Carson Wentz keeps lifting Eagles past injuries and to top of Night net

2021年10月21日 by 没有评论

Night net null null null null Eagles fans are entitled to be nervous about what they’re seeing so far. After handling Washington 34-24 on Monday night, their team has the best record in the Night net at 6-1. Carson Wentz is no longer a little ahead of schedule, he’s way ahead of schedule.But … he has played his last two games without one of his bookend tackles — Lane Johnson for all of last week’s win over the Panthers, and Jason Peters for essentially the entire second half Monday. That can’t be good, can it? Especially if Peters is out for a long time, which looked like the case when he was carted off the field? It may not matter. That’s how dangerous Wentz is.Less than halfway through his second season, the guy the Eagles traded up to get so they could build around him is the centerpiece of a real contender. He’s making something out of nothing every week now, and what he’s making is special. MARVEZ: Johnson returns to Eagles trying to reshape Night net legacySix weeks after authoring what seemed like his signature play, against the same team — the legs, instincts and resilience to escape danger — Wentz pulled off a third-quarter play to surpass that, eluding traffic just long enough, leaping while getting hit, and squeezing off a pass to Corey Clement on the edge of the end zone that would’ve been tough to complete under semi-normal conditions.All the Randall Cunningham/Donovan McNabb/Michael Vick comparisons were dusted off, deservedly so. And one quarter later, they all got replaced.This time, he didn’t throw, just ran. But a tiny percentage of players ever — the aforementioned Eagles predecessors, maybe Steve Young, maybe Roger Staubach — could have been expected to get away from all the pass rushers around him and take off for 17 yards.MORE: Washington vs. Philly, as it happenedHe flipped the field, re-energized his team after the defense gave up a touchdown that cut the team's lead to a touchdown, and made the ensuing touchdown seem inevitable.Without Peters, the Birds' anchor on the line, the blind-side protector and perennial Pro Bowler, Wentz might expect to be in these predicaments a lot. Apparently, it’s not going to matter. A moment that was so emotional for the Eagles players that many left the sideline to support and console him on the cart, did not break them.Wentz didn’t even wobble.MORE: Three takeaways from Eagles' winHe finished with four touchdown passes, for the second time in three games. Over his last three, he has 11 touchdowns and two interceptions (including Monday’s heave to midfield from his end zone on second-and-31 after a penalty-filled first possession). His 63 yards rushing Monday were a season high and led the Eagles.Philly's only loss this season was to the Night net’s last undefeated team, the Chiefs, in Kansas City. That’s its lone loss in four early road games as well.So how does the NFC East knock him off balance? Good question. Washington (who they’ve swept) and Dallas are disappearing in the Eagles’ rear view, and one will nudge the other back when they face each other at FedEx Field next Sunday. The Eagles get the winless 49ers at home next. Their schedule gets appreciably harder after that, with the Cowboys twice, the Br

oncos, Seahawks and Rams in the next month and a half.The Eagles are giving the Night net more reasons every week to believe them. But even when there’s reason not to, Wentz changes minds.