Carson Wentz followed his exceptional Week 1 performance in Philadelphia’s win over the Cleveland Browns with another solid showing as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears with a final score of 29-14 on Monday Night Football.
Since 2012, each rookie Jeremiah Attaochu Jersey quarterback who started an NFL game in Week 1 regressed at least somewhat in their Week 2 performance. The same was true for Wentz, but he still played well enough to help the Eagles secure the victory.
Wentz completed 21 of 34 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, which was a statistical decline from his Week 1 effort of 278 yards and two touchdowns. Still, Wentz’s performance was enough to get the job done despite taking a couple of Joe Barksdale Jersey big hits from Chicago’s defense.
Unfortunately, Minnesota’s defensive aggression also showed in the number of penalties it committed, which was a disadvantage for the Vikings. In the first quarter, Minnesota cornerback Terence Newman was flagged for a defensive pass interference penalty that gave the Packers 40 yards. Just one play later he was penalized again for defensive holding.
The Vikings kept rolling despite injuries to quarterback Sam Bradford, who returned to the game with a bruise on his non-throwing hand, and running back Adrian Peterson, who was ruled out of the game with a knee injury. Green Bay had been very successful in containing Peterson, limiting him to just 19 yards on 12 carries.
Despite the injury, Bradford finished the game with 286 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. It was the most passing yards by any starting Vikings quarterback in their debut with the team.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also fundamentally important to Minnesota’s offensive success. Diggs contributed 182 receiving yards and one touchdown.
If the Vikings keep playing like this, especially on defense, they’ll certainly be able to hold their own.