LONDON – Wide receiver Jordan Matthews said his part is easy.
"Do your job. Get to spots. Carson is going to put the ball where it needs to be."
On Sunday, Matthews was in the right place at just the perfect time for the Eagles in a 24-18 win over Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium.
Matthews had four receptions for game-high 93 yards and all four of his catches gained first downs. Two came in the fourth quarter and were particularly important. One, on first-and-10 from the Eagles' 25-yard line, gained 36 yards to jump-start a touchdown drive that ended on a 5-yard Carson Wentz touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz to give the Eagles a 24-15 advantage. Then, with 3:32 to go in the game, Wentz again found Matthews, this time for a gain of 13 yards on a second-and-10 play and the Eagles were able to run out the clock in front of a decidedly pro-Eagles crowd, a record one for an NFL game at Wembley Stadium at that of more than 85,000.
"You need to have a quarterback who can put the ball where it needs to be and Carson does that," said Matthews, who has 10 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown since rejoining the team on September 19. "I'm kind of a 'feel' player and a lot of those routes I just have to find space and Carson is going to put the ball where it needs to be. He made it easy for me so it was great to go out there and help us get the win."
"The thing I love about J-Matt is, you can put him at Z, X (receiver positions), he's going to get the job done," Wentz said. "Both blocking, all the stuff we ask our receivers to do blocking-wise. He can make plays, beat man coverage. We saw him do it a couple years ago here for a while. It was big for him to step up the way he did today. It was cool to have him be the leading receiver again. It's been a while."
Matthews and Wentz are tight on and off the field and it shows when Wentz knows No. 80 is going to get to his spot. Playing against a Jacksonville secondary decimated by injuries, Wentz spread the ball around. He targeted Matthews five times. He completed four passes for 35 yards to Alshon Jeffery, who was shadowed all game by All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Nelson Agholor was targeted six times and had three receptions for 49 yards. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert combined for five receptions, 58 yards, and a pair of touchdowns. Running back Wendell Smallwood took a screen pass and went 36 yards for a touchdown.
"He got us all involved," Matthews said. "We had a lot of talent here, a lot of weapons. It's just a matter of us doing our jobs and Carson putting us in great position. We're close on offense. Not quite there yet, but we're getting closer. It was a big win. We needed this one."
With his big body, Matthews is a weapon inside against smaller defensive backs. He's also had some explosive plays on the outside. It's been a successful reunion and Matthews hopes for even more in the second half of the regular season.
"It takes some time and we're working on it," Matthews said. "Now we have a chance to get some rest and get ourselves right for the second half of the season. It's going to be fun."
"Jordan made some great plays on the ball, third-down catches," said head coach Doug Pederson. "He's really strong with the football right now. Been able to elevate. He's really kind of fitting into what we're asking him to do. He had a really good game today."
It's always fun when Matthews and Wentz are on the same page. In a game in which the Eagles needed everyone to step up against a fast and physical defense, Matthews did his job very, very well. The four first-down catches came at the perfect time to keep the offense motoring along.
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