Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer
Carson Wentz is going to have to play transcendent football if the Philadelphia Eagles are to overcome the slew of injuries on offense and make a playoff push down the stretch.
That was not the case in the Eagles' 17-10 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, as Wentz finished 20-of-39 for 214 yards and a touchdown. He had a ton working against him. Not only was he down top receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson and lead back Jordan Howard entering the game, but lost right tackle Lane Johnson to a head injury in the second quarter. The Patriots defense teed off, sacking Wentz five times and registering 11 QB hits as a depleted Eagles offense managed just 3.9 yards per play.
It falls on Wentz to thrive amid the adversity and make everyone around him better, as other top-end quarterbacks, like his counterpart Sunday, have done over their careers. That might be a tall order, or even unfair, but these are the moments that franchise QBs have to find a way to get it done.