1. Carson Wentz: ‘I can be better. I know I will be’
Quarterback Carson Wentz turned the ball over four times – two interceptions, two lost fumbles – in Sunday night’s 23-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’m not good enough. I’m pumped we got the win, but I’m going to have to watch the tape and I’m a little frustrated with how I played and how we’ve left some plays out there, left some points out there, and missed some big opportunities. I can be better. I know I will be,” said Wentz, who was 15-of-2 for 123 yards with two touchdowns.
“I would say the same thing for this far in the season. I’m pumped that we’re at the top of our division, that we’re heading into this bye week, but halfway through the year I know I can play better and a lot of it’s just coming down to taking care of the football. I feel like I’m still the same aggressive guy that’s going to pull the trigger and I never want to change that. But (it’s about) being smart and putting it in the right spot.”
Here’s a breakdown of the four turnovers:
• On the offense’s opening drive, Wentz held the ball for far too long and was strip-sacked by Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson. The Cowboys, ahead 3-0, were in position to extend the lead with the ball at the Eagles’ 25-yard line until Brandon Graham forced quarterback Ben DiNucci to fumble the ball on a second-and-goal situation.
• On the Eagles’ first drive of the second quarter, the Eagles went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Cowboys’ 44-yard line. Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch blitzed and nailed Wentz, forcing a fumble.
• Late in the first half, following a roughing the passer penalty on defensive end Randy Gregory, Wentz took a shot in the end zone on a pass intended for rookie Jalen Reagor that was intercepted by another rookie corner Trevon Diggs along the sideline.
• On the first drive of the second half, Wentz went deep to rookie John Hightower and Diggs made another impressive catch over the shoulder. Wentz said that he and Hightower were not on the same page. The gusty winds also could have played a factor.
Fortunately, the Cowboys turned the four turnovers into just three points. The Cowboys entered the game with just three forced turnovers all season. They had no interceptions since Week 1.
“We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to fix it. We’ve got to fix it in a hurry,” Head Coach Doug Pederson said. “We’ve got a chance to sit back and look at the first eight games and evaluate and try to come away with some ‘whys.’ But we just can’t keep turning the ball over and shooting ourselves in the foot, things we’ve got to clean up in the second half of the season.”