It’s go time for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. And starting quarterback Carson Wentz recognized several aspects of the game that may assist the Eagles in earning an NFC East division crown for the first time since the 2017 season.
The Eagles (7-7) will host the Cowboys (7-7) at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly, and the winner can reign supreme in the NFC East.
Wentz at a press conference on Wednesday recognized without a wisp of doubt what he needs to do.
“The biggest thing is just the early turnovers, the early turnovers with the slow start — those two things really put us in a whole,” Wentz said to reporters on the first meeting versus the Cowboys. “We put the defense in a bad situation. That’s been the theme this year. When you turn the ball over, it’s tough to win. And for us, we have to maintain drives and start faster than that game, and we’re excited for it.”
The Eagles in Week 7 were blown out 37-10 in what became the second-straight blowout loss for the birds (Eagles were dominated by the Vikings 38-20 in Minnesota the week before).
Wentz on the day was 16 of 26 for 191 yards and a touchdown with a pick, while throwing a 29.3 QBR. And these stats highlight the fact that the Eagles couldn’t sustain drives, though myriad weapons were a virtual nonfactor because of injuries or pure ineffectiveness.
Still, Wentz at the press conference took the Donovan McNabb approach, though later would acknowledge the Eagles need to operate with a crispness and a cadence early and often.
“It kind of is what it is, we are motivated enough,” Wentz said. “There’s a lot at stake in this game for the NFC East, and there is a lot of pride in the fan investment in this game as well. There’s a lot going on. So I don’t think we need anymore motivation, but obviously turning on that tape might help a little bit for some guys.”
Wentz on the year has thrown for 3,431 yards and 25 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Wentz in nine games this year hasn’t thrown a pick.