On the second drive of the game, after the fumble, Wentz went right back to work and led a scoring drive.
First quarter (11:30) on a 3rd and 3 he threw a great ball to Trey Burton for a first down. Later that drive, after a 21 yard run that should have been good for an Eagles first down (Alshon Jeffery illegal block above the waist??) Wentz delivered a perfect strike to rookie Marcus Johnson on a 2nd and 6 for 16 yards.
On 3rd and 16 with 0:53 left in the 3rd quarter Wentz threw a beautiful pass down the middle of the field to Mack Hollins for 20 yards and a first down.
On the very next play he threw his best ball of the night. A 37 yard connection with Alshon Jeffery deep down the left sideline. The ball could not have been placed any better.
His touchdown passes.
He now has 7 touchdowns in his past two games.
Leading touchdown drives instead of settling for field goals was something we talked about after the Chargers game. That is a distant memory at this point.
#1. He stays in the pocket and delivers a strike to Zach Ertz.
#2. Zach Ertz 20 yards over the middle right on the money.
#3. Beats the blitz and hits Nelson Agholor in stride for a 24 yard touchdown.
Making the players around him better.
Similar to what we see in New England and Green Bay, Wentz is making the players around him better.
He has turned Nelson Agholor’s career around.
Zach Ertz is well on his way to the pro bowl.
Marcus Johnson, Mack Hollins and Trey Burton are relevant.
This is what a great QB does.
Fighting through adversity.
Wentz was blitzed 24 times Thursday night.
He was without his starting right tackle.
They were on the road.
They were down 10-3.
All of that didn’t matter.
3 touchdown passes and countless big throws later, the Eagles walked out of Carolina a winner.
Zero interceptions (1 turnover)
Yes, technically he fumbled on the first drive, but other than that he was flawless.
You would think a second year quarterback who was in the midst of getting blitzed more than any time in his entire career may make a mistake at some point.
Wentz did not.
Balls of steel.
Wentz puts it all on the line. He is not afraid to stay in the pocket and make a throw while taking a big hit. He is not afraid to put his body on the line for a first down. He is a true leader in every sense of the word.
To be continued…
Balls of steel/taking unnecessary hits!!!
Did you see Aaron Rodgers yesterday? Wentz has to stop taking big time hits.
I never want to see this kind of run again!!
First quarter (10:50) Wentz sacked. He has to recognize that corner blitz. James Bradberry came in free and tattooed him. He has to see that and get rid of the ball.
The Panthers threw everything they could at him, and while he made some big throws in the face of the blitz, he cannot take these monster hits going forward.
One missed opportunity.
An errant throw to Zach Ertz on 3rd and 7 with 2:03 left in the game. He had open receivers but elected for a tough throw to Ertz which fell incomplete and gave the ball back to the Panthers.
It would have been nice to see him finish the game off right then and there.
Carson Wentz is the NFL MVP right now.
He completely out played Cam Newton on Thursday night and put the entire NFL on notice in the process.
I believe he will only continue to get better as the year goes on and as he becomes more comfortable with his receivers.
After four of the first six games on the road, he has the Eagles all alone atop the NFC with a 5-1 record.