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The Wentz Report

Stats: 21/30, 286 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 119.6 QB rating.

The bad:

Rough start/ turnovers 

On the first drive Wentz looked locked in. He converted two third downs, one pass to himself for 4 yards, and then one of his best throws of the game to Jordan Matthews for 31 yards. However, on the very next play he was sacked and fumbled.

Fumbling has been an issue for Wentz. He now has 30 fumbles in 35 career games.

 

On the very next drive, the Eagles were again on the move until Wentz was picked off in the end zone by Jalen Ramsey.

 

A very uncharacteristic throw by Wentz. He had Wendell Smallwood wide open on the left side of the end zone, but forced a throw toward the middle of the field to Joshua Perkins.

Back-to-back turnovers is a rough way to start a game.

Fortunately that was it for the turnovers. He got away with one at the 12:09 mark in the second quarter. As pass intended for Zach Ertz should have been intercepted.

It was a roller coaster start for Wentz who showed flashes of brilliance, but also had moments that left us saying “WTF are you doing.”

Taking a bad sack

With 8:36 left in the 2nd quarter, Wentz took a bad sack on a 2nd down from the Jacksonville 6. The sack resulted in a 7 yard loss and set up a 3rd and 13.

Taking a sack is obviously better than forcing a throw that could have resulted in a turnover. I also understand that the offensive line was patched together, but taking a sack on the 6 yard line is brutal.

The Eagles would have to settle for a field goal.

The Good :

2 minute drill

The Eagles got the ball back with 1:40 left in the first half after a Keelan Cole fumble.

Wentz then went to work.

On 3rd and 11 he turned nothing into something by picking up 13 yards on the ground. Then after a timeout, Wentz made a throw that not many quarterbacks can make….

 

This kind of throw is what makes Wentz so damn special.

 

First drive of the second half 

Wentz was 5/6 for 71 yards and a TD on the drive.

3rd and 9- 12 yards to Alshon Jeffery (dime)

3rd and 2- 13 yards to Jordan Matthews (dime)

Capped off by a fantastic play call and perfect execution….

 

Elevating the talent around him 

Last week this was negative, but this week Wentz was able to elevate the mediocre talent around him.

He connected with 8 different receivers (9 if you include himself) and made Jordan Matthews look it was 2015, hooking up with his BFF 4 times for 93 yards.

I mentioned this throw earlier, but this was just amazing…

 

Attacking a weakness 

Last week Wentz exploited the Panthers inability to cover the tight end, and this week he took advantage of the Jaguars inability to cover the slot receiver.

Wentz abused the Jags down the middle of the field, utilizing his slot receivers 7 times for 142 yards.

Finishing off the game 

After a Josh Lambo field goal made the score 17-15, Wentz did what he was unable to do a week ago, put the team on his back and add to the lead.

This was beautiful drive.

On first down he threw a dart to Jordan Matthews in-stride for 36 yards.

 

And then capped it off with a 5 yard TD to Zach Ertz…

 

On the Eagles next possession, he hooked up with Jordan Matthews again for 13 yards on 2nd and 10 with 3:32 left in the game, moving the chains and essentially icing the game.

 

Final thoughts 

This was a hell of a performance vs one of the best defenses in the league.

He exploited the Jaguars where they were vulnerable and elevated the talent around him in the process. He showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game, and put the team on his back when it mattered most.

 

If you take away the results of the first two drives, this would have been a perfect performance. The problem with Wentz is that we have set the bar to such a high level to where we expect perfection on every throw.

Hell, even when he does throw an interception he makes the tackle…

Fumbling is a concern, but again, nobody is perfect.

All in all, Wentz was fantastic yet again in week 8.

 

Grade: B +

For comparison: Through week 8 

Carson Wentz: (6 games)

159/225 (70.7 completion %) 1,788 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs, 109.6 QB rating.

Dak Prescott: (7 games) 

128/206 (62.1 completion %) 1,417 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs, 87.4 QB rating.

Aaron Rodgers: (7 games) 

174/284 (61.1 completion %) 2,283 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT, 100.4 QB rating.

2002 (year 3) Tom Brady: (7 games) 

185/290 ( 63.7 completion %) 1,785 yards, 15 TDs, 9 INTs, 85.7 final QB rating.

 

-The 2002 Patriots were 3-4 after week 8

-Reminder: in two weeks we get Wentz vs Dak in Philly on Sunday Night Football!!

 

Updated league ranks:

Yards: 20th (1,788)  up from 21st

Yards-per-game: 8th (298) up from 10th

Yard-per-attempt: 11th (7.95) up from 12th

TDs: Tied for 15th (13) up from 18th

Completion %: 5th (70.7) down from 3rd

QB rating: 8th (109.6) down from 7th

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