Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ex-Eagles scapegoat “Moose” out, Carson Wentz sets record

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The Philadelphia Eagles rested Sunday preparing for Monday Night Football. Players probably watched some of their old starters excel in Week 2, just like the rest of us

For example: Nelson Agholor made a highlight reel catch for the Patriots. The guy once framed for alligator guns in Philly was the bully for the Patriots. He went up and put a Randy Moss pull on Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon for a 44-yard touchdown.

Agholor stole it Grown man style. Looking like New England’s top deep threat, he reclaimed his mojo after a mediocre 3-catch, 28-yard effort in Week 1. Agholor caught 6 passes for 110 yards and scored one goal in Week 2, earning him praise from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

“Yeah, he’s been good all year,” Belichick told reporters. “Yeah, I mean, I don’t think you want to judge guys by a play or a game. He got a lot of snaps and has really been one of our most consistent players this year.”

The Washington Commanders fell to 1-1 last year after losing to Detroit 36-27. Quarterback Carson Wentz dealt in the third quarter, connecting on back-to-back touchdown throws and pulling his team to within 7 points. It wasn’t quite enough to overcome all the flaws.

In the first quarter, Wentz fumbled in his own end zone and gave the lions 2 points on a bag lock. He also threw an expensive pickaxe on a pass intended for Logan Thomas early in the third quarter.

ESPN noted that Wentz became the “first quarterback since at least 1950 to throw for 300 yards and at least three touchdown passes in his first two starts on new teams.” He went 30 of 46 against the Lions for 337 passing yards and 3 hits. After Sunday’s game, attention turned to next week when Wentz and the Commanders host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Everyone remembers how messy that divorce was, right? It was really uncomfortable at times. When asked about his initial thoughts on the upcoming revenge game, Wentz replied: “Just one more game.”

Scanning the box scores in week 2 revealed many familiar faces. Mack Hollins was a favorite magnet for Derek Carr in Las Vegas, where he aimed for the former Eagles wideout eight times. Hollins caught 5 balls for 66 yards to lead all of the Raiders’ receivers.

In the same game, Zach Ertz made 8 catches for 75 yards on 11 goals. He moved in huge 16-yard winner on the 3rd and 6th end of the third quarter. Then Ertz caught up with a security guard failed 4th-and-1 conversion. Kyler Murray’s pass sailed too high for him.

The Cardinals rallied to beat the Raiders 29-23 in overtime. Ertz was the big man when it came to receptions and reception areas.

Jacksonville delivered one of the biggest upsets of the weekend. Doug Pederson led the Jaguars to a 24-0 win over Indianapolis – their 8th straight home win in the AFC South Series – and picked up a ball from veteran Marvin Jones. It marked Pederson’s first dub since the Jacksonville takeover.

“We celebrate as a team. I appreciate that,” Pederson said via ESPN. “It will definitely go on the mantel in the house.”

Pederson’s new cover piece came at the expense of Frank Reich, his one-time offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. The Colts have made a disappointing 0-1-1 start under Nick Sirianni’s old boss. Don’t look now: Reich could be in the hot seat.

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