When you look at the way Carson Wentz has played at Lincoln Financial Field, you have to get excited about the Philadelphia Eagles chances versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Week 5 in the NFL is upon us, and that means Carson Wentz will lead the Philadelphia Eagles into an early must-win game versus the Minnesota Vikings. With a win, Philly can erase some of the heartbreak that they and their fans felt from an excruciating loss a week ago in Nashville. A loss means ‘The Birds’ fall to 2-3 with a 1-2 record in the NFC.
That’s not the desired start for a team looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Eagles get this one at home. That’s a good thing, especially when you consider how Wentz has fared in home games.
Here are five stats on QB1 at home that should put a smile on your face.
Okay, last season we were calling this guy an MVP candidate right? Let’s see how he’s done in his last six home games.
1. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is 18-4.
This is a big one. It’s simple mathematics. Yes, interceptions will be thrown in the NFL, but the goal will always be to throw more touchdowns than interceptions.
To a lot of head coaches and quarterbacks coaches, the goal is a 3-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. You won’t get too many complaints over seeing 18 touchdowns and four interceptions on the stat line.
2. He has a 110.9 quarterback rating over that time.
This is a result of that 18-4 ratio. Again, you aren’t going to get a ton of complaints about this.
3. He’s thrown for 1,464 yards over that time.
That averages out to about 244 pass yards per game. That’s also a tip of the cap because Philly’s been pretty balanced on offense. Say it with us. Wentz doesn’t need any more games with 50 pass attempts.
If Philly’s balanced, Wentz will be successful.
4. The Eagles are 6-0 over that six-game stretch.
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This is the most important stat of them all. Who won the game? Let’s hope we’re discussing Wentz’s 7-0 record in his last seven home games after Week 5 concludes.
5. The Eagles have the best winning percentage at home since 2016.
Football is a team game. While Wentz can’t totally be credited for Philly’s home record over the last two seasons plus, it is what it is. No other NFL team has a better winning percentage than ‘The Birds’ do since 2016, and QB1 is a big reason for that.
Philly can’t commit the dumb penalties. We know that. ‘The Birds’ can’t afford to have Wentz under constant duress like he was a week ago versus the Tennessee Titans. If Wentz is upright, and he has time, the Eagles can win.
If he’s constantly a victim of a Vikings blitz, if the Eagles can’t prevent the Vikings from converting on third down (or fourth), and if the Eagles’ defensive line can’t find their way to Kirk Cousins, it will be a long day (and the Eagles will, indeed, be 2-3 after five weeks).