Carson Wentz made some NFL history on Monday as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears. The rookie quarterback from North Dakota State became the first rookie to win his first two games of the season without throwing an interception, which will likely make the Eagles NFL sportsbook betting favorites going into their next game.
Through the first two games of the season, Wentz is 43 of 71 passing for 468 yards and three touchdowns. After the game, Wentz said his performance is something the offense takes pride in, which is to protect the ball and to make smart decisions with the ball.
Wentz wasn’t the only member of the Eagles that looked good on Monday night, the team’s defense also played very well and helped to secure the win. The Eagles harassed Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler all night long and forced a fumble and interception before the quarterback left the game with a hand injury.
Through two weeks, the Eagles have forced four turnovers, which has helped them win games. Even though it has only been two games, the Eagles are surprisingly better than most people thought they would be this season.
In the offseason, the Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly and brought in Doug Peterson from Kansas City, where he had been coaching under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. After firing Kelly, the team also got rid of a lot of players that Kelly had signed, and were supposedly in a rebuilding mode.
With the poise Wentz has shown so far and the way the defense is currently playing, the Eagles might find a way to sneak into the playoffs, especially now that the Minnesota Vikings season just took a turn for the worse with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater sidelined for lengthy periods.
Doug Peterson told reporters that the team actually doesn’t talk a lot about turnovers, the coach said all they talk about is ball security and making smart decisions under pressure. Peterson also added that the thing his team is most proud about right now is that they don’t have any turnovers after two games.
Even when praising his young quarterback, Peterson didn’t go over the top. The coach acknowledged that Wentz played well enough to win, took care of the ball, and stood in the pocket as long as he could to make plays happen. Peterson said his young quarterback sees the field as well as a ten year veteran, and has shown that he has the maturity to play the position.
Jordan Matthews, who had 71 receiving yards against the Bears said that while Wentz’s performance so far has been great, the quarterback doesn’t put too much stock in to those types of things. Matthews added that regardless of the situation, Wentz always seems to remain poised.
After the game, Wentz said the coolest thing about the game for him was getting the win in Chicago, where his career started. A few months ago, he was the second overall pick in the draft, which was held in Chicago. Wentz said he thought about how cool it would be to come to Chicago a few months after the draft and leave with a win.