The last two weeks, on paper, looked like they would be easy victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, that was not the case. Last week against the Giants(3-11), Philadelphia trailed 17-3 at halftime and were able to come back and defeat New York 23-17 in overtime. This week against the Redskins(3-11), with the Eagles trailing late in the contest, Carson Wentz led Philadelphia on a game-winning drive to defeat Washington 37-27.
The main reason the Eagles were able to win those two games was because of Wentz. According to NBC Sports Philly’s John Clark, in the fourth quarter of the last two games, Wentz had completed 28-35 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
“He’s doing some really nice things for us,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said about Wentz on Monday. “One of the things, I might have mentioned it after the game or maybe this morning on the radio is just that he’s understanding the offense and where everybody is and spreading the ball around. Of course, our running attack has helped that. The screen game has helped that, and that just comes from me calling more of those plays for him and helping him be successful there.”
According to Pederson, Wentz is growing as a quarterback, and he is carrying the Eagles on his back.
“He’s just maturing that way, and it’s really good to see,” Pederson said. “He’s understanding the game, and it takes time. With young quarterbacks and young players in this league, it takes time, and that’s where he’s headed, and it really has been good to see the last couple weeks, especially the overtime win there with New York and then this week to really put the team on his shoulders and say, “Hey, let’s go win the game.”
Wentz has the Eagles in position to win the NFC East and make the playoffs, but for that to happen, they have to defeat the Cowboys on Sunday at home, and the Giants on the road in Week 17.
Based on how the Eagles are currently constructed, Wentz will have to continue his magical ways for Philadelphia to have success in these last two games.