Update: Carson Wentz’s MRI has revealed a torn ACL
On Sunday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Rams and went on to clinch a playoff spot, as well as the NFC East title. Even though the team won the division, the victory came at a price. In the second half, quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury and did not return to the game. The Eagles are concerned that Wentz suffered a torn ACL, but nothing is official as of Monday morning. The sophomore quarterback will be going into an MRI to determine how serious the injury is.
After a decent rookie season, Wentz came into his second season with high expectations, and lived up to the hype. throwing for 3,005 yards, 29 touchdowns, 6 interceptions with a passer rating of 102.0. In only his sophomore season, Wentz has transformed from being the second pick in the NFL Draft to a front-runner for NFL MVP this season, which is unheard of in the NFL, considering most players tend to hit a learning curve once they hit their second season.
In his two seasons, Wentz has produced outstanding numbers, showing everyone why the Eagles picked him up with the second overall pick. With a strong arm in the pocket, the ability to make plays with his arm and feet, the capability to make accurate throws, and potential to be a leader on and off the field, it is a no-brainer to why the Eagles made a deal with the Cleveland Browns in order to move up in the NFL Draft.
With the team averaging 30.1 points per game, second in the league, 385.1 yards of total offense, third in the league, and 241.8 passing yards per game, it is obvious that Wentz is a huge and important piece of this franchise.
When this injury occurred, it reminded me a lot of the Oakland Raiders last season, who were red hot, up until quarterback Derek Carr suffered a season-ending injury in week 16. The Eagles are red hot as of right now, and depending on how serious the injury to Wentz is, the team may very well turn into the 2016 Raiders.
If it is true, and Wentz did tear something in his knee, the Eagles will have to turn to a familiar face in Nick Foles, who spent three years in Philadelphia from 2012-2014 as the starting quarterback. The front office brought him back this past off-season to be a backup to Wentz.
In his six seasons in the league, Foles has proven to be a serviceable backup in the league. On the field, he will not produce superstar numbers, but he can get the job done if Wentz is out indefinitely. Even though he has a playoff game start under his belt, it is going to be difficult for Eagles fans to trust him in the playoffs when he faces teams such as New Orleans, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Carolina, and potentially Seattle or Atlanta.
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