WENTZ PLAYS GAME OF HIS LIFE! EAGLES SMACK CARDS 34-7!

By Steve Kelly

It’s only Week 5 in the NFL, but it’s hard not to start believing in this Eagles team.

Especially the way they played today at the Linc.

They blew out the Arizona Cardinals 34-7.

Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, spreading the scoring passes to four different receivers to lead the Eagles to their third straight victory.

The defense neutralized nemesis Larry Fitzgerald and the special teams gashed the Cardinals with Kenjon Barner in the return game, and blocked a field goal. For the second straight game, Wentz took a knee in victory formation.

The Eagles are 4-1 and play Thursday night in Carolina.

Wentz through his third touchdown pass, a 72-yarder to Nelson Agholor, to stake the Eagles to a 31-7 lead with 6:16 left in the third quarter.

Trey Burton, Zach Ertz and Torrey Smith had the other scoring grabs.

Wentz’s sizzling start featured a perfect 158.3 rating and three TD passes in the first frame.

Wentz, after completing 7 of 9 attempts for 121 yards in the first quarter, including a 59-yard scoring bomb to Smith, was just 5-for-9 for 31 yards with one interception the rest of the first half.

Cardinals counterpart Carson Palmer got it going and wound up firing a TD pass to John Brown to cut the gap to 21-7.

The Cardinals lined up for a 51-yard field goal late in the half but Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson ran around the edge to block it.

Though the Eagles increased their lead to 24-7 in the third quarter, Wentz didn’t look like he was moving well. He’d been sacked once and taken a few hits in the first half. Wentz wasn’t throwing the ball anything like he did compiling a 13.4 yards-per-attempt average in the first half. But that changed in a second when he threw deep for Agholor, who beat Bubba Baker, and then embarrassed him with a couple of jukes after the catch.

Wentz got off to a spectacular start completing 5 of 7 attempts for 51 yards with a 131.5 rating on the Eagles’ first possession. The 54-yard scoring drive set the tone for the day. It ended with a perfectly thrown 15-yard fade to Burton, who lined up in the slot. Wentz was surgical on a 16-yard completion to Alshon Jeffery on the drive.

Meanwhile Kenjon Barner was tearing it up in the return game. Barner returned Andy Lee’s first punt 19 yards. Barner ran the second one back 76 yards, Lee tripping him up at the Cardinals’ 15.

That set up Wentz’s 11-yard scoring pass to Ertz, on a slant, for a 14-0 Eagles advantage.

It was all over but the arithmetic when Smith beat the Cardinals deep for a 21-0 lead with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Smith ran a long crossing route on cornerback Justin Bethel, who was expecting safety help.

It was tough to be critical of the Eagles although you could blame Robinson for dropping what could have been two interceptions in Cardinals territory.

Rookie Derek Barnett lined up in the neutral zone and later was flagged for roughing the passer.

Brandon Graham, who had a sack, was flagged for a facemask penalty.

The Eagles executed their game plan well enough that Fitzgerald – their personal tormentor – didn’t catch a pass until the third quarter. It was the 200th straight game Fitzgerald had at least one reception.

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