Carson Wentz breaks rookie QB record as Philadelphia Eagles drub Pittsburgh Steelers
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 02, 2016,
Oct 02, 2016, 17:58
Early on in the game, Wheaton had the opportunity to change the tone of the game right away but he dropped a certain touchdown in the end zone and when the ensuing Steelers' field goal was blocked, the Eagles gained the momentum and did not look back. So, Celek knows better than to get overly excited or caught up in the hype surrounding another young phenom.
Wentz and the Eagles were dominant in their first true test of the season at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
So from tanking to Super Bowl contenders? It's clear even some of a more optimistic projections underrated the talent on this roster or didn't account for a rookie quarterback playing like a 10-year veteran.
Defensive end Brandon Graham has one sack in each of the first three games and is tied for the team lead with Fletcher Cox, who got to Ben Roethlisberger twice on Sunday. His 102 passes without an interception are the most ever to begin a season by a rookie QB, according to Elias Sports research.
Wentz has already been linked to a number of quarterback greats. The only other rookies with ratings over 100 while starting the first three games of the year were Mariota (110.3) and Griffin (103.5). It gave the Eagles a 20-3 lead. I see Roethlisberger getting not just a forceful runner back, but one of the finest pass-catchers out of the backfield in the National Football League back, providing even more a punch in that air game. Russell Wilson (73.1) and Luck (66.8) also lag behind Wentz. None has made this many with his arm, not with so few mistakes.
The bigger story has been Wentz, who has become a legend overnight in Philadelphia.
"I think we all have a selfish streak in us, but I think he has a little bit less of a selfish streak than most people, and right now that's a good thing for us and it's a good thing for his leadership". He knows he should and can make that play, but there's a lot of thumb-pointing going on for us and it starts with me.
Ready for Pederson's latest comparison of Wentz? He has game-planned brilliantly.
Then there's Jim Schwartz's defense. The Steelers haven't beaten the Eagles in Philadelphia since 1965.
Granted, the NFC East is one of the easiest divisions to win in the NFL. With September now over, the Eagles are in first place and overlooking the Giants and the Cowboys. In the previous three seasons under Chip Kelly and Billy Davis' 3-4 system, the Eagles never finished better than 17th in points-per-game allowed. Eagles fans are harsher critics than Eagles haters, and for every smitten member of the Philly Phaithful writing mash letters on Facebook, another is taking the hard line wait-and-see approach. A defensive stand on fourth-and-5 from the Eagles' 33 sent the offense back on the field. They are plus-65 in point differential, which is the best mark in the NFL. Matthews caught Wentz's pass in stride to make it 10-0 with 12:04 left in the period.
At some point, waiting and seeing is just being contrary. Wentz is his guy, and he's done everything to near-perfection thus far.
It's time to climb on board and enjoy the ride.