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Eagles News: Carson Wentz has been amazingly good on third down

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In career day, Carson Wentz's 3rd-down mastery continues in Eagles' win over Cardinals - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Here's all you need to know about how far Carson Wentz has come: He had three touchdown passes all last year on third down. And he had three Sunday against the Cards. Wentz continued his 2017 third-down mastery Sunday in the Eagles' blowout win over the Cards, going 11 for 12 on third down with nine conversions and throwing for 255 yards and three TD passes. Just on third down.

The Philadelphia Eagles finally played a complete game - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #267). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Cardinals game in Week 5, celebrate the greatness of Carson Wentz, talk about how the Birds are 4-1, and much more.

Carson Wentz Had the Game of His Career Against the Cardinals - The Ringer
Wentz played lights out on third down, finishing an incredible 11-of-12 for 229 yards and three touchdowns on third downs to push his season-long passer rating on that down to 137.7, with six total touchdowns and a 71.1 completion percentage. Combining efficiency and sound decision-making in the short and intermediate areas, an improved run game, and a few well-timed deep throws down the field, Wentz and the Eagles’ offense look capable of stressing defenses as we’ve never seen under head coach and play-caller Doug Pederson.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cardinals game - PhillyVoice
Pederson explained multiple times this past week that he thinks the Stefen Wisniewski - Chance Warmack platoon is effective. On the first three drives of the game, Wentz was protected well, and the Eagles put three touchdowns on the board. On all three of those drives, Wisniewski was the starter. So if things are going well, maybe just leave him in, right? Nope. Instead, the Eagles put in Warmack, who proceeded to give up pressure, and they gained just 23 yards on their next two drives.

The Time Machine - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have big play ability, as you saw on Sunday, but they also can move the ball methodically and really work the clock. This is important. It keeps the other offense off the field and it shortens the game. The key to this is being able to run the ball and convert on 3rd downs. Carson Wentz and the offense have been masterful on 3rd downs this year, especially the last couple of weeks. The offensive line has done a strong job of protecting Wentz. Give him a clean pocket and he will find someone to get the ball to. Eagles receivers have gotten open and they’ve caught the ball when it comes to them. Give the coaches credit for calling good plays. It also helps that Wentz can run for a 1st down when that is needed.A big reason for the 4-1 start is the offense’s ability to move the chains, score points and shorten games. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this up.

The day after: Inside Carson Wentz's career day against the Cardinals - The Athletic
The Eagles and their fans have plenty of reasons to be excited on this Monday. The team is 4-1 and has a point differential of plus-38, tops in the NFC. The Eagles are in first place in the NFC East (no other team has more than two wins) and expect to get key contributors like Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby back in the weeks ahead. But the biggest reason for excitement continues to be the second-year quarterback. “He’s the face of the franchise,” said tight end Zach Ertz. “As he goes, we go. And the most impressive part is he’s so even-keeled, through the highs and the lows. We love playing for him.”

Praise for Carson Wentz builds after latest stellar effort - Inquirer
The rest of the NFL is beginning to pay notice. The Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, possibly the league’s best cornerback, said that it’s only a matter of time until Wentz is a “top-tier quarterback.” “He’s a guy that had great pocket presence, and he understands where the pressure and blitzes are coming from,” Peterson said. “He knows the outlets, and he moves very well.”

Carson Wentz, Eagles soar to new heights with emphatic win over Cardinals - ESPN
Wentz (21-of-30, 304 yards, 4 TDs, INT) established a personal best with four touchdown passes -- three of which came on consecutive pass attempts in the first quarter. He is the first quarterback with a touchdown pass on three consecutive attempts since Ben Roethlisberger did it Week 4 of 2016, per the Elias Sports Bureau, and is the first quarterback in Eagles history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game. The breakout was somewhat expected internally. Earlier in the week, a team insider told ESPN that Wentz's outing against the Los Angeles Chargers was being viewed as his best as a pro even though he finished with an average completion rate and one touchdown. They saw a signal-caller who was maturing in his decision-making and command. The statistical fruits of that growth came at the Cardinals' expense.

Blowout Win Keeps Eagles Rolling At 4-1 -
These are the kind of games you’ve seen in the past where the Eagles, who looked overwhelmingly good on paper as 1 p.m. approached, would misfire here, jump offsides there, drop a pass all over, and in the end, well, it would just not be a satisfying afternoon. On Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles took care of business early (in the game) and late (on third downs) and blew apart the Arizona Cardinals 34-7, the team’s third consecutive victory ...

A play to remember for Nelson Agholor, Eagles - BCCC
Agholor, who was selected for random drug testing by the league after Sunday's game, has been able to bounce back by "working my butt off." "I really enjoy the game of football and the process of getting better," Agholor said. "I want to go out there and have fun with my teammates. We had a lot of fun today." Sunday was a blast for Agholor. His confidence has returned even as Smith's has ebbed and flowed after signing with the Eagles as a free agent. Agholor has been encouraging Smith, just as Smith first encouraged Agholor during summer camp.

Winners and Losers From the Arizona Cardinals’ 34-7 Loss to the Philadelphia Eagles - Revenge Of The Birds
Wentz was efficient and outside of a Bethea INT, he managed to have an incredibly efficient day and avoid turnovers despite Arizona throwing some tight blitzes at him. His offensive line held up despite the fact they couldn’t run the ball and he did exceptionally well on third down and completed several deep shots on Arizona’s secondary. Wentz looks to be coming into his own and seems to be on the rise as a young quarterback in the league.

Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game after 49ers kneel for national anthem - SB Nation
Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts’ game against the 49ers on Sunday after players took a knee during the national anthem. He tweeted why he felt the need to leave in a string of tweets.


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