By Dave Schilling
on September 26th, 2016
The question of whether or not the Rams chose wisely by drafting Goff over Wentz is not quite answered. But a picture is beginning to emerge
I doubt I was the only one who went into this Sunday’s football spread expecting Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to Earth faster than the asteroid in Armageddon. After all, this was a rookie quarterback going against a proven defense and a veteran signal caller, Ben Roethlisberger, on offense. Plus, it wasn’t as though Wentz and company suffered much competition in weeks one and two. The Bears (who kept their losing streak going against the Dallas Cowboys) and woeful Browns hardly count as a challenge and are both likely already out of playoff contention. The Eagles might have had a harder time beating 11 Verne Troyers than the Bears or the Browns. But then came the Steelers game.
A proper, unmistakeable rout of the Steelers cements Wentz as a legitimate force to be reckoned with. Finishing with 23 completions out of 31 attempts, 301 yards, and two touchdowns, it would be foolish to presume that this is some kind of wacky fluke or charming underdog story. The Eagles truly and completely walked over a team that on paper should contend for the AFC championship. Before today, the Steelers were 19-2 against rookie quarterbacks. They were 2-0 this season, beating the Bengals and Washington — two teams that are legitimate playoff contenders. Wentz was not even supposed to be the Eagles starter, but his undeniable quality caused the Eagles to trade Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings — a team desperate for a veteran behind center after losing Teddy Bridgewater for the season.