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Now the Vegas favorite for league MVP, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz enters a smash spot in Week 7’s Monday Night Football tilt against the Washington Redskins.

Wentz has finished as a top 5 QB in 4 of his 6 starts and is coming off a mini-bye with 10 days to prepare for a Redskins’ defense that will be missing top-flight CB Josh Norman (ribs) and possibly CB Bashaud Breeland (knee). In his first 4 weeks, Wentz averaged 264.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. In his sizzling two week stretch entering this game, he has combined for 526 yards and 7 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Add to that his scrambling ability, where he ranks 2nd in rushing attempts (32) and 4th in rushing yards (133) among Quarterbacks.

With Redskins’ DL Jonathan Allen, who according to Pro Football Focus ranks 5th among interior defenders in pass rush productivity, Wentz should have time to step up in the pocket and survey the field before taking off when necessary.

A large part of Wentz’s success has come from a drastic improvement in the redzone . Scoring 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, Wentz has fed TE Zach Ertz often (8 targets, 6 catches, 4 touchdowns) with great success.

The redzone isn’t the only area where the Wentz-Ertz connection is eating, as their 34 completions ranks highest among QB-TE connections. Ertz has historically succeeded against the Redskins more than any other team, gashing them for 54 targets and 531 yards total in his career while posting a 8/93/0 line in Week 1.

Looking past Ertz’s enticing match-up, the Eagles WR core could be in for a big day as a group. If the aforementioned Norman and Breeland sit, that leaves the Redskins in a bad situation at corner. Rookie CB Fabian Moreau has seen limited snaps (41), but has conceded 5 receptions on 9 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. Moreau’s abysmal 2.49 yards per coverage snap ranks 2nd worst in the league for cornerbacks that have played over 40 snaps. CB Quinton Dunbar has been decent, CB Kendall Fuller has allowed the most yards on the team (140) but has 2 interceptions to show for it, and 7th round rookie CB Joshua Holsey is a complete unknown with only 3 snaps on the season.

For a quarterback that the Cleveland Browns’ chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta didn’t see as a top 20 talent at the position, Wentz could, for the 3rd straight week, show that not only is he top 20, but solidify himself as a top MVP candidate.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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