Strong Performances from Carson Wentz are Going to Waste
There are a number of factors on both offense and defense that are reasons for the Eagles' inconsistent start to the 2019 season.
Drops, penalties, poor coaching, a weak secondary, etc.
One factor that is not holding this team back is the play of Carson Wentz.
An argument can be made that Wentz has had his best performances this season in losses. In Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it was likely his best game in two years.
Wentz had a vintage performance that provided every example of why the organization gave up so much in 2016 to move up for him at second overall.
Escaping extreme amounts of pressure, breaking tackles, making pin-point passes down the field on the run and while maneuvering the pocket, it was masterful work from the fourth-year signal caller.
Against one of the most talented defenses in the NFL, Wentz completed a season-high 65% of his passes, throwing for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns.
He also completed five 20+ yard completions including a 30+ yard touchdown pass to RB Miles Sanders and another 40+ yard completion to Sanders.
Despite being down 24-3, Wentz found a way to make it a one-score game but his coaches, defense, and play-makers failed to come through for him.
Head Coach Doug Pederson made a number head-scratching calls on third and fourth down, including the decision to go for a fake field goal on 4th & 4 rather than put the ball in your best players's hands.
The defense could not keep any momentum Wentz gave them after erasing a 24-3 first half deficit.
Specifically Defensive Coordinator Jim Scwartz and the secondary.
Don't forget about the drops.
Four more drops added onto a league-high 12 drops on the season. 16 drops now in six games.
This has been a key theme in all three losses.
Wentz puts the team on his back, pulls the Eagles within one score, and his supporting cast falls short.
Against the Falcons Week 2 on Sunday Night Football, Week 3 vs Detroit, and this past Sunday in Minnesota.
Two drops from Nelson Agholor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside on final drives holds Philadelphia back from being 5-1.
The Eagles have failed to take advantage of these stellar performances from their franchise quarterback.
If there is a silver lining in these losses it might be just that. The Eagles have a quarterback that keeps them in every game regardless of circumstance.
Other teams like the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys can't say the same thing.
While Philadelphia's 100-million-dollar man looks to be worth every penny, the play of Jared Goff and Dak Prescott might make those teams regret the money they have or will pay their quarterbacks.