Carson Wentz, award winner of the year.
For the third time in four games, @cj_wentz has been named NFL Rookie of the Week!#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/RvLHruSsVD— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 14, 2016
Wentz was named Rookie of the Week for the third time in his four-game career. He’s got a .750 winning percentage going on so far with these things. Not too shabby!
In the Eagles’ loss to Detroit, Wentz went 25-of-33 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The interception, of course, sealed the loss because it came on the first play of the Eagles’ final drive of the game. Other than that throw, he looked quite excellent.
To be honest, though, this time I’m surprised Wentz won the award. I assumed Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott would take home the honors. He ran 15 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 37 yards, in the Cowboys’ rout of the Bengals.
Elliott has looked very much the real deal this season (109 carries for a league-leading 546 yards and five touchdowns in five games, holy hell), and with Wentz throwing an interception and losing, it seemed to be Elliott’s award to lose.
But Eagles fans sure like to vote for things! And now Carson Wentz is your NFL PEPSI COLA SPONSORSHIP (that’s not what it’s called) Rookie of the Week.