Back in April when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the second spot in the NFL Draft Philly fans and NFL fans were stunned by a blockbuster trade. The Eagles sent the Cleveland Browns two first round picks, a second rounder, and a third and fourth round pick; then, when the team selected quarterback Carson Wentz second overall fans were still stunned since the organization had just signed quarterback Sam Bradford to an extension.
Fast forward to Week Two of the NFL season; Bradford is on the Vikings and Wentz is under center for the Eagles as he’s led the Philadelphia to an 2-0 start after taking down the Chicago Bears last night 29-14. Wentz isn’t just winning though; he’s winning in historic fashion. Wentz became the fifth rookie quarterback to start for his team and go 2-0, but Wentz is the first rookie QB in NFL history to go 2-0 without committing any turnovers. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says Wentz is approaching the game as a veteran so far. Part of what makes Wentz so effective is his ability to read when the defense is bringing pressure, which is often where he shines.
Carson Wentz is now 11-of-13 for 115 yards and a TD against 5 or more rushers this season (no sacks)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 20, 2016
The Eagles struck first in this game as Wentz led them down the field on the game’s opening drive. Wentz converted a key fourth down play, but the Eagles still had to settle for a field goal from former Gator Caleb Sturgis, one of three he hit in the game. Getting into a groove early gave Wentz confidence for later in the game.
Chicago would take the lead early in the second quarter on a one yard rush by Jeremy Langford, but the Eagles responded by scoring 26 unanswered points. Ryan Matthews ran two in for scores and Wentz threw one touchdown to former Gator Trey Burton.
Wentz only threw for 190 yards, but was effective completing 21 of 34 passes and throwing for the one score. This is the third time in the last five seasons the Eagles have started 2-0, but they’ve won each game by 14 points. The last 13 teams to start 2-0 with each win by a margin of at least 14 points has gone on to make the playoffs. Up next for the Dirty Birds is an in-state match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kick off for that game is set for 4:25 p.m.