3 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles fans can’t blame Carson Wentz for Week 1

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Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles defense wasn’t much better than its offense.

Perhaps Jalen Mills said it best. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz told his guys that there will be times where they’d need to be firemen, where they’d have to deal with a few untimely emergencies that they had no hand in creating. This unit is talented. There’s no denying that. Josh Sweat has game. So does Malik Jackson and Darius Slay. We all know how good Fletcher Cox is.

Something went wrong in Week 1 though. Maybe they were out of sync. Maybe they got caught up in a wave of emotion. Maybe, once Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry got hurt, this defense didn’t have anyone left that could create consistent pressure on the edge. Whatever the issue was, here’s what can’t be denied.

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Carson Wentz has to take better care of the ball, but it’s going to be hard to win very many games if Philly’s giving up 27 points. Then, there’s this. No one’s mentioning that they gave up 27 points to a reeling Washington team that couldn’t get anything done for most of the first half. Dwayne Haskins completed three of 12 passes before Wentz starting tossing picks. What are they going to do versus Lamar Jackson and all of those weapons that the Baltimore Ravens have?

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Sure, it would be ridiculous to say we’re totally absolving Carson Wentz of any wrongdoing, but if his teammates aren’t playing at an elite level, his line isn’t protecting him and his defense isn’t stopping anybody, this team won’t win a game in 2020, except for maybe the one that they play versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Then again, that isn’t a guarantee either.