NFC East: Commanders to start QB Carson Wentz in Week 17
With their backs against the wall and their playoff hopes slowly dwindling away, the Washington Commanders will turn to our old friend Carson Wentz in Week 17 against Cleveland.
After suffering a broken finger on his throwing hand back in October, Wentz was promptly placed on injured reserve. Taylor Heinicke started in his place and amassed a 5-1 record during his first six starts, including giving the Eagles their first loss of the season in Week 10.
Over the past three weeks, Heinicke’s play has dipped and he’s posted a 0-2-1 record during that time. At 7-7-1 and their postseason lives on the line, Wentz will be the man under center.
The Commanders are willing to try anything at this point
At this point in his career, Wentz isn’t much better than Heinicke. Washington is just looking for any kind of spark they can find right now.
All Washington has to do to secure a playoff spot is win their final two games against Cleveland and Dallas. That would give them a 9-7-1 record, making it impossible for some of the teams in the hunt (Detroit, Seattle, Green Bay) to surpass them in the standings.
Wentz started the first six games for the Commanders this season, posting a 2-4 record while accumulating 10 touchdowns to six interceptions and recording an 84.1 passer rating.
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