The Eagles have their franchise quarterback. His name is Carson Wentz.
It was yet another frustrating loss for the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Much like the week before against the Steelers, the birds were up against one of the premiere teams in the AFC while at times, missing all but two starters on the offensive side of the football.
There are many things you can takeaway from the loss on Sunday. One thing stood out above everything else. There is absolutely no quit in Carson Wentz.
Heading into halftime down 17-0 against a very good Baltimore Ravens team had many Eagles fans thinking that this game was over. However, Carson Wentz showed that he is the franchise quarterback everyone hoped he would be and led a comeback that fell just a 2-point conversion short of being an all-time classic.
Even with a depleted offensive line, and injuries to Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders, the Eagles were able to ride Carson Wentz throughout the second half. All game Wentz was getting pressured and hardly had time to get the ball out. I didn’t have my stopwatch out, but it seemed like he only had three seconds to get rid of the ball every snap. This was mainly due to new signing Jamon Brown getting killed by the Ravens defensive line all game.
At one point, Brown literally looked like he was assisting in a sack rather than helping protect his quarterback.
The Ravens had six sacks yesterday along with more than a handful of QB hits and pressures. On the season, Wentz has been sacked 25 times, which is the most in the NFL. He’s on pace to be sacked 66 times, which would be the fourth most in NFL history.
With all of the pressure Wentz was facing, he still managed to put up 28 points in the second half against one of the best defenses in the league. This is all with rookie and bench players surrounding him. Just look at this picture of the current depth chart he had in the fourth quarter.
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This time around, the Eagles had a number one wide receiver in Travis Fulgham. Fulgham was quiet the first half, but in the second, he made a name for himself once again. He has become Wentz’s favorite target since joining the team’s active roster 3 weeks ago. In the second half, Fulgham caught 4 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. It’s safe to say that he isn’t a fluke.
The Eagles scored a touchdown on four out of the six drives they had in the second half and had 22 points in the fourth quarter alone. Wentz continues to show that he is a clutch quarterback.
Wentz even threw a touchdown to a guy that we never heard of before. Tight end Jason Croom was on the field for one snap and caught a big touchdown pass. Almost everyone thought the same thing Smitty from Barstool did after this play. Wentz continues to complete big throws to “no-name” players.
If Doug calls a better two point conversion, it’s likely that this game would’ve gone to overtime, with all of the momentum going the Eagles way. No matter the circumstances, Wentz will fight to the very end, this is the definition of a franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz is back, and he’s ready to turn things around starting this Thursday vs the New York Giants.
Mandatory Credit: Yahoo Sports