From Wentz they came

Ea­gles start­ing to re­cap­ture Su­per Bowl-win­ning form while Wash­ing­ton lose another QB

Sport360 - - Nfl - By Dan Gil­lott @Sport360 ✉ [email protected]

Car­son Wentz came out fir­ing and fin­ished with two touch­down passes as the Philadel­phia Ea­gles looked to be back in top form with a 28-13 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins.

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons have clawed their way back into the hunt for first place in the NFC East as Wentz looked like his old self and tight end Zach Ertz con­tin­ued to en­joy a ca­reer year.

“It is big to come out here and get a win against a di­vi­sional op­po­nent,” said Wentz.

“We had our backs against the wall for a lit­tle bit but we are a re­silient team.

“We def­i­nitely left some plays out there, but we are com­ing to­gether and putting the right things on tape.

“We feel we got a lot of weapons that we can pass ball to. We never try to em­pha­sise one guy.”

But if they did, it a good bet they would key on Ertz, who is com­pil­ing one of the best sea­sons ever for a tight end in the league.

“We were des­per­ate to win these last two weeks,” said Ertz, whose catches and yardage to­tals are both ca­reer highs. “The sea­son wasn’t go­ing how we wanted when we were 4-6, but there wasn’t any panic.”

The Ea­gles (6-6) won con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Su­per Bowl vic­tory over the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

Wentz fin­ished 27 of 39 for 306 yards. He led the Ea­gles to a score on their open­ing drive. He con­nected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard pass down the side­line and fin­ished the drive with a six-yard toss and run to Tate again.

The short­handed Red­skins con­tinue to be snakebit at quar­ter­back. On Mon­day, they lost backup quar­ter­back Colt McCoy to a se­ri­ous right leg in­jury in his sec­ond game re­plac­ing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula on Novem­ber 18.

Vet­eran Mark Sanchez took his place, but couldn’t get the of­fence mov­ing the way coach Jay Gru­den would have liked.

“Our job is to get him ready and find a pack­age of plays he is com­fort­able with and he can han­dle,” Gru­den said.

“Our of­fence has to step up around him and make it eas­ier for him.”

Gru­den said af­ter the game that McCoy likely frac­tured his fibula and will miss the rest of the sea­son.

Adrian Peter­son ran 90 yards for a touch­down on Sanchez’s first play, giv­ing the Red­skins a 10-7 lead. It was the long­est run Philadel­phia has al­lowed in fran­chise his­tory but Wash­ing­ton’s lead didn’t last long.

Dustin Hop­kins kicked field goals of 47 and 44 yards for Wash­ing­ton.

“The sea­son wasn’t go­ing how we wanted but there wasn’t any panic” – Ertz

Let­ting fly: Philadel­phia hadn’t won back-to-back games since the Su­per Bowl.

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