Welcome to Wentz Week – Bleeding Green Nation

It’s only been two weeks into the NFL season and some national chiefs are already screaming from mountaintops and into their mics declaring the Eagles the best team in the NFC. While it may be extreme, the Eagles are only one of six — out of three in the NFC — in the NFL that remains undefeated.

Jalen Hurts is building a season MVP And it doesn’t look like anyone will be able to stop the Eagles anytime soon.

While this may be an exaggeration, the Eagles are second in the NFL in rushing (189.5 yards/game, behind Cleveland 200.5), first in the NFL in average yards per catch (9.1), and most importantly by That, second in third–lower efficiency (17/30 conversion for 56.7%, behind Buffalo’s league-leading 14/23 for 60.9%)–against two opposing defensive philosophies, one attacking Detroit, the other attacking the Minnesota softzone, which the Eagles had answers for both. .

Directly behind the Eagles in third efficiency, former Eagle and current Washington Chiefs Carson Wentz (14/25, 56%). Wentz and the leaders are also tied for the league lead in red zone efficiency, turning all five red zone chances.

What you’ll likely hear from Wentz this week is what he said when he first joined Washington, which hosts the undefeated Eagles at 1 p.m. this Sunday at FedEx Field, whose former team’s encounter will be like “just another ball game.”

You will not do that.

You will be Wentz Energy.

Although he hasn’t played in one, Wentz is just as responsible for winning the Super Bowl LII as backing Nick Foles, who finished what Wentz started in 2017 before tore his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left. Knee at Week 14 in Los Angeles.

It hasn’t been the same since then.

However, most Eagles fans are swearing at Wentz for wanting to get out of Philadelphia in 2020 after going 3-8-1 as a start, and feeling pressured by the presence of Hurts, Wentz’s second-round insurance policy at the time, qualified by the Eagles’ massive one-year contract extension. Four years worth $128 million to him.

Despite being under his third training regimen, Wentz, 30, still lacks a pocket, still has a tendency not to check his off-court swing backs, and remains among the slowest in the league to get the ball out under the pressure. (2.6 seconds), he may still resist hard training, lack leadership skills, and will still average one or two mistakes during a match.

This is among the reasons why he is with his third team in three years.

The league thinks it can’t handle the pressure, because in two games it has lost more quarterbacks than any NFL quarterback (34 times; Patrick Mahomes is No. 2 on 32; Hurts attacked 22 times). But Wentz also threw in the league’s second-highest yards under pressure (650 yards), behind only rising Miami star Tua Tagoviloa (739 yards).

Wentz’s best team this season was the third most important, completing 17 of 21, for 212 yards and a 148.3 quarterback rating.

After beating Minnesota 24-7 in the opening game on their home turf Monday night, the Eagles became a favorite on the road Sunday in Washington. It’s also time to be ambushed by a vengeful quarterback who felt betrayed by the team that drafted him, and by a fan base that once embraced him before behind-the-scenes characteristics that the majority of the fanbase didn’t want to accept in the first place. .

The routine of aw-shucks, bloated Opie-from-Mayberry has been revealed. She played well and turned many in the local and national media into Wentz Boys fans. Underneath it, there are some Carson’s “throat cuts” for him. It has to be. An NFL quarterback wouldn’t be viable if he wasn’t. This was his problem – his reluctance to show it, rather than grumbling in adverse situations. So, when Wentz says, “It’s just going to be another game,” don’t believe it.

The Eagles will see the best version of Carson Wentz on Sunday.

Like it or not, this version was pretty good five years ago.

Joseph Santolicetto is an award-winning sports writer based in the Philadelphia area who has written featured stories for SI.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com, MLB.com, Deadspin, and The Philadelphia Daily News. In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for a special project for ESPN.com called “Love at First Beep”. He is best known for ESPN.com’s award-winning feature on high school wrestler AJ Detwiler in February 2006, which was featured on SportsCenter. In 2015, he was elected president of the American Boxing Writers Association.