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Wentz sharp in debut as Eagles roll over Browns

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is tackled by Cleveland Browns' Chris Kirksey as Derrick Kindred pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his debut, and the Browns didn’t put up much of a fight in what became a 29-10 win for the Eagles Sunday.

Wentz hit Jordan Matthews for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, then hit Nelson Agholor in the third quarter as the Eagles pulled away. The Browns were as close as 13-10 early in the third quarter, but a bad snap by center Cameron Erving went over the head of Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III for a safety, and the Eagles dominated from there.

Griffin struggled, going 12-of-26 for 190 yards. He hit both Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman for big plays, but the Browns couldn’t sustain drives and couldn’t mount much of anything over the game’s final 20 minutes.

The Eagles outgained the Browns, 403-288, and nearly doubled them up with 39:20 time of possession. The Browns converted just two third downs in 10 tries and were 0-for-2 on fourth down.

Wentz was 22-of-37 passing. He was sacked twice but didn’t turn the ball over. Matthews caught seven passes for 114 yards.

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33 Responses to “Wentz sharp in debut as Eagles roll over Browns”
  1. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Sep 11, 2016 5:20 PM

    wentz looked good, rg not so much

  2. parasol monster says: Sep 11, 2016 5:21 PM

    Yeah it was against Cleveland, but a promising first start for the kid especially considering how little he played in the preseason. He never seemed rattled or confused out there. Looking forward to watching him progress throughout the season.

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 11, 2016 5:23 PM

    He did look solid but let’s not forget it was against the Browns other than joe Haden I can’t name a player on their defense.

  4. skol4life says: Sep 11, 2016 5:26 PM

    Best player on the team just like I said. #BisonNation

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 11, 2016 5:31 PM

    I think highly of RGIII but he made a fatal error signing with the Chernobyl of the NFL in Cleveland. The Lord himself could not lead that franchise to a Superbowl. He looked defeated by third quarter with his awful teammates. I’m so sorry he’s not in DC instead of Cousins but we make our decisions in life and have to live with it. Godspeed Robert. As for the Eagles, this is like a High School team beating a middle school team. Settle down and get used to last place in the East.

  6. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:36 PM

    Of course the Browns wouldn’t have wanted to draft a competent QB like Wentz…….

  7. southpaw79 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:36 PM

    Looked good. I wonder how he will do against an NFL defense.

  8. theblowtorchreview says: Sep 11, 2016 5:40 PM

    Sure looks like RG Me sustained a shoulder or arm injury right there in the final few minutes. That should was hanging low.

  9. theblowtorchreview says: Sep 11, 2016 5:42 PM

    Shoulder

  10. famundacheese says: Sep 11, 2016 5:43 PM

    All alone in first place

  11. bighoser says: Sep 11, 2016 5:48 PM

    Rule #1 in fantasy football this year: If you got a guy going against the Browns, START HIM! Can’t wait to see what AJ Green does against them!

  12. richardparker123 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:48 PM

    Oh, the Browns. 20 years and counting on the futility scale. Only they could make CW look all-world. Does anyone else see a win on Cleveland’s schedule? Smelling 0-16 week one with these losers.

    Is Lebron available?

  13. a1b24312 says: Sep 11, 2016 6:08 PM

    Wentz played well, yes, but he did show aspects of still being a college QB: the way he sets, holds the ball. It Is impressive,though, the ton of an arm he has.

    Yes, it was Cleveland, and their defense is terrible. But for a kid as green as those ugly green Eagles uni’s, it was a promising start.

  14. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 11, 2016 6:09 PM

    Most pundits said that Goff was the more NFL ready qb & Wentz was a better long term prospect. Most pundits were wrong.

  15. bobbyhoying says: Sep 11, 2016 6:22 PM

    Congratulations to PFT. The Browns were appropriately ranked at 32.

  16. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 11, 2016 6:23 PM

    eagles defense played 20 and change minutes. when chipper was the coach, they played 35 or more each sunday.

    and bobbalouie griffin still can’t read a defense and his default is to run. then, he can’t even remember not to run into a direct collision with a stationary defender (and he’s not even close to the first down).

  17. briang123 says: Sep 11, 2016 6:32 PM

    Good think Dak Prescott is having the greatest rookie QB debut in history (just ask Buck and Aikman) so no one will be talking about Wentz this week.

  18. coop16 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:03 PM

    Has Haslam fired the whole front office and coaching staff yet? Or is he waiting until Monday morning?

  19. oscarxray says: Sep 11, 2016 7:22 PM

    Where did it all go wrong? I figure it was when Bill Nelsen’s knees finally gave out and they traded Paul Warfield so they could draft Mike Phipps.

    Since then it’s been nearly 50 SEASONS of futility sprinkled with the “good old days” of Red Right 88,The Drive,The Fumble,The Move,The Tommy Maddox/Dennis Northdrop collapse.

    When the Browns came back in 1999 with PSLs it should have also come with a PSA that the Surgeon General has determined them to be hazardous to your health.

  20. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 11, 2016 9:08 PM

    Good thing Wentz wasn’t good enough for the Browns but RGIII is. Wow. Same old Browns.

  21. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 11, 2016 9:15 PM

    want to hear de podesta say how good wentz is now….

  22. therealtrenches says: Sep 11, 2016 9:22 PM

    “Wentz played well, yes, but he did show aspects of still being a college QB: the way he sets, holds the ball.”

    —————

    Did you even WATCH the game?

    Wentz was under siege for most of the first half and he never looked like anything other than an NFL QB.

  23. PFT's Most Censored says: Sep 11, 2016 9:26 PM

    Was that logical as RG3’s Dr?

  24. rogerpredactor says: Sep 11, 2016 9:32 PM

    Good for Wentz….he has Chicago next.

    That is a winable game too. Danny Trevathan is a nice addition to the defense but Cutler looks the same.

  25. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 11, 2016 9:48 PM

    Wentz wasn’t a good fit for the Browns. He’s a winner.

  26. Youknowimright says: Sep 11, 2016 9:48 PM

    Fifth preseason game. Cleveland is brutal. Kid made some throws against an incompetent franchise. They won’t win two games this yr. Still has alot to prove.

  27. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Sep 11, 2016 11:08 PM

    I don’t know what game you guys were watching. The browns were down by 3 points and had the ball until Camron “I suck always” Irving did yet another bad snap that literally caused a 9 point swing in the game.. That is what happened. The Browns young defense was put into some really bad situations including a bone head fake punt call that they held the eagles to only 3… I still have hope for the Browns this season. Carl Nassib is no joke and will be a household name sooner rather than later.

  28. janvanflac says: Sep 12, 2016 12:11 AM

    I never hated on Bradford as much as some Eagles fans but you have to admit Wentz just passes the eye test in a way that Bradford just doesn’t. Live arm, great mobility, touch. Yeah it was against a bad team but his receivers had 6 drops and he still had 101 passer rating….

  29. autoriot says: Sep 12, 2016 4:33 AM

    Very few (if any) gave the Eagles a win in today’s game, including PFT. I am glad Wentz came out and proved all the haters wrong.

  30. johnnyblumpkin says: Sep 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    I can’t help but draw parallels between Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco. Both come from less than powerhouse programs. Both were slated to ride the bench for their first season. Both started the 1st game because each teams QB situation went a little haywire the week before the first game. Each came out and had a good first game. Hell, they even have the same body type.
    It will be interesting to see if Wentz develops the same as Flacco did.

  31. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 12, 2016 9:00 AM

    proud of this kid, Wentz! He was under pressure all day and help up like a seasoned vet!
    Great work Howie! You are fixing chippas mess in no time!
    you also deserve a cape and a crown for the 1st and the 4th you got for sammie sleeves, shipping him off to siberia MN!

  32. skol4life says: Sep 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    johnnyblumpkin says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:57 AM
    I can’t help but draw parallels between Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco. Both come from less than powerhouse programs. Both were slated to ride the bench for their first season. Both started the 1st game because each teams QB situation went a little haywire the week before the first game. Each came out and had a good first game. Hell, they even have the same body type.
    It will be interesting to see if Wentz develops the same as Flacco did.
    —————
    Curious on what your definition of Powerhouse Program is. NDSU and their 5 straight national championships would disagree.

  33. richardmswartz says: Sep 12, 2016 6:49 PM

    Really liked Wentz’s accuracy and arm strength. There were times he was slow in decision-making, that’s not a knock on him, it’s his first game and that kind of stuff is to be expected all season. Good defenses will make him look pretty shaky like they would any rookie, still though it’s hard not to be encouraged about his future.

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