The Washington Post
Wentz gets the victory in up-and-down debut
Carson Wentz threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns to overcome a pair of fourthquarter interceptions in the Washington Commanders’ 28-22 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The quarterback’s career in Washington got off to an inauspicious start when he sailed a pass intended for a wide-open receiver on the Commanders’ first play from scrimmage. The 29-year-old seemed to settle into a rhythm after that, leading touchdown drives on Washington’s first two possessions, a feat the franchise hadn’t accomplished since 1991. Wentz finished the first half 16 for 22 with 171 yards, and the Commanders had a 14-3 lead. It wouldn’t be that easy.
Washington’s offense stalled in the second half, and on back-toback plays in the fourth quarter Wentz made the type of disastrous decisions that have led to questions about whether he’s the long-term answer at quarterback. First, he stared down rookie Jahan Dotson on a sideline route, allowing cornerback Tyson Campbell to jump in front of the pass for an easy interception. On Wentz’s next attempt, rookie linebacker Travon Walker snatched his screen pass intended for Antonio Gibson.
Wentz shook off the mistakes and rallied the Commanders to a stirring win, connecting with Terry Mclaurin on a 49-yard touchdown and capping a 90-play drive with a 24-yard strike to Dotson with 1:46 to play.