Carson Wentz will have had his issues in Philadelphia right through his remaining season as an Eagle in 2020, however the No. 2 total select within the 2016 NFL Draft continues to be an excessively viable, proficient quarterback and his former workforce will see that this Sunday when the Eagles face the Washington Commanders at 1 p.m. at FedEx Box.
Wentz is No. 2 within the NFL in passing (650 yards) in the back of Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa (740) and 0.33 total in general yards (685) in the back of Tagovailoa (740) and Jalen Hurts (723) over two video games.
On Monday towards Minnesota’s passive shell protection that dared him to throw, Hurts turned into the primary participant in NFL historical past to throw for over 300 yards (333) with a crowning glory share above 80% (83.9%) and ranking two dashing touchdowns in the similar recreation.
Whilst Hurts continues to construct an MVP 12 months, Wentz has quietly had good fortune of his personal. The Eagles lead the NFL in offense, averaging 470.5 yards a recreation, 2d in dashing (189.5 yards/recreation, in the back of Cleveland’s 200.5), first in reasonable yards-per-catch (9.1) and, extra importantly, 2d in third-down potency (changing 17/30 for 56.7%, in the back of league-leading Buffalo’s 14/23 for 60.9%), Washington—below Wentz—has executed smartly in essential spaces, too.
The Commanders are 0.33 within the league in third-down potency, and Wentz and the Commanders were highest within the purple zone this season, changing all 5 in their purple zone alternatives. Wentz’s very best down has come on 0.33 down, the place he’s finished 17 of 21, for 212 yards and a 148.3 quarterback ranking.
Although Wentz has at all times had a penchant to combat at positive issues in video games. He’s a pacesetter. When issues are going smartly, he performs smartly. Within the Commanders’ 36-27 loss at Detroit, Washington punted on 5 in their six first-half possessions, with the opposite power leading to a security. He’s just right at taking part in from in the back of or taking part in with a large lead. He’ll make errors. Washington has a possibility, provided that the Eagles flip the ball over.
In opposition to Detroit, Washington left take on Charles Leno and proper take on Sam Cosmi had their fingers complete with Lions’ first-round select Aidan Hutchinson, who had 3 sacks and 3 hurries. Wentz was once below a large number of power. That would be the Eagles’ plan: Power Wentz to play sooner and that can drive his mechanics to go to pot.
Wentz would like handy his former workforce their first lack of the season.
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter based totally within the Philadelphia house who has written options for SI.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com, MLB.com, Deadspin and The Philadelphia Day-to-day Information. In 2006, he was once nominated for an Emmy Award for a different challenge piece for ESPN.com referred to as “Love at First Beep.” He’s maximum famous for his award-winning ESPN.com characteristic on highschool wrestler A.J. Detwiler in February 2006, and his breaking tale on Carson Wentz for PhillyVoice on January 21, 2019. In 2015, he was once elected president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of The usa.