It’s hard to believe a player in the NFL who is more improved from last year than Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz played admirably as a rookie. He started all 16 games and completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,782 yards 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 79.3 passer rating.
After another virtuoso performance during Monday night’s 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins, Wentz has already exceeded his touchdown total. In seven games for the 6-1 Eagles, Wentz has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,852 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions and a 104.0 passer rating. His 17 TD passes leads the NFL.
Against the Redskins Wentz completed 17 of 25 passes for 268 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 63 yards on eight carries.
The only worry about Wentz is that he has taken a lot of hits. After being sacked 33 times last season, he has already been sacked 19 this year.
That’s not an indictment on the Eagles offensive line. Wentz likes to hold the ball until the last minute and isn’t afraid to take a hit. That is what happened when he completed a 9-yard TD pass against the Redskins to Glassboro product Corey Clement.
What has been impressive about the Eagles posting the NFL’s best record is that they have been able to withstand a number of key injuries. Now the Eagles will have to test their resiliency once again.
In Monday’s game, linebacker Jordan Hicks and left tackle Jason Peters suffered season-ending injuries. These are two of the Eagles most critical players. Hicks tore his right Achilles tendon and Peters tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee.
Both were playing at a high level. Peters is a nine-time Pro Bowl player and was easily playing his way into a 10th selection. At 35, he was on top of his game. Hicks was among the defensive leaders.
If any team can withstand such injuries, it is the Eagles and the reason is the performance of Wentz. At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Wentz is both athletic and tough. He has become a major threat when scrambling.
And even though it’s only his second year, few quarterbacks hang in the pocket as well. He also has a high football IQ and a quick grasp at recognizing defenses.
As stated a few weeks ago, the Eagles would have to totally collapse not to make the playoffs. The way they are going they should be the No. 1 seed in the NFC, as long as Wentz remains healthy.
The crowd was chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP” and that is not just a product or homer. Any quarterback for the best team in the NFL certainly has a chance to win. The way he is playing, Wentz is clearly the early frontrunner.