Carson Wentz's career afternoon propelled the Eagles to a 34-7 blowout win against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Wentz went 21-of-30 for 304 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as the Eagles improved to 4-1 and 2-0 at home.
"I was so proud of them, the way they worked, another team effort, all three phases," said head coach Doug Pederson. "I told them that I felt like this year, by far, in our five games, that that was the most dominating performance that they've had as a team."
The Eagles continued their impressive play sustaining drives, going 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) on third down. Four different Eagles had touchdowns: Trey Burton, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, and Torrey Smith. Agholor led the receiving corps with 93 yards on four catches. Running back LeGarrette Blount had another strong outing with 74 yards on 14 carries.
On the team's first possession, Burton put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a 15-yard delivery from Wentz. The touchdown was Burton's second receiving touchdown of his career.
On the ensuing Cardinals possession, defensive end Brandon Graham sacked quarterback Carson Palmer at the Arizona 29 to set up a third-and-16. The defense came away with a stop and forced a Cardinals punt. Running back Kenjon Barner turned on the jets with a 76-yard punt return to the Arizona 15-yard line.
Thanks to Barner's return, it took the Eagles about 90 seconds to score again. Ertz put the Eagles up 14-0 after he wrestled his way for a touchdown off an 11-yard feed from Wentz.
With less than a minute left in the quarter, wide receiver Torrey Smith ended his early-season struggles when he became the third Eagle to score in the opening quarter. Wentz and Smith connected on a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown that put the Eagles up 21-0 after the opening 15 minutes.
The Cardinals got on the board a few minutes into the second on a 13-yard touchdown connection between Palmer and wide receiver John Brown that trimmed the Eagles' lead 21-7. Later, defensive end Vinny Curry sacked Palmer for an 8-yard loss which forced a third-and-18 at the Arizona 25 with 8:06 left in the half.
With less than a minute to go before intermission, Wentz threw his first interception since Week 2 after his pass intended for Ertz was picked off by Antoine Bethea in the end zone. The Cardinals had an opportunity to score as time expired but cornerback Patrick Robinson came through late blocking the 51-yard attempt to keep the Eagles' lead at 21-7 at halftime.
To start the third, kicker Jake Elliott capped off the Eagles' opening drive with a 36-yard kick that put the Birds up 24-7 with nine minutes remaining in the quarter. Midway through the third, wide receiver Nelson Agholor had one of the more spectacular plays of the day. He chased down a deep throw from Wentz and hit Cardinals' safety Budda Baker with a handful of stiff-arms and spin moves before falling backwards into the end zone for a 72-yard catch-and-run touchdown to put the Eagles up 31-7.
The Eagles held the Cardinals scoreless in the fourth and Jake Elliott sailed another field goal finalizing the game at 34-7. The defense continued their strong afternoon, as safety Rodney McLeod forced a fumble at the 1-yard line and the ball went out of bounds which resulted in a touchback, giving the Eagles the ball back to finish the final minute in the victory formation.
The team will have a quick turnaround as they will prepare to head to Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina to play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night. The Panthers are also 4-1 after defeating Detroit earlier in the day.
Carson Wentz: 21-30, 304 yards, 4 TD, INTCarson Palmer: 27-43, 263, TD
Torrey Smith: 3 catches, 70 yards, TDTrey Burton: 15 yards, TDZach Ertz: 6 catches, 61 yards, TDNelson Agholor: 4 catches, 93 yards, TDJohn Brown: 13 yards, TDJ.J. Nelson: 4 catches, 80 yards
LeGarrette Blount: 14 rushes, 74 yardsChris Johnson: 9 rushes, 21 yards
The Eagles defeated the Cardinals, 34-7, at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 5 of the regular season.