My Rookie QB Is Better Than Your Rookie QB!
That’s what Philly Fans everywhere are saying to Dallas fans right now as we witness the “Rise of the NFC East Rookies.” Carson Wentz, the Eagles 2nd Pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, led his team to a convincing 29-10 win at “The Link” in South Philly. Wentz wowed everyone who wanted to watch by throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns in a stellar NFL debut as the Philadelphia Eagles beat Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Promoted from No. 3 quarterback to starter just eight days ago, the No. 2 overall pick from North Dakota State looked like a potential franchise player. Wentz played mistake-free football despite missing the last three preseason games with injured ribs. He finished 22 of 37 with a 101.0 passer rating. So what did Wentz have to say about opening Day?
I felt very confident,” Wentz said. “It’s a great first start.”
While Carson looked real good, at times, so did Dak. It remains to be seen which QB will excel or exceed expectations. For now, all of Philly has breathed a collective sigh of relief as we beat a beatable team AT HOME. And he only played 5 minutes in the pre-season. Go figure! But let’s not purchase NFC East Championship Banners just yet.
Meanwhile, Dak Prescott, the 8th quarterback chosen in this year’s Draft, tried to lead his team to a dramatic comeback, only to fall to the New York “Football” Giants, 20-19, in Big “D.” The Cowboys had a chance late, but they failed to get in position for a game-winning field goal attempt in the final seconds. Out of timeouts, Terrance Williams needed to get out of bounds on the game’s final play. But he cut inside instead of running out of bounds and there wasn’t enough time left to spike the ball to stop the clock. What a way to end the game. So while he didn’t lose the game, he didn’t win it either.
Dak lost to a Division rival with a veteran called Eli Manning at the helm. He’s a big kid with a strong arm, just like Carson. So after one loss, it’s not time to press the panic button in Dallas yet. Dak didn’t throw a touchdown pass but he also didn’t turn it over, either. Dak will definitely need to find a way to get Dez Bryant involved going forward. Bryant was targeted five times and nearly had a highlight TD grab. But the team’s star receiver finished with only 1 catch for 8 yards. That has to change for this offense to reach its potential. Prescott finished 25 of 44 for 227 yards and a 70.9 passer rating.
So, like I said, MY rookie beat the Dallas rookie – at least for today. So while a stellar start is a good thing, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.