Carson Wentz, QB
Some would go as far as to say this will be the biggest game of Carson Wentz’s career. Well, that assessment is correct. The Eagles season is officially on the line. If they lose, then playoff dreams are pretty much out the window. If they win, they survive to see another day as they attempt to make a run into the postseason.
Is Carson Wentz playing his best stretch of football right now? No, he’s not. That’s the point. We’ve seen some highs this season, and definitely have seen some lows. But this week, there’s absolutely no excuses. Wentz needs to put the team on his back and get the win by any means necessary.
That means if Wentz has to leave the pocket to run or stretch the play, then he better move out of the pocket. No more standing around and taking sacks. And if he has to get aggressive and chuck a 50/50 ball to one of his receivers (cough, cough, Alshon Jeffery), then he must take the chance and do it. Also, if the home run play simply isn’t there, just check it down.
Sometimes, Wentz tries to do too much and makes a poor decision instead of settling for a small, and quick pickup. Other times, he relies too heavily on getting the ball to Zach Ertz, rather than spreading it around. Last week was a perfect dose of every receiver getting some production in, and this week must be a similar game plan for the Eagles.
Except this time around, Wentz needs to pass with some consistency. Last week, he had some good throws, but he’s also missed some ‘gimmies’ as well. Mistakes need to be limited, as the season is on the line against a solid football team this week.