Surprising Eagles dominating both sides of the ball

I know it's a heady time in Philadelphia, what with watching Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to a 3-0 record.

"Wentz is playing so well, he's giving the fans something to root for", Hart said. "At the end of the day, it's three games and we still have 13 left to go". They were held to 29 rushing yards, which allowed the Eagles to dictate on the many second- and third-and-long situations.

Defensive end Brandon Graham has one sack in each of the first three games and is tied for the team lead with Fletcher Cox, who got to Ben Roethlisberger twice on Sunday.

"So we were thinking about something that represents both of us", said Matthews. He makes throws. He does the checks and the audibles. I am just happy.

Wentz tried not to check the scoreboard as he eyeballed a Steelers defense geared to stop the run.

What the Steelers didn't realize is how much better Wentz is after making halftime adjustments. Roethlisberger was sacked four times, once on back-to-back plays in the third quarter in which he lost a fumble.

Wentz connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard, catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson just went there. The issues they had in this game are fixable. Watch how he navigates the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield on the third quarter touchdown pass to Sproles, a play set up by his feet and his head.

"I was reading the other side of the field, somebody stepped across my face from the Steelers and I just stepped up and turned into scramble mode. Any time that you can put it in the hands of 43, something special can happen on any play".

Now the Steelers have to go about figuring out how to fix a multitude of problems that surfaced against the Eagles.

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has played better than anyone could have ever expected and owns a 103.7 passer rating while completing almost 65 percent of his passes. Wentz wasn't sacked. In fact he was only hit hard once. The players that you may have thought were toddlers depending on breast milk and formula, now have a full set of teeth.

"I think he's going to be fine", he said. "So the preparation really helps the game slow down". Everything was from the pocket and clean.

"I think we all have a selfish streak in us, but I think he has a little bit less of a selfish streak than most people, and right now that's a good thing for us and it's a good thing for his leadership. And I like how it's unfolding". Believe it or not, the exciting, explosive Steelers produced only a field goal while the Eagles remained flawless through Week 3. However, they were buried by said punt, and the Dolphins took advantage of a short field and scored when they got the ball back.

Players are still adamant it was less about being unprepared and more about plain poor execution. The Eagles have a plan for the future in place and are still good enough to be competitive right now. After their Week 3 wolloping of the Steelers, the team is now given a 20-1 chance of winning Super Bowl 51. Not only did the Eagles smother the Steelers, Wentz did the same.

The Philadelphia Eagles are now 3-0 for the second time in three years with their latest victory coming in blowout fashion.

Wentz could've ran for six or seven yards but, like a veteran, kept his poise and kept the play alive. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has dominated National Football League talk shows the past three weeks and that will only continue after his impressive Week 3 performance against a solid Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

For the season so far, Wentz is looking like one of the top candidates for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Wentz has been so impressive, even his opponents are ready to nominate him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"The biggest thing is complacency", Pederson said.

At sporting goods retailer, Champs Sports, Wentz jerseys have sold out, according to a manager who could not give his name because of store policy. He has that now as a young quarterback.

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