By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One game in, the long-suffering Philadelphia fans dared to dream. So what if their Eagles won at home against the Cleveland Browns, who lose every game? Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz gave them hope, throwing for two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Two games in, the Wentz-for-Pro Bowl movement picked up steam. The win against the Chicago Bears was on the road. Wentz was solid again, throwing for another touchdown without an interception.

And now?

After the third game Sunday?

“He played like a freakin’ Hall of Famer today,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said.

No one here will argue after Wentz led the Eagles to a ridiculously easy 34-3 win even if Heyward was being sarcastic. By the time the Eagles play again Oct. 9 at Detroit after their off week, there will be a push for Wentz to make the All-Century team.

Why shouldn’t the lovable Philly fans believe after what Wentz did to the not-so-proud-at-the-moment Steelers defense?

That defense thinks it is good enough to win a Super Bowl and came into Lincoln Financial Field expecting to school the young rookie. Instead, it was Wentz who did the schooling, completing 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Of course, he wasn’t sacked and barely was touched. This is the Steelers defense that has just one sack after three games that we’re talking about, right? Wentz’s passer rating was 125.9, more than double of Ben Roethlisberger’s 62.4.

Exactly who was the Hall of Fame quarterback in this game?

“I thought he played great,” Roethlisberger said of Wentz. “Just look at the score.”