Cox and Wentz con­tinue Birds’ win­ning ways

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

Fletcher Cox and Car­son Wentz en­sured that the Ea­gles’ good times keep rolling — even dur­ing a bye week.

Cox, the Birds’ fifth-year de­fen­sive tackle, was named NFC De­fen­sive Player of the Month for the first time in his ca­reer Thurs­day, while quar­ter­back Wentz was tabbed as the NFL’s Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Month.

Cox had three sacks in Septem­ber, in­clud­ing a pair in the Ea­gles’ 34-3 win over the Steel­ers on Sun­day. Cox has con­trib­uted 11 tack­les, in­clud­ing nine so­los, and forced a fum­ble over three games.

Wentz, mean­while, fol­lowed up his NFC Of­fen­sive Player of the Week honor with a league-wide award for first-year play­ers.

The 23-year-old is the first quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory to start his ca­reer 3-0 with­out com­mit­ting a turnover. The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has com­pleted 66 of 102 passes (64.7 per­cent) for 769 yards and five touch­downs. His 102 con­sec­u­tive pass­ing at­tempts with­out an in­ter­cep­tion is also a league record.

With the team’s sur­pris­ingly im­pres­sive start, Cox wasn’t the only Ea­gle to ex­cel on de­fense.

De­fen­sive end Bran­don Gra­ham notched three sacks in the month, forced a fum­ble, re­cov­ered a fum­ble and pro­duced eight tack­les, in­clud­ing two for loss.

Cox and Gra­ham, among oth­ers, are tied for fifth in the league in sacks.

Safety Rod­ney McLeod also had a big month with 13 tack­les, in­clud­ing one for a loss, three passes bro­ken up and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins had 10 tack­les, in­clud­ing a sack, and de­fended four passes for the Ea­gles, who have al­lowed a league-low 27 points.

The Ea­gles are one of five teams to win their first three games. Ac­cord­ing to NFL fig­ures, since 1990, 75.6 per­cent of teams that started 3-0 made the play­offs.

MICHAEL PEREZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ea­gles de­fen­sive tackle Fletcher Cox, shown tak­ing down Browns quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III in the sea­son opener, was named the NFC De­fen­sive Player of the Month.

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