Wentz, Ea­gles im­prove to 5-1

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CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — Car­son Wentz con­tin­ues to show poise beyond his years in his sec­ond NFL sea­son.

Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touch­downs against one of the NFL’s top de­fenses, and the Philadel­phia Ea­gles beat the Carolina Pan­thers 28-23 on Thurs­day night to im­prove to an NFC-best 5-1.

The Ea­gles turned two in­ter­cep­tions deep in Carolina ter­ri­tory into 15 points. Wentz teamed with Zach Ertz on two touch­down passes, and LeGar­rette Blount scored on a two-point con­ver­sion run for an 18-10 lead in the third quar­ter. Wentz added a 24-yard scor­ing pass to Nel­son Agholor in the fourth quar­ter.

“He’s a great leader of this foot­ball team, even in his sec­ond year,” Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “Guys re­ally re­spect the way he plays. It’s ex­cit­ing to see that.”

Cam New­ton threw three in­ter­cep­tions for Carolina (4-2).

The first two in­ter­cep­tions came in­side Carolina’s 20 but weren’t New­ton’s fault. He was hit by Fletcher Cox as he re­leased one pass, and run­ning back Jonathan Stewart bob­bled an­other pass re­sult­ing in a pick. New­ton’s third in­ter­cep­tion — by Jalen Mills with 3:06 left — ended a chance for the goa­head score.

Carolina had one last shot to win but turned it over on downs at mid­field.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we had the op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said. “We can’t kick field goals and beat good teams. We can’t turn the ball over and not take it away.”

Pan­thers mid­dle line­backer Luke Kuechly was placed into the con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter he crum­pled fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Ea­gles pulling guard Bran­don Brooks.

Kuechly missed nine games over the past two sea­sons with two con­cus­sions. All of the Ea­gles’ touch­downs came af­ter Kuechly left the game late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Streeter Lecka Getty Im­ages

NEL­SON AGHOLOR cel­e­brates a fourth-quar­ter Ea­gles touch­down with Al­shon Jef­fery.

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