Wentz Weekly: Eagles quarterback shines against elite Broncos’ defense

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Carson Wentz has turned in yet another MVP type performance to lead the Philadelphia Eagles over the Denver Broncos and to 8-1 on the season.

Wow, what a game for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Denver Broncos in Week 9! I feel like we have reached the point to where we have no words left to describe the play of Carson Wentz. He just continues to go out there and continue to dominate on a weekly basis. We all knew Wentz had the capability to be special, but no one thought he could be seeing this kind of success so early and at this high of a level.

But nonetheless, here we are with the Eagles sitting at 8-1 after thrashing the Broncos 51-23. This is the first time Philadelphia has put up more than 50 points in a game since Week 16 of 2013 when Nick Foles and the Eagles topped the Chicago Bears 54-11. I guess it is kind of ironic that Foles has been involved in both of the Eagles last two 50-point showings.

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This is a Denver team that came into this game as one of the best defenses in the league. No one in their right mind could have possibly believed the Eagles would absolutely dominate Denver offensively like they did.

Wentz finished with a line of 15 of 27 for 199 yards and four touchdown passes while only taking one sack, finishing with a quarterback rating of 118.7. This is already the former North Dakota State Bison`s third four-touchdown passing game of the season and he now sits on top of the NFL leaderboard with 23 touchdown passes so far on the season.

After back to back weeks of coming out slow on offense, the Eagles were firing on all cylinders from the jump. On the very first possession of the game, Wentz led the Eagles down the field and capped it off with a beautiful 32-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.

On that pass to Jeffery, Wentz faked a handoff to newly acquired running back Jay Ajayi and Jeffery slipped right by Aqib Talib, allowing the Eagles quarterback to toss a beautiful pass right over the defender leading to the score. It was an absolutely great play design and the Eagles ran it to absolute perfection.

It is hard to believe that all of the success the Eagles’ offense had today came without the presence of perhaps their best skill position player this season in Zach Ertz. The Philadelphia tight end struggled with a hamstring issue later in the week and was just not able to get it right in pre-game warmups.

When news broke of Ertz`s absence, it led many to believe that the Eagles’ offense was going to have an incredibly hard time moving the ball. But man, was that just wrong.

The other tight ends, Trey Burton and Brent Celek, combined for five catches for 80 yards to go along with a touchdown. It was great to see these two step up, along with Wentz not missing a beat out there, even without his top target in Ertz.

Back to Burton, as that touchdown pass from Wentz was an absolute beauty. Wentz threw a fantastic ball to Burton`s outside shoulder where only he could catch it, which resulted in him coming down with the catch for the score.

With Ertz out, many looked to Jeffery to possibly make up for that loss, and he did just that by turning in his best game as an Eagle. It looks like Wentz and Jeffery are finally getting on the same page, and that will make this offense even scarier going forward.

Jeffery’s second touchdown catch of the game was by far an away not an easy throw for Wentz. On that touchdown pass, Wentz had to throw the ball into an extremely tight window, and he fit it in there perfectly. This throw like many other throws Wentz would not make last season, showing just how incredible his growth has been.

There have been so many games that have been examples of Wentz`s development and maturity, but this game stands above the rest. This was a top NFL defense with an elite group of corners, and Wentz went out there and turned in yet another historic performance.

I truly believe at this point there is no team that should scare the Eagles and Wentz. He has shown that no matter who faces up on the other side of him and no matter what they show him, he is able to outmatch whatever the defense puts out there.

The Eagles and Wentz go into a much-deserved bye week. While this a great opportunity for them to rest up and get healthy, we can only hope that this two-week layoff will not halt the momentum of this Eagles team. But honestly, Doug Pederson has this team coached so well that this should not be an issue.

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When returning from the bye, the Eagles will be heading to Texas for a huge NFC East showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. A win in this game can all but solidify the division for the Eagles, but it for sure won`t come easy. This game will match up two of the best young quarterbacks in this league and it will be a challenge that Wentz will for sure be up for.