the offense yet, but those games will come.
  • Nice to see Trey Burton get his number called on the game’s first touchdown. The Eagles have a lot of unexplored possibilities at the skill positions between guys like Burton, Mack Hollins, and Marcus Johnson. It’s nice to see Pederson get some of these guys into the mix. Johnson actually caught a pass on third down and converted it for the first as well.

Defense

  • Vinny Curry finally got to the quarterback! Curry picked up a sack, the only other came from Brandon Graham.
  • The one unsung hero of this defense through five weeks has really been Patrick Robinson. The move to the slot role has done wonders for his confidence. This is a much different player than the one that was getting toasted every day in training camp this summer.
  • Credit the whole secondary for not letting the Cardinals come up with any big plays down the field when the game mattered. Rasul Douglas and Jalen Mills have really battled hard and held up well since Ronald Darby went down.
  • Tim Jernigan has really stepped up in the absence of Fletcher Cox. He was a force against the run today. You can’t wait to see Cox get healthy to get those two back together in the middle of the defense again.
  • Quiet game for Mychal Kendricks. I don’t like that Schwartz continues to limit his snaps, but its a moot point given how well the defense performed today.

Special Teams

  • Kenjon Barner made a big impact today in the return game, breaking a 76-yard return to set up the Eagles’ second touchdown. With Barner, you get the sense that he’s a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. Hard to believe he was still available two weeks ago.

Final Thoughts

A 4-1 start.

Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys imploded against the Green Bay Packers, and the New York Giants sank to a bitter 0-5 and lost Odell Beckham in the process.

The Eagles are in sole possession of first place, and their lead is growing.

When you look at this Eagles team, there aren’t a lot of apparent weaknesses. The offense has been efficient, and is still far from a finished product. The defense, even in the secondary, has been more than serviceable as well.

There’s a lot of credit to go around right now.

Credit Howie Roseman for the moves he’s made. Torrey Smith, LeGarrette Blount, Patrick Robinson, Kenjon Barner, all guys Howie pulled off of the league’s scrap heap that have become key players.

Credit Doug Pederson for calling a great game, and having these guys ready to play each week.

Credit the players for buying-in and executing.

The team is very much trending upwards, only needing three more wins to match their entire total from last season. Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers is a great test for this team, and how far they’ve come.

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30 Comments for “Thoughts From Eagles-Cardinals”

  1. Djax once did the Nestea Plunge into the endzone and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, with the new rules Agholor was able to do the same fall into endzone flag free for 6 pts.

  2. I understand the main reason for the 4-1 record is attributed to the entire organization, however,im starting to see this squads transformation, as it has taken on the personality of its leadership. Wentzilla is now playing with a maturity that belies his 21 st professional start..kudos to his coach.All 3 phases of the team are playing at a very high level..Gone are the mindless penalties and missed assignments..i know we are accused of being negadelphia…well posidelphia has held us all captive..never been more content ..

  3. We have a solid , yet imperfect team. The next man up, young secondary is impressive…, the OL much to the chagrin of the negative nitwits is a strength. Wentz is as advertised…. yet again, I put myself in the owner of the browns seat and wonder how a weekly meeting with my G.m and coach staff would be after they conspired to rape the eagles (who according to you guys mortgaged the future) … I think I’d fire a few folks

  4. The Eagles are clearly an ascending team with their second year HC and QB. All 3 phases of the team played well today and the play calling by both OC/HC and DC was very good. The players executed the plays.
    Wentz put on an elite performance today, his first 4 TD day of his young career. Happy Howie mortgaged the future for him (lol).
    Nice to see Torey Smith catch the deep ball and run it in for a TD.
    Nelson Agholor, that’s what a first round WR looks like, awesome catch and TD run.
    LeGarette Blount continues to impress
    O line is looking dominant
    D Line is looking dominant in run defense and pass defense.
    ST’s continues to shine. Kenjon Barner is a welcome addition..great run back today.
    I love this team!

  5. Zero… remember a week ago you whine that the 3-1 eagles were squeaking by because of their stupid point differential… I pointed out how stupid you were… remember that? Well I believe they are top 3 in point differential now…hilarious

  6. Funny how most eagles fans didn’t have us winning the Divison, and were all sleeping on the personell that animal Howie made over the past 2 seasons. Not all eagles fans, but most.

    Most also had either giants or cowboys winning the east just because they signed a 34 year old FA Wr and had no oline and run game Lol!

    Beau Allen is slept on freak! remember he missed slot of time and preseason with pectoral injury during a lift session.

    Jernigan needs to get paid this offseason. Build this team thru the Dline
    It’s unreal how Patrick Robinson has revived his career after not showing much in camp and preseason to the fans and coaches.

    Still early. But we are finding Ways to win without even using our 2017 draft class, and best players in darby, cox, Sproles, McLeod etc and other depth players! Wait till get Darby and Sidney Jones in that secondary. We need that speed to shut down some of these big plays. Glad to hear BIg V played well.

    Is Donnell out for the year?

  7. Like I said all Kenyon Barner does is make plays. Seth Joyner said after the game for the life of him he never understood why Barner was let go all he ever did was make plays. Hes better than Pumphrey, Smallwood and Clement.

  8. Excellent game plan by Doug yesterday! Stay away from Arizona’s strength (Patrick pederson or whatever his name is…). Don’t even look Alshons way. Go to TE and wr 2 and 3. Pound the rock… this team rolling, I was scared of the cards for sure as I wasn’t sure wentz was reAdy to smash a great D.

    Major test passed

    The curse of paulman has been lifted

    We looking mad good , who better than us in the nfc? Falcons scare me in Atlanta but that’s it

    Rip giants 2017-2018

  9. Eliot Shorr-Parks‏Verified account @EliotShorrParks 14h14 hours ago

    Wentz on 3rd down: 11-of-12 for 225 yds, 3 TDs, 9 first downs and 158.3 passer rating (all single-game bests by an NFL QB in 2017) #Eagles

    • Wentz is a middling QB…Blake Bortles, Ryan Tannehill….lol….fools!

      Wentz, the only QB in Eagles history to score 3 TD’s on the first 3 possessions of any game.
      Prior to game yesterday, Eagles had converted 50% of 3rd downs in 3 of first 4 games of season for the first time in 25 years.
      2nd in NFL in 3rd downs – 50.9%

      NFL’s top QBs in 3rd & 4th down conversion percentage this season:
      1 Wentz (54.0%)
      2. Rodgers 49.1%)
      3. Bradt (47.9%)
      4. Newton (47.5%)

      That’s elite company.

  10. We all gotta realize how rare it is when a team plays hard for it’s coach every single week. They love their HC and D.C. Schwartz and Pederson have these boys ready every single week.

    They respect and believe in this qb and staff. That’s very rare around the NFL. It helps because he was a ex player and knows that locker room.

    Schwartz demands his respect and his success in the past says it all.

    I really hope he stays. He’s he HC of the defense and he’s in Philadelphia. Jim Schwartz fits Philadelphia. His demeanor, personality etc and style of football. I pray he stays and is our jim Johnson with our andy Reid clone.

    Perfect situation for him. I know he wants to be a HC. But hopefully he thinks about staying long term

    • i love how this teams offense looks different every single week! ive been waiting for decades for a coach that can mix it up week to week.

      • I call BS on the “mixing it up thing”– they dropped back to pass 23 times in the first half while getting the lead- while running it 9 times– those numbers were pretty much reversed in the second– this is typical AR– pass to get the lead run to hold it- as I mentioned the imbalance in the KC game was a direct result of situation, opponent and quite frankly everyones darling Seaumolo…

        • call BS all u want. i have eyes. game plan is different week to week. when i say gameplan im not saying run/pass ratio… thats irrelevant. what is relevant is how theyre running and who theyre running and when and how they passing, who they throwing to and how…

          • in that case you are correct— however, I think DP has been very very consistent– he has a drastically better QB and talent than he did last year– LJ’s suspension was a killer — I really think DP has a feel for the game- I think he gets great input from his offensive coaches and they are on the same page- my guess is that as a play is called officially all the coaches could have guessed what the call was before it was made.– one thing about AR’s teams they seemed to always be ready to play– exception dream team- I think DP has that same trait.
            I also wonder if the very good depth they are demonstrating isn’t in large part to Douglas in the FO and his impact on getting the next level player– dunno but they have shown excellent depth.

            • u right there. was easier to look like a good coach when you got:

              your franchise qb going from 0 trust in WR to studs catching the ball and making plays everywhere. plus many valuable lessons learned last year especially as it relates to winning tight games…

              assholor turning into agholor

              ertz just dominating the nfl. and building chemistry with wentz. this combo as deadly and reliable as any in the nfl. may be the most dominant

              alshon replaces j matt

              torrey replaces dgb

              and lane being back.

  11. Miami Dolphis O Line coach Chris Foerster re-signs after being caught on video sniffing white powder “cocaine” through a $20 bill.

    How stupid can you be????

  12. Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed RT Lane Johnson is in the concussion protocol.
    Johnson suffered the injury Week 5 against the Cardinals. With the Eagles playing on Thursday night, it is highly unlikely Johnson will be ready to face the Panthers this week. Halapoulivaati Vaitai will likely get the start with Johnson sidelined.
    Source: Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
    Oct 9 – 12:07 PM

    NOT GOOD

    • Let’s get Big V some more reps!! He looked good apparently I would have to go back and look at the game.

      Gonna be interesting to see if we keep peters after this season.

      Sproles is gone which is gonna save $

      How do we resign guys like AJ, Timmy Jernigan, Beau Allen, Jordan hicks, etc

  13. We have the bear jew he’ll get Em signed……i hope at least Cox plays…..carolina have washed up Charles and situational rusher addison starting at de big v should be fine

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