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PHILADELPHIA The so called Wentz Wagon is not nearly big enough anymore. How about the Wentz Train? Wentz Caravan?
Whatever it is called, it’s obvious that we’re all just along for the ride.
Before this season is over, Wentz should shatter just about every Eagles’ passing record. And who knows how far the second year passer will take the Eagles after he and the offense completely dismantled the Denver Broncos 51 23 on Sunday. 19. At worst, they’ll have a three game lead in the NFC East by then.
The scary part is they could get even better as the season goes along after unveiling their new running back in Jay Ajayi, acquired last Tuesday in a trade with Miami. Ajayi had a 46 yard touchdown run among his 77 yards on eight carries. He was one of five running backs who played in the game.
But the day belonged to Wentz, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 199 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions before he sat out the fourth quarter.
For the season, Wentz has 23 touchdown passes against just five interceptions. It’s the most TDs through nine games in Eagles’ history, surpassing Norm Van Brocklin, who had 20 through nine games in 1960. The Eagles’ record for TDs in a season is 32. Wentz has seven games remaining.
“At the end of the day, touchdowns or whatever, that all great,” Wentz said. “But being 8 1 is what it all about. I didn really know what to expect with the stats and all that. But that didn’t really matter. I will say I always had high expectations for myself and this team, so we fortunate with where we at.”
That’s about as much boasting as you’ll get from Wentz. You won’t get much more from his teammates, either, mainly because they have run out of superlatives.
“I think pretty much, this time, we expect it now,” wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said. “That what we expect. We expect him to make throws and great plays with his legs.
“But at the same time, some of that stuff is all credit to Carson. Like he has a heck of a vision. All the credit goes to him.”
The Broncos came into the game allowing just 261 yards per game. The Eagles surpassed that at halftime, and finished with 419.
“They were just connecting on everything third downs, running the ball, everything,” Broncos star linebacker Von Miller said.
On the Eagles’ first series, Wentz faked a handoff to Ajayi, took a few steps to his right and lobbed a pass over Denver Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib to Jeffery, who loped in for a 32 yard TD.
“It something that we practiced all week,” Jeffery said. “I think [Ronald] Darby can tell you. We practiced it on him. It was working in practice, and [the coaches] did a great job scheming the game plan. Carson did a great read. If he pulled [the ball back from Ajayi], just take off and run, and that how it worked out.”
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It was like that all game. Patrick Robinson’s interception the first of two thrown by overmatched QB Brock Osweiler gave the Eagles the ball at Denver’s 15. Wentz then threw an inside screen to Corey Clement, the first of the rookie’s three TDs.
Ajayi, on only his fifth carry as an Eagle, went around left tackle and kept going, scoring from 46 yards out, making it 31 9 with 1:20 left in the first half. The Broncos had not allowed 30 points in an entire game this season.
The onslaught only continued in the second half. It was 44 9 with three minutes left in the third quarter after Wentz’s 4 yard TD pass to Jeffery, set up by Rodney McLeod’s interception.
The Broncos hadn’t allowed that many points since Oct. 6, 2013 when they allowed 48 to the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos, with Peyton Manning as QB, won that game.
Osweiler is not Manning. Wentz, on the other hand.
Almost INTs galore for defenseOfficially, Robinson and McLeod intercepted passes thrown by Osweiler, who was making his first start of the season with the benching of Trevor Siemian.
Osweiler wasn’t the answer for the Broncos. On their first series, Rasul Douglas dropped an interception that could have gone for a touchdown on an out route. Later in the first half, Osweiler tried a deep pass into triple coverage that McLeod appeared to have lined up before he collided with Dexter McDougle, knocking the ball out.
“Guys get a little too excited and end up fighting the ball,” McLeod said with a laugh. “But that’s just us.”