Wentz for MVP
First off let me start off by saying how great it is to have Carson Wentz back. The star quarterback from North Dakota State appears to be even better coming off an ACL injury. The Eagles improved to 3-3 and a tie for first place in the NFC East following a 34-13 thumping of the New York Giants. Wentz turned in his fourth straight strong showing in the process. With that said it’s time to officially start the Wentz for MVP campaign.
Now before suffering a torn ACL on December 10th at the L.A Coliseum Wentz all but had the MVP award locked up. In 13 games he threw an Eagles record 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions with 3,296 yards. He also completed 60.2 percent of his passes. Furthermore, The Eagles had the best record in the league at 10-2. While Foles saved the day the day last season this year Wentz is back and ready to lead the Eagles to a second super bowl.
Tom Brady wound up winning MVP last year and there is no problem with that but Wentz was simply out of this world. In the final voting, however, the 6’5 quarterback ended up finishing in third place. This year despite missing the first two games Wentz is quietly playing even better than last year. The numbers don’t lie. Wentz through four games this year, as opposed to last year, is amazing, especially post-injury.
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) October 12, 2018
Ultimately if everyone remains healthy the MVP award will come down to Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, Adam Thielen, and Wentz. Now Mahomes is off to one of the greatest starts to a season in NFL history with 20 touchdowns to just four interceptions through six games. Gurley is flourishing in the Rams offense as is Jared Goff as they sit atop the NFC at 6-0. Thielen is putting up unprecedented numbers for a receiver so far this season starting with six straight 100 plus yard receiving games. While there are certainly a lot of qualified players Wentz playing at this level is the clear-cut MVP.
Half man half amazing
With the Eagles desperately needing a win Wentz delivered a masterpiece. On a short week on a wet and rainy night in the Big Apple, the Wentz for MVP train officially began. Wentz would complete 26 of 36 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. The first of the night was a pure dime to Alshon Jeffery and the Eagles never looked back.
.@eagles @cj_wentz 2 @TheWorldof_AJ on the 3rd play of the game is just an AMAZING throw on every level. Make sure you show this video to everyone at the water cooler this morning. #eagles #Wentz #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/6M1ga0IhP1
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 12, 2018
Wentz wasn’t finished there as for the rest of the game there was nothing the Giants defense could do. Time after time Wentz displayed the full package of arm strength as well as playmaking ability.
.@Eagles @cj_wentz Pretty Please never ever be fooled by the “aw shucks” demeanor that he displays in any interview. This #Wentz is looking to rip the jugular vein right out of your throat every chance he gets. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/fmUgOBZgel
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 12, 2018
Focusing on just third downs against the Giants Wentz was 14 of 15 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. This is what it’s like to have a franchise quarterback and he’s only 25 years old.
Numbers never lie
It’s scary to think that Wentz is even better. He’s gone 21 games without throwing multiple interceptions. In addition to that, he set an Eagles franchise record with at least one touchdown in 19 straight games. And if that wasn’t enough through his first 33 games Wentz has 57 touchdowns. Only Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, and Matthew Stafford have more. Finally, With the performance, Wentz became the first quarterback in Eagles history to have four straight games with at least 250 passing yards while completing 65 percent of his passes.
All aboard the Wentz wagon
From the first step, he took against the Colts you got the feeling that Wentz was ready for the moment. Despite being hit as many times as he has he’s still looking to make that elite play. Wentz will get a chance to strengthen his case as his next two games come against the Carolina Panthers and a stout Jacksonville Jaguars defense.
With Jeffery playing at an Elite level, Zach Ertz as debatably the best tight end in football and with Agholor along with the other weapons on this offense all I can say is watch out. As long as number 11 is under center the Eagles are never out of it. As a result, The Wentz for MVP campaign is underway.
All stats via Pro-Football-Reference & NFL.com
Featured image via Flickr: Mark Oswald
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