3 Keys to a Philadelphia Eagles win versus Cincinnati in Week 3

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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1. The Philadelphia Eagles need to roll Carson Wentz out of the pocket.

This one seems familiar, doesn’t it? That’s because this was one of the things that ITI suggested needed to happen last week, and we’ll keep saying it until the Eagles do it more often. Doug Pederson can’t continue to keep Wentz in the pocket when his footwork is poor. Whatever is happening with Press Taylor and Wentz during the week needs to change because Wentz’s mechanics should not be regressing in year five.

However, on game day, it’s Doug’s job to put Carson and this team in the best position to win football games with his playcalling. When Wentz is throwing high or behind receivers, Pederson needs to adjust and get Carson on the move where he is not going to have to worry as much about the proper footwork. This offensive line did play well last week but Philly will need to see more consistency out of them. Rolling Wentz out of the pocket can make their job a little bit easier.

On the interception Wentz threw when targeting J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in Week 2, many thought that Wentz threw into double coverage and that J.J. ran a poor route. The film revealed that ‘JJAW’ was actually open. He didn’t run a great route but had a step on his man. Wentz had an extremely wide base and once again was overstriding. That led to a throw that didn’t lead ‘JJAW’ towards the open area in the back of the endzone. Thus, the ball landed in the arms of the corner who ‘JJAW’ had actually beaten.

Wentz needs to realize he doesn’t need to be superman, but at the same time, it would help if Doug rolled him out because every time he does, there seem to be better results. It would certainly boost Wentz’s confidence after a rough first two weeks. Sean McVay has been rolling Jared Goff out, and it’s been a thing of beauty. Eagles fans saw that firsthand a week ago. Doug Pederson needs to do the same with his franchise quarterback.