Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Fitzpatrick embarrassed Carson Wentz

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In the trappiest trap game loss of recent memory, Carson Wentz, and the Philadelphia Eagles were thoroughly outplayed by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a deceptively good quarterback.

Sure, he tends to throw interceptions, has an unconventional style, and is a bit of a gunslinger, but you don’t sustain a 15-year NFL career without a thorough understanding of how to play quarterback.

Fitzpatrick went to Harvard btw, his prolonged career is a finely-tuned money-making machine.

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And in Week 13, Fitzpatrick out played Carson Wentz – a player 10 years his junior making $100-plus million more.

While on paper, the two quarterbacks weren’t too far apart, as Fitzpatrick picked up 365 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus Wentz’s 310 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception, but sometimes stats don’t tell the full story.

No, this game stopped being a game in the closing minutes of the second quarter for all intents and purposes. I mean seriously, six of the Miami Dolphins‘ last seven possessions resulted in points going up on the board, with their lone punt coming with eight seconds left to play.

Wentz, on the other hand, had three chances for a come from behind victory in the fourth quarter and left combined for one touchdown, one punt, and a last-second Hail Mary interception that felt like a kick in the teeth for fans who somehow felt inclined to watch the flipped over car finally blow up.

What happened to the running game? What happened to Jay Ajayi‘s revenge game? It’s not like the run game wasn’t successful. The Philadelphia Eagles actually averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 19 attempts, with Miles Sanders picking up a career-high 87 yards on 17 attempts to go with his 22 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.

No, for whatever reason, Doug Pederson decided that Carson Wentz gave his team the best chance to win by throwing the ball 46 times, even despite two straight weeks of horrible play against much better teams.

Who knows, maybe DP thought giving his starting quarterback a hero-ball, 300-plus yard passing outing would do wonders for his confidence, but the Eagles simply aren’t good enough to play around against even the worst teams in the NFL. Heck, they can’t even run down a clock correctly with a two-touchdown lead.

If someone isn’t fired after this game, the Eagles just don’t care about winning.

But you know who did care about winning? Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins.

After crushing the Eagles last season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it now feels foolish to have overlooked the veteran signal caller,  as he clearly knows how to pick apart a defense regardless of what they run.

Wentz, on the other hand, was sacked twice in the second half with the game on the line. Were those sacks his fault for taking too long to find an open receiver? Are the Eagles’ receivers still stinking it up even at basically full strength? Or can we finally look into the mirror and admit the truth: Maybe, just maybe, Carson Wentz, and the Philadelphia Eagles just aren’t good.

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Maybe Howie Roseman did a poor job putting this roster together. Maybe Doug Pederson just doesn’t understand how to call a 60-minute game with any sort of parody, and maybe Carson Wentz isn’t worth $128 million. Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles should sign a free agent like Andy Dalton, trade for an upside youngster like Josh Rosen, or draft a high-upsider like Jalen Hurts to give their $100 million man some competition going into camp, as his window of being an unquestioned franchise quarterback has come to an abrupt, ugly end.