Eagles: A look at Carson Wentz’s big day and Zach Ertz’s career year
The Carson Wentz-to-Zach Ertz connection continues to pay huge dividends for the Eagles. Week 12’s win over the New York Giants is evidence of that.
Both Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz have answered a ton of questions over the course of the last two seasons. Every member of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ brass and all of their fans have asked them. Let’s go back to the 2016 season for Wentz.
Even before he took an NFL snap, the questions began. Did Philly get their franchise signal caller? That one got answered quickly. Then, after his sophomore season ended with an injury, the focus shifted to what he’d look like when he stepped on the field again.
Throw out an ugly, three-interception performance against the New Orleans Saints, and you can argue that this season has been better than the one he had in 2017. It just doesn’t seem like it because the most important stats in the current NFL are wins and losses, and this season, Philly’s lost more than they’ve won.
A win against the hated New York Giants on Sunday eased the minds of the Eagles and their fans a little, and both Wentz and Ertz were brilliant again.
Take a look at Wentz’s big day:
Oh, we didn’t spend enough time on Ertz. Did we?
For Zach Ertz, the questions were different. We all knew he had talent, but there was one glaring issue. He had a tendency to disappear from time to time. Then, he’d show up and play big against the Giants.
Prior to the 2017 season, a different type of question was asked. What happens if Ertz shows up for an entire season? What if we took those performances against New York, and we extrapolated them over the course of 16 games. Last year, we got our answer.
Most of us will never forget him diving into the end zone on Super Bowl Sunday. This season, the great moments have continued. In Week 12, he had another great showing. Sure, it was against the Giants again, but trust us on this one. The issues with inconsistency are behind us.
Just take a look at this Tweet from John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Perhaps the new issue in Philly is finding someone besides Ertz and Alshon Jeffery to help Wentz in the passing game. Don’t look now, but it’s starting to feel like, if Wentz can’t find them, things aren’t going to go right. That, however, is another topic for another day.