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Carson Wentz: We Got Our Mojo Back In The Second Half

Posted Nov 19, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles proved their division dominance Sunday night as they are bringing back another win to the City of Philadelphia. The 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys gave the Eagles their eighth straight win and puts them at 9-1 on the season, four games ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC East standings.

The Eagles trailed the Cowboys 9-7 after a slow first half. Running back Kenjon Barner's 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter provided the Eagles' only points in the first half of the game.

“I missed some, I wasn’t on the same page on a couple of them,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “They made good plays on defense as well. We just weren’t clicking. We didn’t really have our mojo going there but we got back on in the second half.”

Wentz was 7-of-18 for 80 yards in the first half. The Eagles didn't gain a first down in the second quarter. Wentz rebounded in the second half by throwing two touchdown passes. He completed 14 of 27 passes for 168 yards.

An 11-yard touchdown run from running back Corey Clement followed by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to wide receiver Torrey Smith gave the Eagles a 23-9 lead at the end of the third quarter.

“I think the biggest thing was just staying with the game plan,” Wentz said. “They made plays and we didn’t, later in that first half. We just had to stay with what we knew we could do, just kind of execute better and stay out of some of those third-and-long situations. The Cowboys made some plays there in the first half and we knew we left some out on the field.

“There wasn’t really anything big or crazy. We just kind of came out, once we got the running game going a bit, we kind of relied on that. We knew that we had a great game plan and we just had to stay with it. Like I said, we left some plays out there in the first half; we just had to make them in the second half.”

The running game continued to play a large role in Sunday night's win with 215 rushing yards as running backs Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, and Kenjon Barner each got snaps against the Cowboys. However, it was Ajayi who had his second successful showing on the field as an Eagle.

Ajayi had an 8-yard first-down run on the first play of the third quarter that shortened the distance for the Eagles’ first third-down conversion of the game. This was followed by Ajayi’s career-best 71-yard run which set the Eagles up to score and find the end zone in the third quarter.

“The O-Line came out kind of angry, we just kind of relied on those big boys up front, the three backs that we have, Kenjon too making a couple of plays,” Wentz said. “We can just kind of ride those guys when we need to, especially on a field where we’re kind of running down their D-Line, so they made my job easy today.

“Those guys all kind of bring a different skill set. And they do such a good job and the big boys up front lead the way with that and Kenjon in the passing game and can do some other things out of the backfield so we can really spread those guys out and use them at what they’re best at and like I keep saying they make my job a heck of a lot easier.”

Wentz kept his chemistry alive with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. A 17-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Jeffery early in the fourth quarter helped the Eagles reach the 30-point mark for the sixth time in 10 games.

“Alshon did a great job,” Wentz said. “The way they were planning man coverage there and he just kind of bent it behind the guy, right in front of the safety. That was just all him. He got physical and was able to get in there and I gave him a shot.

“Alshon and I, I thought we’ve had really good chemistry all the way through the season, even in Training Camp. But anytime you get more reps out in a game situation, you can just trust each other more and more and it’s showing on gamedays.”

Coming back from a slow start and putting up another 30-point-plus game shows the Eagles intend to continue to bring something special to the field.

“It just shows we’re resilient,” Wentz said. “I think we knew coming into the locker room at halftime that we left a lot out there and that we were much better than that and that we just had to go execute. I think it just shows that we have a lot of belief in each other and we can get the job done whenever and wherever.”

As the Eagles look ahead to next week’s game against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field, Wentz emphasized that they continue to just take it week by week and one game at a time.

“We don’t really think about all that, we just think we got the Bears next week,” Wentz said of the team's potential playoff seeding. “That’s really at the end of the day what it’s all about, hopefully, we can just keep this thing rolling.

“We’re having a blast. I love winning in this league and I love doing it with these boys.”

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