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Eagles news: Carson Wentz and the defense look special

Eagles news and notes for 9/26

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Like the QB, this defense is special so far - Inquirer

Oh, sure, Carson Wentz is the second coming of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and whatever other Hall of Fame quarterback you want to insert here. Let's remember, however, that before the Wentz Wagon became more densely populated than the state of New Jersey, it was the defense that offered a sliver of hope for the Eagles' 2016 season.

Now, combined with the fantastic rise of the rookie quarterback, the defense has given us reason to believe that something special, perhaps even Super, is happening right before our eyes.

Wentz makes Eagles a contender right now - Inqurier

Eagles fans - and the Eagles themselves, for that matter - would have been satisfied with any kind of win in this situation against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But a 34-3 thumping? A here-we-are declaration of intent for the season? That might have seemed too much to hope for, but it is exactly what took place.

The game was won in every aspect. The defense was very good, the offensive line exception in protecting the quarterback. But let's not kid ourselves. The praise should be deservedly spread around, but this - this thing that is happening - is a Carson Wentz story.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Steelers game - Philly Voice

Again, not really an award here, but Jim MF Schwartz. The Eagles have given up 27 points this season, which is the fewest in the NFL. The next closest team is (surprise!) the Seattle Seahawks, who have given up 37 points. And that includes four teams, who as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday night haven't played yet.

The Eagles' defense is a like a swarm of bees. They're playing fast, and making plays. And yet somehow, it all looks like it's under control. Many thought the Eagles defense could be very good this season, but nobody could have expected this. Schwartz took a 3-4 two-gapping defense (that was a terrible fit for the Eagles' personnel) and turned it into a ferocious play-making unit that is to be feared.

Report Card: Steelers 3 Eagles 34 - Post-Gazette

The Steelers had no answer for a rookie quarterback who made them look confused and flat-footed with misdirection passes and play-action. It did not help that the defense lost four starters to injuries, but it wouldn’t have mattered. The offense showed none of the perceived firepower that should at least allow them to match the Eagles touchdown for touchdown. An embarrassing performance all the way around.

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