An MVP-like performance from quarterback Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins in Monday night's prime-time matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.
Wentz completed 17 of 25 passes for 268 yards and ran for a career-high 63 yards on the ground. Wentz's four touchdown passes gave the Eagles their fifth straight win, which now puts them at 6-1 on the season.
Despite the final numbers, it certainly was a slow start for the Eagles as they headed into the second quarter trailing the Redskins 10-3. It was a 64-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins that set the tone for the rest of the night.
A 4-yard pass from Wentz to tight end Zach Ertz gave the Eagles a 17-10 lead as they headed into halftime.
"We just kept saying, 'Stay together. Stay together and weather the storm,'" Wentz said. "When two teams like this know each other so well ... they made their plays early. We knew we'd get our shot to make our plays and that's what we did.
"The biggest thing was that we had a good game plan. They did some things early that got to us and we just knew that we had to weather the storm and keep our poise and we knew our plays would be there. We just started clicking. Again, we knew we just had to weather that storm, stay together, and make the plays."
Giving Hollins his first touchdown, Wentz touched on the strong chemistry he has with him along with his other offensive teammates who make finding the end zone a little bit easier.
"I just have a ton of confidence in our guys. That's something that makes, I think, our offense tough to defend, that we have guys everywhere that can step up and make plays," Wentz said. "I think Torrey (Smith) was tired and Mack just stepped right in and got the home run ball there. Again, that depth that we have and that ability to just spread the ball around makes us tough to defend."
Keeping the offensive fire alive, Wentz started off the third quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement which put the Eagles up 24-10 over the Redskins.
"You step up and at that point, it comes into make-a-play mode," Wentz said. "There are a lot of bodies in the middle of the field so I knew he was one-on-one with a linebacker. He did his job and kind of just turned upfield and made a play."
It was a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor that sealed the win. Agholor and Wentz have made the right plays to find the end zone nearly every week so far this season. Wentz touched on what's improved for Agholor from last season that has made the difference.
"His confidence. Just everyone around him instilling that confidence in him. I think last year, those were some things," Wentz said. "We always knew he had the physical abilities, it's just sometimes his confidence would waiver. Just bringing in some other guys, kind of taking some pressure off and letting him go and play. We're just happy for him. He's one of the hardest working guys I've ever been around."
After Monday night's performance, it's certainly safe to say Wentz has found his zone this season. Whether it's his playmaking skills, his chemistry with fellow teammates and coaches, or his ability to come back from adversity, he is setting the tone for the rest of the season.
"Last year, I was thrown into the fire eight days before the season and I thought I was prepared," Wentz said. "But when you have a whole offseason together, as the starter, I'm going all the way back to OTAs with the receivers and everybody to get on that same page. And then to have some more input on the offense each week. Coach (Doug) Pederson and I are on the same page so well, so just to have that whole offseason together it's really made a difference for me.
"I feel good. I do feel good. There's always plays every game, every week that you want back. I feel confident in all the guys. I just have to get the ball to them and let them make plays. We are picking up some big chunks down the field. Guys are winning and I'm just putting it there."
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday Night Football.