Carson Wentz leads the Philadelphia Eagles to 6-1
Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 6-1 record and a big win over the division rival Washington Redskins on Monday Night. The final score was 34-24 when the clock finally hit zeros, and all of the NFL knew that the Eagles’ QB was on the cusp of elite-level status.
After an interception on their opening drive, the Eagles protected the football. After a rough first quarter, Wentz found a rhythm and never looked back.
It wasn’t all good news for the Eagles, however.
Starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was carted off the field in the first quarter. Hicks was questionable all week due to an ankle injury, and his night would end early. After a Tuesday MRI, it was revealed he tore his Achilles tendon.
A more alarming injury came on the Eagles’ first drive of the second half when starting LT Jason Peters was carted off in an air cast. Peters joins a long list of Philadelphia Eagles who are looking at long-term injuries. The list includes RB Darren Sproles, RB DJ Pumphrey, LB Mychal Kendricks and DB Ronald Darby. Peters has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL and his season is over. All NFL teams deal with injuries at this point of the season, but the amount of talent on the Philadelphia Eagles’ injury list is alarming.
After four straight offensive penalties on their opening drive, the Eagles’ offense looked lost. Then, in the second quarter down 10-3, Carson Wentz dropped a perfect ball into WR Mack Hollins’ hands, catching it in stride, he waltzed into the endzone to tie the game.
After another Wentz touchdown pass — this time to Zach Ertz right before the end of the first half — the Eagles took the opening drive of the second half down to score on yet another Carson Wentz TD pass.
Washington got to within 24-17 and forced the Philly’s offense into a crucial third down mid-way through the third quarter, then Carson went all Harry Houdini on us. “Tackled” by three Redskins, it looked like a sack was inevitable, then the former North Dakota State QB exploded from the pile. He picked up the first down and all the spectators proceeded to pick their jaws from the floor. I am not being dramatic when I say that it may have been the most impressive pocket escape since Michael Vick in his prime. After that now infamous escape, the Eagles had momentum and never looked back. The game ended and the NFL’s best team (6-1) had put the rest of the league on notice.
With Aaron Rodgers out for the season, the Philadelphia Eagles are the early season favorites to win the NFC. Coupled with the third easiest remaining schedule, the Eagles seem destined to win at least 10 games and make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Next up for Philadelphia is winless San Francisco. Despite the 0-7 record, the 49ers have been in every game minus last week against Dallas. First-year head coach Kyle Shanahan has a young team without a franchise QB. Most NFL teams will respond to an ass-kicking, like the 40-10 loss to the Cowboys, with a fire that can carry a team to a win the following week. That being said, it would be hard to think of a way that this San Fransisco team can beat the hottest team in the NFL.
Overall, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in an enviable position. The injuries will keep this team from getting too excited, but after a 6-1 start and having a QB like Carson Wentz running the offense, it seems that the Eagles may be thinking big…
February 4 big.