Since getting drafted Carson Wentz has been the golden child of Philadelphia.
Part of getting the golden child treatment is avoiding any harsh criticism. Earning that from a fan base that booed the best quarterback in franchise history on draft day means you must be pretty valuable.
One rare criticism Wentz has got in three years (especially this season) was his performance late in games.
Talk heated up after Wentz and the Eagles offense fell short regaining the lead against the Panthers in the week seven match-up.
Since then Wentz has posted unreal numbers in the 4th quarter of one-score games against Jacksonville, Dallas, and New York.
Two of the three performances resulted in victories.
Against Jacksonville Wentz arguably had his best performance of the season. In the 4th quarter, Wentz went 5/5 for 60 yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguars offense started gashing the Eagles defense but Wentz didn’t let up.
In the SNF battle with the Cowboys, Wentz couldn’t complete the comeback but he tied the game up two different times late.
His 4th quarter stats were the best of the season going 14/15 158 yards and a touchdown.
Two weeks later in a must-win game against the Giants, Wentz and the Eagles were trailing in the 4th quarter and this time the comeback was completed.
Headed into the final quarter the Eagles trailed 19-3. Philadelphia’s offense put up 22 points in the fourth and won 25-22.
The run game was the key factor in the win but Wentz was on his game when he needed to keep drives alive going 4/4 for 60 yards. That included a 4th and 1 conversion from Wentz to Agholor with the season on the line. That helped lead to a game-winning field goal by Jake Elliott.
Overall, in a six-point win against the Jaguars, a seven-point loss against Dallas, and a three-point win against the Giants, Wentz has stepped up since he was under fire for pressing against Carolina.
Total stat line: 23/24 284 YDS 1 TD
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With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.
How was Jim Schwartz able to hold one of the top offenses in the league to 23 points?
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Will he be the guy the rest of the reason including perhaps playoffs?
Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.
No easy way out
By Lars Lewis
The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.
One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.
Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.
It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.
We’re not indestructible,
Baby better get that straight
I think it’s unbelievable
How you give into the hands of fate
So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?
Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.
I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.
Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.
I see all the angry faces
Afraid that could be you and me
Talkin about what might have been
I’m thinkin about what I used to be
When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.
Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.
“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers
The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.
There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home