NFL roundup: Wentz is the real deal for the Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to get quarterback Carson Wentz, and that move has definitely paid off early in the 2016 NFL season.
The Philadelphia Eagles appeared to be heading into the 2016 NFL season with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback.
However, after Teddy Bridgewater blew up his knee in the preseason, the Eagles sent Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, and announced rookie Carson Wentz as their starter. That move has paid off for both teams, as Wentz and Bradford both have their teams at 3-0 in the early going.
The bigger story has been Wentz, who has become a legend overnight in Philadelphia. The young signal-caller has yet to throw an interception through three NFL starts, and has seemingly gotten better each week. Wentz led the Eagles to a huge victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, throwing for 301 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-3 victory.
After opening up the 2016 season with a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams have actually won their last two games. In Week 2, they barely squeaked by the Seattle Seahawks, picking up their first win in Los Angeles, 9-3. On Sunday, the Rams looked incredible on offense, scoring 37 points on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a weak NFC West, the Rams may actually make some noise in 2016.
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Staying in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks finally decided to play some offense this week, after managing just a field goal in Week 2 against the Rams. Russell Wilson sprained his MCL in the game, but still was able to throw for 243 yards and a score in a little over a half of football.
He left the game with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter, and was relieved by Trevone Boykin. Christine Michael had two touchdowns on the ground, and Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin each went over 100 yards in the air.
The Kansas City Chiefs defense came to play on Sunday, as they completely dominated the New York Jets offense. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw six interception in the game, including three in the end zone, as New York lost 24-3. The game was sealed on Fitzpatrick’s fifth interception, which was run back 55 yards by Derrick Johnson for the score. For the Jets, it may be back to the drawing board when it comes to their offensive gameplan.
During the preseason, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said the team’s quarterback job was up for grabs. The Broncos brought in Mark Sanchez to take the reins left by the retirement of Peyton Manning, but he was horrible in the preseason.
That led to Trevor Siemian winning the job, and on Sunday, he showed he may have what it takes to start in this league after all. Denver came into Sunday’s game at 2-0, but the wins were mostly due to their defense. On Sunday, Siemian went nuts, throwing for 312 yards and four touchdowns against a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense.
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