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10 Instant Observations on a head-shaking Week 2 Eagles loss to the Rams - NBCSP
1. It’s only Week 2, and I’m already running out of ways to say Carson Wentz was terrible. He was. Again. He’s just not a good quarterback right now. The pivotal play this time was his 3rd-quarter interception, misfiring into double coverage to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone on a 1st-and-10 from the Rams’ 21-yard-line. Again, Wentz is in Year 5. He has to understand you don’t throw a high-risk tight-window pass like that on first down with the game on the line. The Eagles had a great chance to take the lead there, but Darious Williams picked him off, ending the threat. Wentz’s biggest problem so far this year has been poor decision making. Yeah, he’s missing guys all over the place, but the scariest thing is he’s just not playing smart football. He’s awful right now.

Eagles vs. Rams: 9 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
Losers — What do you do with Wentz? Keep on trucking. He’s not playing any worse than he has for other stretches in his career, though it certainly is more frustrating when the receiving corps is better (in theory!) and he has another year of experience under his belt. Bad mechanics, imprecise window throws, and poor pocket management continue to keep his play from being consistently quality. The Eagles may have accelerated the clock on their patience with Wentz by picking Jalen Hurts this past year, but they also paid him a ton of money, and will continue searching for a consistent, explosive offense that they know they can get from him if they just get the formula right.

5 reasons the Eagles are 0-2 to start this 2020 season -
4. Wentz is off track, there is no question about it. The turnovers are alarming. The Eagles had some success on Sunday using tempo offensively, and there was a concerted effort to get him out of the pocket and get the football out of his hands quickly, but the numbers are the numbers – he completed 26 of 43 passes for 242 yards and two interceptions. For the season, Wentz has four interceptions and two touchdown passes. Those are not normal numbers for Carson Wentz. No. 2 quarterback Jalen Hurts came in for three snaps and lined up in various places in the formation – none at quarterback – as a decoy to try to spice up the offense and it had some positive impact, but not enough. Wentz didn’t get the deep ball going at all against a Los Angeles soft zone that made a concerted effort to keep everything in front of it. The Eagles need their franchise quarterback to lead the way, to break into the win column. It certainly isn’t all on him. But the offense has yet to create any kind of identity in two weeks. The blocking scheme did a good job against All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald – the Rams did not record a sack – but Wentz missed a few receivers and the offense didn’t sustain success. It’s a mystery, honestly.

NFL Week 2 PFF ReFocused: Los Angeles Rams 37, Philadelphia Eagles 19 - PFF
Carson Wentz dug the hole deeper with an interception as the Eagles were trying to peg back the lead. Wentz struggled for much of the game and did so without being under a lot of pressure from the Rams’ defensive front. We saw brief appearances of Jalen Hurts on the field, though not in place of Wentz, rather split out as a gimmick threat on certain plays.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Rams game - PhillyVoice
1) The ‘Uh Oh, Is He Just Bad Now?’ Award: Carson Wentz Wentz had one of the worst games of his career Week 1 against the Football Team. His performance Week 2 was worse. At least a week ago some of his struggles could be blamed on poor play by the offensive line. There was no such excuse this week, as Wentz generally got good protection and had plenty of time to throw. He simply made bad throws and/or bad decisions, most notably this interception on a throw to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone. He finished 26-for-43 for 242 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs, for a QB rating of 56.5. Through two games, he has a passer rating of 64.4. You can bet there will be fans calling for Jalen Hurts this week. That’s not going to happen, of course, but it’s fair to wonder what exactly has happened to Wentz, and whether he and the team can fix it.

Carson Wentz outdueled by Jared Goff, putting Eagles in 0-2 hole - ESPN
Wentz’s decision-making has been shaky over the first two games. That was true on his third-quarter interception, when he forced the ball into the end zone for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and had it picked by Darious Williams. It was the turning point of the game, as a promising drive that could have put the Eagles ahead was thwarted. They never regained momentum. Wentz has already been intercepted four times on the young season after throwing seven INTs all of last season.

Carson Wentz delivers second straight dud in Eagles’ loss to Rams. Why is that? - Inquirer
Complimenting a quarterback on his game management is like heralding a receiver for his blocking. Yeah, sure, it’s important, but Wentz is supposed to be a thoroughbred. His decision-making has been shaky, his touch inconsistent, which might be even more troublesome. When his mechanics are off, Wentz tends to sail his throws. He’s missed several open receivers the last two weeks. He had tight end Zach Ertz open in the flat on a third down late in the second quarter, but he overshot him high and wide. He had a toss that might have slipped through Dallas Goedert’s hands in the first quarter, but it floated and the tight end had to extend himself for what would have been a difficult grab. Wentz threw behind his receivers on screen passes they caught but netted fewer yards than possible.

Week 2 fantasy winners and losers, early games - DraftKings Nation
Carson Wentz had better protection this week but didn’t play much better, as he completed 26-of-43 passes for 242 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He managed to get a QB sneak for a touchdown, but overall it was an awful game with two end zone interceptions. We’ve seen him put up great fantasy numbers, but he’ll need to get back on track before trusting him again.

Tough Day Leads to Tough Questions - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are 19-18 in their last 37 games. The new normal is mediocrity. The current team has consecutive losses by double digits. Injuries have been a factor in the last three years, but that’s part of the equation. Has the organization hired the right medical/training staffs? Has Roseman brought in the right players? Is Pederson doing something wrong (too much or too little work)? Is Wentz the right QB? This isn’t a good look. I wasn’t sure what to make of this team coming into the season. They brought in a big rookie class. When you do that, there is going to be a learning curve. I could live with youthful mistakes, but that’s not all we’ve seen. Jason Peters played worse than rookie Jack Driscoll in the opener. Zach Ertz dropped a fourth down pass last week. Veteran Richard Rodgers had a terrible block attempt on a pass play. Derek Barnett had a dumb offside penalty today. Nickell Robey-Coleman doesn’t seem to understand how to tackle.

Rams-Eagles recap: Jared Goff, Tyler Higbee power Rams to 37-19 win - Turf Show Times
Carson Wentz looks terrible through two games. He finished 26-of-43 for 242 yards and two interceptions.

Five winners and five losers from the Cowboys’ comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons - Blogging The Boys
Winner: Dak Prescott. To win in the NFL you generally have to have a star quarterback. You can argue with those rules being fair or not, but they are generally the rules. Dak Prescott’s status as a legitimate signal-caller is one that has been debated in many places. While the team as a whole fell dramatically apart early on, he led them back and achieved NFL history while doing so. There is little doubt that good things will happen when the ball is in Prescott’s hands. He proved that idea right on Sunday. His price likely went up, too.

Four things we learned from the Giants’ injury-plagued, sloppy, tough loss to Chicago - Big Blue View
Of course one name stands out above all others for Giants’ fans: Saquon Barkley, who had to be carried off the field after a hard tackle by Eddie Jackson. As bad as that looked in the moment, the news got worse later in the afternoon when we got word that the beliefs is that Barkley tore his right ACL. Making matters worse, we also saw Sterling Shepard leave the field with an apparent foot injury.

Washington Football Team gets blown out by the Arizona Cardinals 30-15 - Hogs Haven
The Washington Football Team came into today’s game as 7 point underdogs, and ended up losing by 15 on the road. They were simply dominated for the majority of the game, and it was bad for all three phases of the game. Lack of offense, turnovers on offense and special teams, and Kyler Murray sealed their fate today. Washington goes into next week’s away game against the Cleveland Browns with a 1-1 record. They have a lot to work on in practice this week, and will need to look at a few spots on the team that are not playing good enough to compete.

I have no idea what I’m doing - SB Nation
Football is a very hard sport. That is why many people find other jobs. If you’re interested in becoming a professional athlete, good luck! Not only do you need to be physically strong but you need mental muscles to remember all those plays and assignments too. But with games being so long, sometimes the athletes forget what they are supposed to do. I would like to introduce you to my new best friend: the onside kick at the end of the Falcons-Cowboys game.


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