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Carson Wentz Efficient, Effective In Latest Thriller


A quick glance at Carson Wentz's stat line and the numbers aren't overwhelming.

He completed 17 of 31 attempts for 242 yards and one touchdown which resulted in a 91.1 passer rating.

But for the second week in a row, Wentz quarterbacked the Eagles over another backs-against-the-wall winless opponent. More impressively, this one came on the road where the Eagles managed to win just once all of last season.

"Last year, we could never find a way to win tight ballgames and this year we're obviously starting to learn that a little bit and I think we're turning the corner a little bit," Wentz said after the 26-24 win. "I think it's a part of our character and our makeup and we're just finding ways to win so that's a good sign of things to come."

For the second consecutive game, Wentz took care of the ball. The offense had zero turnovers and Wentz looked impressive as usual dodging tackles with unanticipated quickness given his 6-5, 240-pound frame. Head coach Doug Pederson thought his second-year quarterback had yet another good game.

"I think he had an efficient game. I think he was 1-of-7 to start the game but caught fire," Pederson said. "(Zach) Ertz made a couple of catches in there. Nelson (Agholor) was explosive. A couple of misses to Torrey (Smith) but we'll make those down the stretch. Alshon (Jeffery) got involved and really he did an outstanding job. The throw back to 29 (LeGarrette Blount), I believe it was the first half. What a tremendous play. That's the type of guy Carson is and he's tough."

Currently, Wentz is anchoring an offense that leads the NFL in time of possession. Against the Chargers, the Eagles held the ball a just seconds shy of 40 minutes. Couple that with the fact that the Eagles were 9-of-16 on third downs and Wentz is shouldering one of the league's most efficient offenses. On the game's final possession, the offense took the field with 6:44 to go. The run game worked the team into the red zone before Wentz was able to kneel in the victory formation to run out the clock.

"We're hoping we're going to either end it in a victory formation or end it in the end zone," Wentz said about the final possession. "That's kind of the goal and that's the mindset. We were able to pick up a couple first downs there and then it was the two-minute warning and we knew we just needed one more at the end, one more first down and the O-line and LeGarrette got that done."

Blount's performance Sunday was his best as an Eagle yet. Early in the fourth, Blount mauled through tackles for a 68-yard run that Wentz claimed was one the most impressive runs he'd ever seen in his life. With Blount and the running backs able to keep defenses off balance, the offense is developing into a difficult one to stop.

"It's awesome. Makes my life easier, honestly," said Wentz about Blount. "Seeing the O-line get super excited about him too, we fuel off that emotion off that energy. When a guy like LeGarrette is bouncing off tackles, making guys miss, and anytime you have those big plays you just use that energy and it fuels us."

With the win, Wentz continues to demonstrate that he can orchestrate a very effective offense. At the same time, the Eagles are proving that they can win games on the road. Ironically, out in Los Angeles, the team practically enjoyed the luxuries of the home team as fans showed up in outrageous numbers. Something that no longer catches Wentz by surprise.

"You know I'm kind of starting not to be stunned by our fans. It's unbelievable," Wentz said. "They travel so well they're at every game, so it's so enjoyable. They make it so fun. But it's starting to be the norm almost so to speak. So hat's off to them. They bring it every game no matter where we're at so we're really thankful for those guys."

The Philadelphia Eagles topped the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 at StubHub Center.

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