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Love him or hate him, Carson Wentz was once heralded as the face of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise.
During his five-year tenure in Philly, Wentz compiled a 35-32-1 record while throwing for over 16,000 yards and totaling 113 passing touchdowns to 50 interceptions. His high point was in 2017, when the second-year signal caller broke the Eagles’ single-season passing TD record in 13 starts en route to an MVP caliber campaign. Of course, Wentz tore his ACL during a Week 13 matchup with Los Angeles and never reached those heights again.
Fast forward six years from the night Howie Roseman selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the quarterback is now on his third team in three years. His fall from grace has been well documented, with many believing he’s on his final legs as a starting quarterback in this league.
As soon as Wentz was dealt to Washington this offseason, the first Commanders-Eagles matchup of the season immediately became much watch television. Wentz himself realizes that, as he faced numerous questions about his time in Philly during his Wednesday press conference.
Carson Wentz on his time with the Eagles:
“It was a lot of fun,” Carson Wentz said when discussing his time in Philly. “We had a lot of success there. Winning the Super Bowl was really special. It’s quite the city, quite the fanbase, quite the experience, and I definitely cherish my time there.”
Wentz had nothing but good things to say about his time in Philadelphia.
At the end of the day, a lot of things went wrong towards the end of the Carson Wentz era in Philly. He may have been the catalyst for the Eagles post-Super Bowl collapse, but he certainly wasn’t the only person at fault.
“There are a lot of really good memories from my time there,” Wentz continued. “I’m not going to lie. I met a lot of great friends and had a lot of great relationships that I made. I definitely will have some mixed emotions about those things, but nothing crazy jumps out other than my time there. It was a whirlwind, and it was wild. This NFL is a whirlwind, but I’m grateful to still be playing, and I’m excited for this one.“
With the Eagles new QB, Jalen Hurts, already climbing up the MVP odds two weeks into the season, you’d be hard pressed to find any Philly fans longing for the Carson Wentz era again.
From his days as an Eagle, Wentz knows damn well how rabid Eagles fans can get. He’s also not oblivious to the possibility of a green takeover in the FedEx Field stands this upcoming Sunday.
“We’ll find out,” Carson Wentz said when asked about Eagles fans potentially outnumbering Commanders fans on Sunday. “It is exciting playing at home here. It was fun being at home here at FedEx for Week 1. I’m sure the Eagles fans will travel well like they always do. Hopefully, we’re still dominating the stands there. Either way, it’ll be fun.”
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Philly has opened up as 6.5-point favorites for their matchup in Washington, per DraftKings Sportsbook.
Sitting at 1-1, Washington could climb right back into NFC East contention with an upset on Sunday. The Eagles, on the other hand, will look to keep their hot streak going and gain an early lead on their divisional opponent.
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