For the second week in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles come away victorious in a key division game to keep playoff hopes alive. Here are some key takeaways.
1) Carson Wentz is clutch
One narrative going into this season was that “Carson Wentz isn’t clutch.” Two weeks in a row, Wentz has proved that narrative wrong. Wentz led the offense down the field with an 11 play, 75 yard drive lasting almost the final five minutes in the 4th quarter. He capped off the drive with a beautiful back corner pass to recently promoted wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. In the 4th quarter, Wentz was 11-11 for 89 yards, 2 TDs.
Throughout the game, Wentz was wheeling and dealing, including this incredible touchdown pass to rookie RB Miles Sanders. This arguably could be Wentz’s best throw of his career.
Even with all of the positive takeaways you can have with Wentz, he still has one major reoccurring issue. Fumbling the ball has been a huge issue for him this year and has cost the Eagles some potential points this season. He has 45 fumbles in 54 games. This is something he needs to work on and will hopefully be a major focus this offseason.
Wentz’s final stats: 30/43 (69%), 266 yards, 3 TDs, 109.3 Rating
2) Miles Sanders is going to be special
Rookie running back Miles Sanders had his best game of his rookie season. Rushing for 122 yards and a score on 19 attempts, Sanders dominated on the ground. Sanders didn’t just dominate on the ground, he was also very effective in the passing game. He caught six passes for 50 yards and also had a receiving TD. Sanders broke the record for the most scrimmage yards in a season as a rookie. Sanders will be very fun to watch develop into a special player for the Eagles’ offense for years to come.
Miles Sanders now with 63 scrimmage yards today and 1,011 this year. That breaks the Eagles rookie record of 1,008 scrimmage yards in a season by a rookie set in 2008 by DeSean Jackson.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) December 15, 2019
3) Players continue to make plays for Carson Wentz
After what has been a very frustrating season of drops and non playmakers so far, players have finally started to step up and make plays. Dallas Goedert made one of the best catches for the Eagles all season.
Greg Ward Jr. and Boston Scott followed up their good performance from last week against the Giants. Ward caught the game-winning TD pass. He finished with seven catches for 61 yards and 1 TD. On the final drive, Ward caught four passes for 40 yards. Being on the practice squad earlier this season really makes you question the front office. Ward has brought a spark to the offense and has been a big reason why the Eagles still have playoff hopes. Another somewhat recently promoted player, Boston Scott had a big role in this game. Scott ran for 26 yards on six carries and caught seven passes for 29 yards. These are both players who weren’t even seeing the field earlier in the season. The Eagles will need to have these two continue to step up if the Eagles want a shot at beating Dallas this week.
4) The defense is still very concerning
The Philadelphia Eagles defense has continued its theme of being inconsistent. The defense has managed to make bad quarterbacks look like Hall of Famers. Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles. The defensive line failed to consistently get to Haskins or stop a 34 year old Adrian Peterson. Peterson ran for 66 yards on 16 carries, including 1 TD. Giving up 27 points to the Washington Redskins’ offense is unacceptable. The defense did play better in the second half, but next week they have to be better with Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliot coming into Philly. If things don’t get better, I’d expect to see a new defensive coordinator next season.
5) “Week 16 will be Carson Wentz’s biggest game of his career”
As the great Eliot Shorr-Parks would say, this will be Carson Wentz’s biggest game of his career. At home with the NFC East on the line, Wentz will need to continue this level of play. The Eagles might get some starters back this week. Jordan Howard, Lane Johnson, and Nelson Agholor are definitely eyeing this week up to return to the field. It doesn’t get any better than this: Eagles vs. Cowboys in Philly for the NFC East title. This will be a fun week ahead, and I can’t wait for Sunday.