Wentz braces for Dallas defense

Ed Benkin
December 06, 2018 - 4:27 pm
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Dallas Cowboys have featured one of the top defenses in the NFL in recent weeks. Carson Wentz has no intention of giving the Cowboys any extra motivation.

On Wednesday, Eagles Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill said the Cowboys have had a recent history of choking. The comments gave Dallas fresh bulletin board material on the eve of the biggest game of the season. Wentz decided to take the high road when asked if he wanted to elaborate on his teammate's comments.

"I don't want to dive into that at all," said Wentz. "All I know is we and myself, personally, have a lot of respect for that team and what they're doing this year. Obviously, we've watched a ton of their defense. They do a lot of things well."

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Wentz is likely wise to not add further fuel to the fire. The Dallas Defense is currently ranked fifth in the NFL and fourth in the league against the run. Wentz will likely be counted on to air it out more than in previous weeks and knows the Cowboys Defense well after seeing Dallas last month at the Linc.

"It's not like their structure has changed," Wentz said. "They're not really crazy complex. They just do what they do and they do it well. It's not going to come down to anything crazy. We'll just have to make more plays than them."

The Dallas Cowboys have featured one of the top defenses in the NFL in recent weeks. Carson Wentz has no intention of giving the Cowboys any extra motivation.
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The Cowboys opened plenty of eyes around the league with their upset win over the Saints in their last outing. New Orleans had steamrolled through ten straight opponents (including the Eagles) before the Dallas Defense stifled the Saints' high flying offense. Wentz was impressed with what he saw on film with how the Cowboys were able to contain Drew Brees and his talented teammates.

"It looks like they did everything well," said Wentz. "I thought they were flying around. Their pursuit is something you notice on film. When guys are out in the open, it just seems like everyone is rallying to the ball. They do a good job."

The Eagles did have their share of success moving the ball against Dallas in last month's game. Despite the defeat, Wentz and his teammates put up impressive numbers with much of the yardage coming in the second half. For Wentz, it comes down to putting together a complete game on Sunday.

"We've just got to really put four quarters together," Wentz said. "In a game like this where we both know each other so well and just played a couple of weeks ago, it's not going to come down to anything fancy.  It's just going to come down to guys making plays and we just have to execute better than them."