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Carson Wentz Throws Three More TDs, But Does Something Equally As Impressive In Win

Posted Nov 26, 2017

Just another routine day at the office for quarterback Carson Wentz.

Against a top-15 passing defense in the Chicago Bears, Wentz finished the afternoon 23-of-36 for 227 yards and three touchdowns (all in the first half). He operated with precision, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. His top target, tight end Zach Ertz, became the first Eagle receiver with over 100 yards on the season.

While he didn’t air the ball out often Sunday – his longest pass was 22 yards – he was elite converting in the red zone. Wentz scored all three of his touchdowns from inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and was effective on third- and fourth-down situations.

“It’s one of those things where every week we just come in ready to work. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is or what their record is. It never really matters," Wentz said. "It’s just like we’re going to win each day and get better each day. Then we just try to come out and enjoy it on gameday. We’re playing with a lot of momentum, a lot of energy, and a lot of swagger out there. The defense is playing unbelievable. We feed off of that, and they feed off of us. So it’s a lot of fun right now.”

Up to this point in the season, Wentz leads the league with 28 touchdowns while joining quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Sonny Jurgensen as the only Eagles to throw two or more touchdowns in seven consecutive games. In addition, Wentz has taken care of the ball as well having not thrown an interception in three consecutive games which ties a career high. His five interceptions this season are tied for fifth-fewest among quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts.

“You kind of hope and sort of pray and wish that you could do some of the things that we’ve done. But you know, again, this is just Carson being Carson,” head coach Doug Pederson said, heaping praise on his young quarterback. "The things that we saw in him looking at him before the draft or the things that we’re starting to see now, he’s such a competitor, and his will, his determination to make things right and the way he can elevate the play around him, meaning the guys around him, has just been incredible. He’s taking care of the football. He’s not turning the ball over and that’s a positive to the success of the team obviously.”

The second-year quarterback’s accuracy shows up on the scoreboard and in the win column. For the fifth consecutive game, Philadelphia reached the 30-point mark and in those games, Wentz has thrown for a combined 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

When Wentz wasn’t throwing the ball, he showed off his ability to make plays with his feet. On third-and-9 early in the second quarter, Wentz spun away from a tackle and scrambled 16 yards to extend the drive. A couple of plays later, he flung a touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor which sparked a 17-0 avalanche in the second quarter that blew the game open.

“It was a big win. The next couple of weeks, we have our work cut out. We have a couple of West Coast trips that we’re looking forward to, and those are good football teams ahead of us as well,” Wentz said. “The next three on the road will be a good challenge for us. It was good to get this home win before we head into that.”

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