The throw to Jeffery to set up the opportunity for the 61 yard field goal cannot be ignored. The pass was right where it needed to be. People have started to question whether Wentz can lead a game winning drive- that was a nice start.
Scoring a TD in the Red Zone-
His loan touchdown pass can also be considered a big time throw. On a 3rd and 3 from the 3 yard line Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for the touchdown. This came 1 play after Ertz dropped a td pass, Wentz went right back to him for the score. I love the confidence.
Wentz had turned the ball over in consecutive weeks to start the season. He was flawless with the ball on Sunday. The game could have gone a lot differently had he thrown a late interception.
Having a QB that can run for first downs is something that opposing defenses cannot account for. At times he may go too overboard, but this was a type of play that you see in Madden.
Yards per attempt-
This is my biggest issue thus far. Wentz is only averaging 7.03 yards per attempt. If the Eagles want to be a dynamic offense that has to get up a bit. He's too good to be a dink and dunk type of QB. Wentz can help himself by being more accurate down the field. It's not even necessarily the 40 + yard passes, its 20-30 yards down the field that I want to see him start throwing more of and connecting on.
With 3:30 left in the second quarter, on a 1st and 10 from the NYG 45 yard line (the 4th and 8 drive) Wentz missed an open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline.
If he had connected it would have been a touchdown. If it were a touchdown, we wouldn't have to be dealing with a 4th and 8 discussion!
This goes hand in hand with the yards per attempt issue. He has to get better at throws down the field to be considered one of the leagues best.
This is something stood out to me on Sunday- throwing to the sticks on third down/ make throws to extend drives when you are on your opponents side of the 50.
Here are a few examples -
2nd quarter, 2:43 left, 3rd and 8- short pass (NYG 43) incomplete intended for Zach Ertz (4th and 8 followed this).
3rd quarter 9:54 left, 3rd down and 6 (NYG 35) - pass complete to Torrey Smith for 1 yard (wide receiver screen.)- led to a missed Field Goal.
3rd quarter 7:06 left, 3rd and 10 (Own 45) - short pass complete to Zach Ertz for 9 yards. They went for it on 4th down and got it.
4th quarter, .51 seconds left, 3rd and 7 (NYG 28) - short pass incomplete intended for Alshon Jeffery. Led to the game tying field goal.
Yes this might be nitpicking, but it was noticeable on Sunday. It could be the play calling, it could be on Wentz, or it could be a combination of both. Either way it would be nice to see more throws made to extend drives that eventually lead to touchdowns instead of stalling and settling for field goals or having to decide whether to go for it on 4th down.
I think Wentz was OK on Sunday. He isn't going to throw for 300 yards every week especially when you run the ball 39 times. He made some big throws and did what was asked of him. But there were some missed opportunities and his yards per attempt is a stat that needs to be improved. Overall it wasn't a bad performance, but had he made one or two more throws it would have went from OK to spectacular. Stats aside, he did lead the team to a BIG win.