Cardinals' defense breaks down, gets picked apart by Wentz

Kyle Adam Maraghy

Kyle Adam Maraghy

If he remains out, expect Blount to have another big workload against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.

The Eagles are rolling today: Carson Wentz threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter as the Eagles built a 21-0 lead against the Cardinals. Each touchdown came from the right arm of Carson Wentz, the second-year quarterback from North Dakota State who set a new career high with four touchdowns on Sunday.

"He's an intelligent guy. He's understands his capabilities", McNabb said. He works extremely hard. "You can't focus on anything on the outside", McNabb said with a stern look on his face. He took it to another level Sunday, setting career highs in completions (11), yards (225) and touchdowns (3) on third down, per ESPN Stats & Information research, while also showing improvement on the deep ball.

Wentz decided after just one full season that one full season wasn't enough. As a rookie, Wentz struggled with fumbles and interceptions, but so far, he's thrown just three picks and lost only one fuble.

- After surrendering 30-plus points for the second consecutive week, the Dallas defense is now allowing 26.4 points per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL. Despite tallying the sixth-most attempts, Philadelphia has converted 53 percent of its third-down tries.

When we talk about a team's identity, I think of it meaning a style of playing that doesn't change week-to-week and doesn't depend on the opponent and doesn't even depend on what players you have in uniform that day. It's impossible to guarantee a Super Bowl or years of postseason success, but having a young, cheap elite quarterback is certainly a good start. We're staying on the field. All the Cardinals' current issues were laid bare - a failure to run, problems on the offensive line, an inability to score, giving up too many big plays - and then you add it a breakdown on third down defense.

Wentz led the Eagles on another touchdown drive before the quarter ended.

In Week 5's dominating win over the Cardinals, he threw for his first four touchdown game and quieted almost every doubter.

The Eagles once again had an effective running game.

"To be that efficient, that's huge", Wentz said. But 52 of the 99 points they've surrendered have come in the fourth quarter. This year, he looks like an entirely different quarterback, and his receiving and running back corps have become tremendous assets rather than crippling liabilities.

The Jacksonville Jaguars shocked many on Sunday as they traveled to Pittsburgh and stomped the Steelers. It's unclear if Wendell Smallwood (knee) will return on a short week.

Just one of Donnie Jones' three punts was returned, and for only seven yards.

"I saw the ball in the air so I turned up another gear to go track it", Agholor said.

Wentz still has a long way to go before he reaches his full potential, and that's what makes all of this exciting.

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