Eagles hope offense is back on track

Ed Benkin
October 17, 2018 - 4:59 pm
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates with quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and running back Corey Clement (30) after making a touchdown catch against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium, Oct. 11, 2018.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It took six games, but the Eagles offense finally looked like its old self again.

After an inconsistent start to the season, the offensive unit resembled the 2017 version in a win at the Meadowlands. There was production both on the ground and through the air as the Eagles put up 34 points against the Giants.  

The big question now is whether the offense can sustain its prosperity. Quarterback Carson Wentz does not think that will be a problem for a team that hates to make mistakes.

"You face adversity and you face a loss," said Wentz. "We're hungry. That's a locker room with hungry guys. When guys make mistakes, they're not happy about it. They're not guys who hang their heads. We're guys who are looking forward to improving those mistakes and learning from them."

One of the other reasons for the offensive outburst may be continuity. This has been a year in which the offense has seen a host of players go in and out of the lineup, which includes Wentz, who did not return to game action until Week 3.  

Head coach Doug Pederson said getting more pieces in place over an extended period of time may be why the offense performed better last week.

"One of the things you're seeing is the amount of injury we had on offense to start the year," Pederson said. "Those guys are now getting their sea legs, so to speak, and their game legs and game shape and being on time and in rhythm with the quarterback now.  I think you saw more of a complete game."

Even with the lineup shuffling, the players in the lineup on offense were making uncharacteristic mistakes. Penalties, red zone errors and turnovers became more of the norm over the first five games of the season.  

Pederson saw fewer mistakes in Week 6, and he's hoping the mistakes will continue to disappear as the season progresses.

"What you also saw was we didn't have as many penalties," Pederson added. "We had four total for the entire game. We didn't turn the ball over. We didn't have red zone woes. Those things are beginning to go away and obviously we have to continue that trend."

Wentz will obviously be one of the big reasons why the offense will be able to continue with the kind of performance the football world watched last Thursday. The days of talking about Wentz's 2017 knee injury have ended. Wentz is showing no signs of lingering effects from the injury and is running nearly the same way he used to before he was hurt.

"I felt great coming back out with my knee and where I'm at with all of that," Wentz said. "I'm just learning to protect myself and slide. I feel like that's been fairly successful. I'm always looking to make plays with my arm first but when I need to, I feel good making them with my legs."

Wentz is hoping his arm and his legs will help pull the Eagles out of an early season funk, which has left them at the .500 mark over the first six games.

"We're sitting at 3-3," Wentz added. "We're not fully where we want to be, but we definitely have a long season ahead of us."