Remember when the Cleveland Browns patted themselves on the back for passing on Carson Wentz, whom they didn’t so much as consider a top-20 quarterback?
Yeah, about that…
Carson Wentz turned in another spectacular performance in primetime in a big game.
Despite a slow start, the franchise quarterback rallied the team for two quick scores before the end of the first half. Wentz broke the Eagles out of their early funk with a beautiful 64-yard strike to rookie Mack Hollins.
After the defense pitched a quick three and out, Wentz got the ball back with just over three minutes remaining in the half, and drove the team right down the field for a score, putting the team up 17-10.
The two scoring drives before the half really swung the game in the Eagles’ favor. The Redskins had really controlled the first half, but Wentz and the Eagles took their best shot, and put it to shame by going into the half with a seven-point lead.
Wentz wasn’t done yet. Coming out of the second half, the quarterback led the team on another drive down the field, capping it off with an incredible touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement.
Wentz faced pressure from the Washington pass rush and was nearly sacked, but somehow managed to hang in there and make a big-time throw where only Clement could get it.
Wentz had some more magic in him to ice the game. With the Redskins showing a little life in the fourth quarter, the Eagles faced a third and six. Wentz dropped back, seemed doomed to take a sack, and somehow found a way to break out of the pile and run straight up the middle for a first down to extend the drive. The offense would ride the momentum down the redzone, where Wentz capped it with an effortless touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor.
Wentz is budding into the next great superstar right before our eyes. He’s performing at a level far beyond what anyone would have anticipated in year two of his career.
He’s making big plays at big moments in big games, and he’s making guys around him better. This week, 288 yards and four more touchdowns, giving him three straight games with three or more touchdown passes. Wentz also added 63 yards on eight carries, leading the team in rushing.
This guy is special.
Major Injuries Dampen Win
Unfortunately, not all of the news from Monday night’s game was good.
The Eagles suffered two key injuries to Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks.
Hicks was lost on the first series of the game to an ankle injury. It was the third time this year that Hicks has been knocked out of a game.
Peters suffered a devastating injury to his knee, and was carted off of the field. His season, and possibly his career, are finished.
It’s a heartbreaking end for Peters, who was still playing at an incredibly high level. This is a loss that the Eagles will feel as the season goes on.
- The Eagles really couldn’t get anything going on the ground tonight. LeGarrette Blount was held to just 21 yards on 14 carries, and Wendell Smallwood managed just 25 on eight touches. The offensive line just couldn’t get any push in the ground game this week. Defenders were in the backfield almost instantly.
- Zach Ertz continues to own the Redskins with five more catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
- Nelson Agholor caught four more balls for 45 yards and a touchdown. Confidence has made all the difference for the third-year receiver.
- Once again, minimal production for Alshon Jeffery, who caught just two passes for 37 yards. The team did try to get him involved, targeting him throughout the game, including several times in the redzone, but it just hasn’t clicked yet for Jeffery.
- Torrey Smith failed to register a catch.
- Mychal Kendricks sat out the game with a hamstring injury, which was a tough loss for this unit, which also lost Jordan Hicks early in the game.
- Derek Barnett had a breakout game, registering two sacks.
- Fletcher Cox picked up another sack of his own.
- Malcolm Jenkins led the team with 10 tackles, and recorded a sack.
- The Eagles continue to just be stout against the run. Rob Kelley was held to just 18 yards on the ground, and Chris Thompson picked up most of his 38 rushing yards in garbage time.
- Tight ends gave the team a lot of trouble tonight, with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis combining for 12 catches, 131 yards, and two touchdowns.
- One strange thing from tonight’s game was that Jaylen Watkins seemed to be playing ahead of rookie Rasul Douglas.
- Kenjon Barner ripped off a 22-yard return in the first half to help set up the Eagles’ first field goal.
- Jake Elliot drilled two of his three attempts, with a long of 50 yards.
The Redskins had the Eagles’ number for years. Now, those demons have been fully exercised.
Washington came out of the gates playing hard, and looked primed for a road upset, but the Eagles took their best shot, bounced back, and sent them to 3-3.
The Eagles are now 5-0 in the conference, 3-0 in the division, and own a season-sweep of the Redskins.
At 6-1, they stand alone with the best record in the league.
They’ve got two more games at home before the bye week, with a very favorable matchup against the San Francisco 49ers next weekend.