By Peter Gleason
Let’s be very clear.
The Bengals aren’t the cupcake on the Eagles schedule they looked like a month ago.
And Carson Wentz has sucked so far in two games.
So, don’t be surprised to see Jalen Hurts play a lot this Sunday at the Linc.
And maybe even at QB!
Pro Football Focus recently broke down the five teams with the most to gain or lose in Week 3 and the Birds landed high on the list at No. 2 behind the Houston Texans.
The Eagles — like the Texans — are a team that was thought to be a playoff contender entering the season but is trying to stave off an 0-3 start to the year. Unlike Houston, though, the quarterback position has been the major problem in Philadelphia.
There is no quarterback in the NFL right now with a lower passing grade than Carson Wentz (42.7), and he’s one of just two quarterbacks who has seen over 30% of his targeted passes get charted as uncatchable through two weeks.
It would be one thing if it were just inaccuracy, but Wentz is also giving defenses ample opportunity to get the ball back for their offense. His eight turnover-worthy plays are the most in the NFL.
PFF’s Mike Renner looked a little bit deeper into what was wrong with Wentz and the Eagles’ offense this past week, and there’s a lot to unpack.
Even in a weak NFC East, they need to figure things out quickly to realize their hopes of getting back to the postseason.
Luckily for them, a banged-up Cincinnati Bengals’ defense that just got rolled by the Cleveland Browns is a good opportunity to do so. Cleveland was in a similar spot after a disappointing 2019 season and opening performance against the Baltimore Ravens. Philadelphia has a lot riding on being able to follow suit and get their rhythm back offensively.