Carson Wentzmania got even bigger this week, as the Eagles went into Chicago and beat up on the Bears, 29-14. Carson Wentz has played two games and, so far, he can do no wrong.
Wentz went 21-for-34 for 190 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s win. Coach Doug Pederson says Wentz is playing like a 10-year vet. The Eagles had the best point differential in the league after Week 2. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2014. They are going to the Super Bowl, baby!
Okay, they’re not Super Bowl-bound. But people are excited about the Eagles rookie QB. Wentz’s hot start has the bootleggers going wild: Hustlers were selling bootleg Wentz T-shirts on two different Center City corners this morning, and online there are a ton of Wentz bootleg jerseys of various styles and colors.
Which brings us to a website I came across earlier this week: NFLJerseyOutlet.com. Designed to look like the NFL’s official website, this bootleg site has some of the worst NFL jerseys I’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
Now that Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season is over, let’s take a look at the updated standings in our weekly NFL game predictions. Chris is in the lead while Brandon and the readers are tied at the bottom.
Every Thursday, the Birds 24/7 staff will predict the winners of each and every game. We’re also inviting you, the readers, to get involved by voting in the polls below. We’ll take your favorites to win each game and log them in the “Readers” column in the prediction table. We’ll tally the results along the way and see who comes out on top at the end of the season. Feel free to post your own predictions or discuss the writer predictions in the comments. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz was often linked to Ben Roethlisberger as a pro comparison. At least one scout is on the record for believing the two quarterbacks share similarities. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t seem to disagree. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 after beating the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football by a final score of 29 to 14. Here’s a look at 10 things to be learned from this game. Read more »
Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)
The Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL schedule continues this week as the team is set to play the Chicago Bears in a Monday Night Football game. The Eagles are trying to stay undefeated after getting off to a 1-0 start by beating the Browns last week.
Everyone is interested to see what Carson Wentz can do in Chicago after looking very impressive in his first NFL start. The Wentz hype has been running high this week. The 23-year-old quarterback won Rookie of the Week honors, saw his jersey instantly become a top-seller, and even got a shout-out from President Barack Obama. Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
A number of NFL players from different teams have joined Colin Kaepernick in making demonstrations during the national anthem since the 49ers quarterback sat down while the song was being played prior to a 49ers preseason game. To this point, no members of the Eagles have joined Kaepernick in protest. That just might change this week, however, as the Birds prepare to play against the Bears on Monday Night Football. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been named NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance in Philadelphia’s Week 1 win over the Browns. Wentz beat out Will Fuller, Sterling Shepard, Tajae Sharp, and Carl Nassib to take home the award. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
One of the most memorable throws from Carson Wentz’s first NFL start was not one of his two touchdown passes.
Make no mistake, those were stellar as well. But the way Wentz stood tall in the pocket and took a big hit on fourth-and-four right after delivering a strike to Zach Ertz over the middle for a first down was nothing short of impressive. The moment was a demonstration of Wentz’s poise and toughness.
When asked to compare Wentz to quarterbacks he’s worked with in his career, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich cited the team’s fourth down conversion as a moment that reminded him of the past.
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Jon Dorenbos. (Jeff Fusco)
Finishing in third place on America’s Got Talent was obviously not the goal for Jon Dorenbos. Naturally, the Eagles’ long snapper was disappointed he didn’t win. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying the great run he had on the NBC show. Read more »
Photo | Jeff Fusco
The moment I realized people had lost their minds over Carson Wentz did not come when President Obama referenced him in the opening of his speech at Eakins Oval on Tuesday. It came a few hours later when I was in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center for SmackDown Live, a weekly WWE show.
A jobber came out to the ring for a non-televised match. He claimed to be wresting in his hometown of Philadelphia. “We have the Liberty Bell,” he said, “we have the cheesesteak, and we finally have a quarterback!” Later, a fan in the crowd had a WENTZ sign, which popped up on TV.
If both professional wrestlers and the president of the United States are picking up on the Carson Wentz hype enough to mention it in their speeches, you know people are excited. But it goes beyond that. Wearing a bootleg Wentz shirsey on the subway last night, I got high-fived by five different strangers. My neighbor and I had our longest conversation ever about Wentz. When I ordered a pizza Sunday after the game, the delivery man and I talked about Carson Wentz for two minutes. I don’t even think we said anything notable. “Wow, what a first start!” “It was pretty good.” “I’m excited.” “I’m excited, too.” I even caught a “How ’bout them Birds” from an Eagles fan while walking through the city.
There is hard evidence of fans’ excitement, too. Carson Wentz jerseys are the top-seller in the NFL since Sunday. Yes, the city is going bonkers over a guy who has done one thing in his NFL career: throw two touchdown passes against the Browns. Read more »