Second-year quarterback leads the NFL with 28 TD passes this season. Per Elias, the only first- or second-year quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL outright in TD passes are Dan Marino (1984) and Kurt Warner (1999). ...»
When was the last time we saw a second-year pro play quarterback in the NFL as well as Carson Wentz (who has a league-high 28 touchdown passes) is playing it? I think you'd have to go back to 1984, when Dan Marino threw for 48 touchdowns and 5,084 yards before taking the Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX. ...»
Wentz continues to lead the NFL with 28 TD passes, putting him on pace to throw 41. More important, he's led Philly to a league-best 10 wins, and the team could be wearing the NFC East crown before Week 13 is over. ...»
Wentz has been near-flawless in the red zone (20 TDs, 0 INT) and lethal both on third down (66 percent completion rate, 11 TDs, 2 INTs) and against the blitz (11 TDs, 0 INT). Wentz is just the third NFL quarterback to throw 28-plus TDs and no more than five interceptions through 11 games, joining Brady and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.
Wentz has lifted the level of play of those around him. The Eagles' league-leading 351 points (32 per game) are the most in franchise history through 11 games. Most importantly, his team is winning. The Eagles are 10-1 for the fourth time in franchise history. The last two times they got out to that kind of start (2004, 1980), they went to the Super Bowl. ...»
The Eagles defense allowed only 140 yards against Chicago, the fewest the team has allowed in a single game since 1996. The league's best rushing defense yielded 6 yards on the ground to the Bears, the fewest rushing yards the Eagles have allowed in a single game since 1950. Jim Schwartz's defense hasn't allowed a single touchdown in the first quarter all season and has surrendered only one TD in the entire month of November. ...»
And yet, with how stellar Wentz has been - his 28 touchdowns lead the league - the defense is certainly easy to forget about. But that would be a mistake. Entering Week 12, Philly ranked first in rushing yards allowed, sixth in total defense, and eight in scoring defense. After forcing three more turnovers, all interceptions, versus Trubisky and company, it will now move ahead of Jacksonville for first in the NFL in the precious turnover margin. ...»
This group has talent. Cox is the best defensive tackle in the league. Graham is incredibly disruptive off the edge. Vinny Curry and Tim Jernigan each lead the team with seven tackles-for-loss. Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks are athletic linebackers that can make plays all over the field. Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson have proven to be an outstanding trio of corners. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod might be the best safety duo in the league. This group has depth. Derek Barnett has 4.5 sacks and is in the backfield every single game. Chris Long has been outstanding this year. Beau Allen has done an excellent job as the top backup at defensive tackle. Rasul Douglas, Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham offer depth and versatility in the secondary. Wentz and the offense have gotten most of the hype this year, but the defense is starting to look special. They are sixth in yards allowed. They are third in points allowed. They remain number one against the run. They say defense wins championships. We might just find out. ...»
On the other side of the spectrum, defensive end Brandon Graham’s numbers are definitely indicative of the career season he’s enjoying in his eighth year. The longest-tenured member of the defense increased his sack total to a personal-best 7.0 when he stripped Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky in a 31-3 drubbing on Sunday that improved his squad to 10-1. Graham often moves inside on passing downs to make room for more edge-rushing talent on the field. Same for fellow starting defensive end Vinny Curry. Their work in the run game has been especially encouraging. Playing the run had been a weakness, but both have worked hard to turn it into a strength — with tremendous results. Curry might even be a better run defender than pass rusher. He sheds many blockers with ease and keeps his head up while doing so. ...»
But it would have been difficult to envision them playing as well as they did, even though they entered the game with the top-ranked rushing defense. The Bears gained only 6 rushing yards on 14 carries, and they got -6 yards from their running backs. They entered the game fifth in the NFL with 131.8 yards per game. The run defense was the key to the win. It starts with Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, who form perhaps the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL. ...»
While Philly doesn’t have a singular back as dynamic as Ezekiel Elliott, the team’s platoon features a cache of runners who can fill any role. Five different running backs have run for touchdowns this fall, ranging from the bruising Blount to trade acquisition Jay Ajayi to undrafted free agent pickup Corey Clement. ...»
The run game issues that once plagued the Eagles at the onset of the season are long forgotten. The running backs, in cohorts with the improving offensive line in the absence of Jason Peters, are punishing opponents for 144.6 yards per game – second best in the NFL. Since Jay Ajayi became an Eagle, the team has averaged over 200 rushing yards per game while tallying five rushing touchdowns. Rookie running back Corey Clement has scored four touchdowns in the previous two games with three of them on the ground. He’s just one of the players benefiting from the offense’s running back-by-committee approach. ...»
The Eagles are now 10-1 with a nine-game winning streak, and their run defense is one of the biggest reasons why. They've allowed 716 rushing yards so far, and that's the seventh-fewest in NFL history after 11 games.
"That was the big emphasis this week," Brandon Graham said. "We just wanted to go out there and do our job. We made it about us and obviously, we got the job done today.
"You've got to get them with numbers and then you've got be technically sound. You have to go out there and make sure you don't try to do anyone else's job because that's when they crease you. … We were out there busting our butt, everybody was doing their job and flying around. We played good team D against their run." ...»
The team’s explosive wideout corps has also adopted a committee approach to push the Eagles offense into the NFL stratosphere. Seven different players have at least 100 receiving yards in 2017. Philadelphia traded last year’s leading receiver, Jordan Matthews, to Buffalo in hopes free agent additions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith would more than make up for his absence by teaming with the best-ever version of Algohor. Together, the three have combined for 98 receptions, 1,356 yards, and 15 touchdowns through 11 games. ...»
The Eagles dominate on offense (ranking third overall, first in scoring, second in rushing and 15th in passing) and defense (sixth overall, third in scoring, first against the run and 16th against the pass). Philadelphia has a turnover differential of plus-9 and a sack differential of plus-6. ...»
Philadelphia leads the NFL with 351 points, which are the most through 11 games in franchise history. Philadelphia has won 3 straight games by 28 points for the first time in franchise history. Philadelphia has scored 30 points in 5 consecutive games (longest active streak in the NFL), which is tied for the 2nd-longest streak in franchise history (6 games, 10/23/49-11/27/49). The Eagles are the only NFL team to score 20 points in every game this season. Philadelphia has held opponents to 9-or-fewer points in back-to-back games for the first time in a single season since 11/21/04-11/28/04 (also 2 games). Philadelphia has produced multiple sacks in 8 consecutive games, which is the club’s longest streak since 2012 (8 games, 10/28/12-12/13/12). Philadelphia has recorded multiple INTs in 4 consecutive games, which is the club’s longest streak since 2010 (4 games, 10/24/10-11/21/10). ...»
The time has come to move past that trepidation. As much as anyone, Pederson is responsible for the seasonal joy that permeates our town. The Eagles are winning because of him, not in spite of him. Notice how Eagles players never miss an assignment? Or how Wentz never needs to waste a timeout waiting for the play call to come on? That’s the coach. Notice how in a season where half the league’s teams have been destroyed by injuries, the Eagles have overcome theirs without a glitch? That’s on Roseman, personnel guru Joe Douglas – and the coach.