The Philadelphia Eagles trounced the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Oct. 12 2017. This solidifies Philly’s status as a serious contender in the NFC East. Here’s what the NFL 2017 week 6 Eagles-Panthers matchup showed.
Carson Wentz dominates
Throughout the preseason, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was lauded for his poise under pressure. But the regular season differs a lot from preseason. Wentz remains strong, even improving. Although Wentz didn’t begin the game too strong, he rapidly bounced back. At the end of the game, Wentz emerged at 16 of 30 for 222 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. That’s a solid stat line.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked superb, and though Carolina fell short, it’s not really Newton’s fault. The Eagles defensive line brought a lot of heat, with Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham, and Mychal Kendricks ensuring Netwon couldn’t rest in the pocket.
Let’s be Blount
Two words: LeGarrette. Blount. After the Eagles-Chiefs game, Blount really exploded. Early on, Blount ran for excellent yardage. Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery completed early first downs which helped build momentum. Tight end Zach Ertz proved instrumental in two touch downs.
Fletcher Cox is back
After missing two games, Fletcher Cox returned and really beasted. Cox took it to Trai Turner, no small feat. In past years, staying healthy proved the biggest detriment to the Eagles’ success down the line. Thankfully, Cox is healthy, and aside from Darren Sproles, Philly is looking largely healthy for the season.
The Eagles advance to 5-1 and face division rival Washington on Monday, Oct. 23. By moving to 5-1, the Eagles clearly exhibit that they’re serious division, and playoff, contenders, not merely riding the hype.