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Just a few minutes after Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced that Carson Wentz was cleared and would be back in the starting role for Philadelphia Brandon Brooks Jersey , Pederson was asked about how much can realistically be expected from the QB his first week back.
The question was based off of comments made by tight end Zach Ertz, who tried to tame teammate and fan expectations. Ertz noted that Wentz isn’t Superman, and there are still things that he will need to work on and that the team will need to improve, even after the QB is back on the field. Pederson echoed Ertz, stating that Wentz’s return is exciting for everyone, but he’s not going to come back and look like he did last year, or that all of a sudden they aren’t going to have issues with open targets downfield or with the offensive line letting defenders through. Those things will still be there until they as a team work to eliminate the mistakes and be more productive.So, at the end of the day — and following the team’s first loss since the Super Bowl win — how much will Carson Wentz’s return help the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles?Still, a lot.Aggressive play styleSome incredible things happen in football when a quarterback has confidence in his receivers to make contested catches. It’s rare that you’re going to have guys a few steps ahead of the secondary, or completely open mid-field, but having the confidence that the target will run his route correctly and end up where he should, is much easier said than done for quarterbacks.Wentz has always had a good relationship with his receivers, and trusts them to make big plays. He may not have hosted his offensive weapons in North Dakota this offseason Authentic Jordan Hicks Jersey , but a lot of time was spent rehabbing in Philly and relationships developed and grew in his time in the locker room and in film sessions.He might not have Alshon Jeffery downfield (yet) but he is incredibly familiar with Nelson Agholor, and has that kind of trust to just let the ball loose downfield. He also has a great relationship with Ertz, which should really help build the tight ends game, which has started fairly slow this season.Preparedness pre-snapIf it felt like an eternity between when the ball was snapped and when Nick Foles made the decision to throw it these past two games, you are not alone. Sure, Foles split reps during training camp with Wentz, but it seemed like he wasn’t quite prepared to make quick decisions after the snap. Carson Wentz is not that guy. Credit to his preparedness, or just his personality, Wentz trusts his targets and knows where the ball should go early on in plays. Alluding to his penchant to be aggressive (above), he carries that same type of confidence from the huddle to the snap, and then in each second off the clock after that.The X-factorPart of the reason we all missed Carson Wentz so much at the end of last season, were those random, non-designed moments when a play seemed dead Youth Stefen Wisniewski Jersey , and then out pops the QB from a pile of defenders to move the chains and keep the Eagles in contention.It wasn’t just once or twice that Wentz delivered these highlight-worthy moments, he does so regularly, and it’s that x-factor that is desperately needed to bring to life a seriously deflated offense. From injuries to just downright being ineffective, the list of grievances thus far by the Eagles’ offense is long; Wentz won’t be the end all cure to these issues, but he will go a long way in righting the ship.Eagles vs. Vikings Game Predictions I said it after the Philadelphia’s disappointing loss to the Tennessee Titans and I’ll say it again now: we are going to find out a lot about this 2018 Eagles team today. How this group responds to blowing a 17 to 3 lead last Sunday should let us know just how much fight this team has left in them. The Eagles’ Week 5 opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, arguably have more reason to be desperate than Philly given their 1-2-1 record. But it’d be disappointing to see that show up on the field. The Eagles need to look like the team playing with real urgency. Despite their shaky start, the Eagles should still inspire some faith. Their 17-2 home record has been brought up a billion times this week. That shouldn’t be easily dismissed. That’s a significant advantage working in their favor.Another reason to feel good is that the Eagles still have one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Carson Wentz looked really sharp against the Titans in Week 4 despite the fact he was dealing with a ton of pressure and drops. This offensive line just needs to protect him better. We know they’re capable of doing it.We also know the Eagles defensive line is capable of disrupting the Vikings’ passing offense. Minnesota has allowed the most quarterback pressures in the league this season. The Eagles MUST make life hard on Kirk Cousins and not give him all day to throw against this secondary. Cousins had a tendency to turn the ball over. It’s critical that the Eagles come up with some takeaways. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have at least a little bit of uneasiness heading into this one since the Eagles have been inconsistent. But the truth is the Vikings have looked worse through four games. The Eagles have what it takes to win this game and I believe they will. I expect the play in the trenches to remind of us how the Eagles were so good in 2017. Wentz is going to put up touchdowns against a Vikings defense that’s allowing an average of 29.6 points per game since the NFC Championship Game earlier this year.The reigning Super Bowl champions are going to asset themselves today. The Eagles are going to build a lead comfortable enough to the point where Nick Foles gets to come in for the victory formation at the end of the game. Fans at the Linc will be doing the “FOLES!” chant in mockery of “SKOL.” The Eagles will be advancing to 3-2 while Minnesota drops to 1-3-1.Suggested format:Score prediction:Bold prediction:My predictions:Score prediction: 38-7, Eagles win.Bold prediction: The Eagles intercept Kirk Cousins three times, including one pick six by Sidney Jones. Fan predictions:Bleeding Green Nation FanPulse (survey of Eagles fans): Eagles favored by 3 pointsDaily Norseman FanPulse (survey of Vikings fans): Eagles favored by 1 pointLeave your own predictions in the comments.
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