Wentz Mania continues, the Eagles win in impressive fashion
20 September 2016 Eagles News
The Eagles are flying high back to Philadelphia with another solid win versus a pretty decent Chicago Bears team. The Eagles won the game 29-14 and it was a pretty dominant win. The Eagles’ defense was dominant all game and rookie sensation Carson Wentz put on another solid performance. All in all, the Eagles put in a great team effort Monday. Here are some thoughts on the win.
Firstly, like stated before, the Eagles defense was dominant. If you look back at the final statistics, you will see the Bears ended up outgained the Eagles by four yards. Do not let those statistics deceive you, the Eagles practically shut the Bears down. Early on, there were a few blenders from the defense, Alshon Jeffery made a few plays. As the game grew on, the defense shut it down. They accumulated three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception. This defense has been as good as advertised so far.
You cannot talk about the Eagles’ win without mentioning Carson Wentz. He finished the game 21 of 34 for 190 yards and one touchdown. Monday Night Football is a big platform and Wentz did not let it get to him. Wentz showed off his mental capacity Monday Night. On numerous occasions, he was changing the play and protection. The Eagles have full trust in him and it showed. The Eagles are not running an easy offense. In fact, they are asking a lot of Wentz and he has been delivering. Remember, he has technically only been the starting quarterback for two weeks now. He looks like he has been in control of that offense for a couple of years now, he has been really impressive.
However, the single most important thing to take away from the Eagles’ Monday Night win was the time of possession. The Eagles had the ball for 36 minutes of the game. Also, if you average that with the Browns win, the Eagles lead the NFL in average time of possession. In the last three years, time of possession did not matter. Now, not only is the Eagles’ defense reaping the benefits, so is the offense. The defense had to have set a record for most snaps last season. Now, they are getting off the field and taking a ten minute break. Because of that, the defense has been lights out. On the offensive side of the ball, the offense is seeing teams completely break down late in games. Take last night’s game for example, the Eagles did not score a single touchdown until the second half. The opposing defense had already played a full game and were beaten down. Wentz and the offense capitalized on the tired defense. Time of possession is now a luxury in Philadelphia.
All in all, the Eagles put on another clinic in Chicago. Coach Doug Pederson should be very pleased with his team’s performance. He should also give himself a pat on the back too, he called another brilliant game. The Eagles take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next. Pittsburgh is a tough matchup, but the Eagles will be high in spirits. Here is to hoping the Eagles get another win and go into the bye week 3-0.
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